"The parish is not an outdated institution; precisely because it possesses great flexibility, it can assume quite different contours depending on the openness and missionary creativity of the pastor and the community. While certainly not the only institution which evangelizes, if the parish proves capable of self-renewal and constant adaptivity, it continues to be “the Church living in the midst of the homes of her sons and daughters”
- Joy of the Gospel, 28
Is your parish ready to respond to the call to become an evangelizing parish? Whether you are looking for one program to fit a particular need or you need help crafting a path of discipleship, we are here to help!
Before you get too far into individual programs & resources, make sure you're aware of our Vision for Evangelization.
Who are you trying to reach?
We have created a resource called the Parish Audience Tool to help you analyze the effectiveness of your parish "Path of Discipleship" and fill in the missing links.
This tool identifies 6 typical audiences that we see in most parishes. Want to learn more? Click here.
Only 0.6% of Catholics feel like they have had sufficient training to share the good news of Jesus Christ. If we're all called to be missionary disciples - we have to help those who desire to evangelize gain the confidence to go forth and make Christ known.
The EQUIP Parish Discipleship program is a 12 week small group program intended for the roughly 7% of Catholics who desire to evangelize. The study is hands on and meant to be done in groups of 4-5 people. Learn more here.
Preparing for Mission
This 13 part Guidebook can be used in any setting at a parish - with staff, volunteers or anyone who is looking to get involved in the mission we're called to.
Revive Parish - Free Online Parish Training
The Archdiocese is happy to partner with Revive Parishes to offer you access to courses from experts around the country. These courses are geared to help our parish staff and volunteers gain an understanding of the best practices in all areas of parish life. Sign up here.
The Office of Evangelization and Discipleship is supported by the Annual Catholic Appeal