To help you reach out to your parishioners we have compiled resources to aid you in creating a plan for evangelizing in this time, using the PEW Model. PEW stands for Pray, Engage, Welcome, and it outlines the basic steps for planning as we seek to build a stronger church in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
“apart from me, you can do nothing” – john 15:5
prayer is at the heart of all our efforts in evangelization. everything we do begins and ends in prayer. if we want to be successful in our outreach of inviting catholics back as the dispensation is lifted, we must make a radical commitment to prayer and beg the lord to bless our efforts. building a culture of prayer at your parish is essential to becoming an evangelizing parish. visit the pray page for a few simple recommendations for prayer activities at your parish that you can undertake as the first step of evangelization.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”– John 15:5
Engaging others is more than just inviting them. While invitation is a key part of engagement, what we truly want is to be in relationship with those who we are seeking to evangelize. Invitation and programs are an important part of evangelization, but we know that being in relationship makes invitations and programs more meaningful. All of our outreach and invitations should oriented towards making a personal connection with those that we are inviting back to church.
Visit the Engage page for ideas and templates for what your parish might do to reach out and connect in meaningful ways with those in your community.
"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” - Hebrews 13:2
Showing a true welcome to anyone who attends our parish is so much more than just opening the door, smiling and saying hello. In order to show true hospitality, like a good host, we must work to make our parishioners and guests truly welcome anytime they are with us, for the duration of their time with us. This means we have to know them, their interests, what engages them and how we can meet their spiritual and physical needs. In order to show true hospitality, we must have a parish plan for how we can walk with people in Christian community as we welcome them into our parishes.
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