Evangelization and DiscipleshipCourse Level: Intermediate

Course Summary

This course will explore our call to conversion and discipleship, the meaning of evangelization from a Catholic perspective, and its relationship to the ministries of ord, Worship and service. It includes useful suggestions related to evangelization efforts within parishes and has tools for evaluating current needs.

Successful completion of this course earns 2.5 CEU's. Click here for more information about CEU's.

General Course Objectives

  • Name some implications of being a disciple of Jesus Christ
  • Understand evangelization as the essential mission of the Church and all baptized Christians
  • Identify the key Church documents, such as Evangelization in the Modern World, Go and Make Disciples, Thy Kingdom Come, etc.
  • Describe evangelization in a Catholic context
  • Understand the role of the parish community in proclaiming the Good News
  • Describe the relationship between evangelization and conversion
  • Describe the relationship between evangelization and the Kingdom of God
  • Articulate the importance of sharing one's faith with others

Course Materials

  • Required Book: All required readings are online.
  • Optional Book: Congregation for the Clergy Chapter 1 of The General Directory for Catechesis Can be ordered through the USCCB Libreria Editrice Vaticana (published in the United States by the USCCB), 1997. ISBN: 1574552252; ISBN-13: 978-1574552256

Course Structure and Highlights

  • Week 1: Catholic Evangelization and Discipleship
    • Name some implications of being a disciple of Jesus Christ
    • Describe the relationship between evangelization and the Kingdom of God
    • Identify the key Church documents, such as Evangelization in the Modern World, Go and Make Disciples, Thy Kingdom Come, etc.
  • Week 2: Evangelistic Spirituality and Conversion
    • Describe the relationship between evangelization and conversion
    • Describe the relationship between evangelization and spirituality
  • Week 3: Partners in Evangelization
    • Articulate the importance of sharing one's faith with others
    • Understand that Christian discipleship happens in the context of culture
  • Week 4: Ministry, Word, Worship, Service
    • Understand the role of the parish community in proclaiming the good news
    • Describe the relationship between evangelization and ministry
  • Week 5: Evangelization at the Center
    • Understand evangelization as the essential mission of the Church and all baptized Christians
    • Describe evangelization in a Catholic context