The role of the parish in engaging and evangelizing people as disciples and stewards cannot be underestimated. Explore the religious landscape in the Western world, particularly in the United States; learn what people, especially younger adults seek in their lives and from us as members of Christ’s Body; focus on three essential bridges that people and parishes can build, reaching out to those within the parish and beyond it, and drawing them in, to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. We will do all of this in the context of what it means to be a disciple and to grow as a good steward, and what this may mean for our communities of faith.
|9:15–9:30am||Welcome and Opening Prayer by Bishop McGrath|
|9:30–10:15am||The Evangelizing Community: Sharing the Joy of the Gospel in the Church and World Today
• Context: Discipleship and Stewardship
• Pope Francis’ Vision of the Evangelizing Community
• The Religious Landscape of the Western World
|10:35–11:15am||Disciples and Stewards as Builders of Bridges
• What People Seek: Spiritual Dimension, Communal Dimension, Contributing to Mission with Meaning
• The Bridge as an Analogy for Who We Are Called to Be
• Bridges are Built Person-to-Person
|11:15–Noon||Three “Entrance Ramps”: Welcome, Friendship, Sharing|
|Noon–12:30pm||Planning to Take the Next Steps
• Discussion and Brief Appreciative Process
• Overview of Bridges
Leisa Anslinger and Stephanie Moore, Co-Directors of Catholic Life and Faith.
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The Diocesan 2015 Stewardship Seminar is made possible by a grant from the Catholic Community Foundation of Santa Clara County.