The Church cannot be anything but missionary. Because Jesus sent his followers on mission the Church was born. The Second Vatican Council called the whole Church to an understanding of mission rooted in the life of the Trinity as a sending community. The teaching of the Council moves us beyond a view of mission as “foreign mission” to a deeper view that is an expression of our baptismal identity. The Father sends the Son, the Son sends the Holy Spirit and the Spirit sends us to make God known and loved!
This six-part formation series is designed for gatherings of parish leaders or any small group to reflect on our common missionary spirit and how we can live it together. Each session includes a short video presentation and an easy to follow workbook text. Return to these materials again and again as you strive to reclaim your missionary identity!
1. Encountering Christ in the Scriptures: Work with the story of the Samaritan Woman to help people open themselves to deeper intimacy with the Lord. Deeper Prayer- Lectio Divina, Guided Meditation, Centering Prayer, etc.
2. Responding to Christ: Conversion and ongoing conversion as the call to growth. Five types of conversion and their implications for changing our hearts and minds.
3. Helps for Growing in Christ: Our liturgical life and how ritual works. Explore how ritual works and the primary symbols of our Catholic liturgical life. The process of growth as we encounter Christ in Word and Sacrament.
4. Mission Education: Rediscovering our missionary identity and living our faith in the public square. Discovering what the documents of the Church teach us about mission.
5. Being Sent: The witness of our lives is meant to attract others to life in the Church. Getting acquainted with tools that can help us see ourselves more clearly.
6. Cycle of Mission Praxis: This tool enables people to apply a theology of mission in various contexts. It gives people a concrete tool that can be used by groups concerned about mission and the new evangelization.
Available in English or Spanish.