Schools of Missionary Discipleship
Welcome to the Schools of Missionary Discipleship! The purpose of these schools is two-fold: to be formed more deeply in your friendship with Jesus Christ (discipleship) and to be equipped with the skills for helping others come to encounter Jesus’ great love for them (mission). The Schools of Missionary Discipleship draw heavily from The Catholic Leadership Institute’s Parish Missionary Disciples course and we are greatly indebted to CLI for training us and sharing their content with us. Supplemental content for the course is taken from FOCUSEquip.org.
Flyer for Part 1, School of Discipleship (in English; Spring 2023)
This course is also available in Spanish. Click here for details.
Click the menu bars below to learn more about course content. To register, please click the Register button below.
Part 1, School of Discipleship
Part 1, The School of Discipleship
Part 1, the School of Discipleship, will help you grow deeper in personal friendship with Jesus through prayer and personal conversion. Each session consists of: teaching, prayer, discussion and engaging activities that will help you practice what you have learned.
Session 1: The Urgency of the New Evangelization
- Introduction to the Church’s vision for evangelization and missionary discipleship
- How to pray Lectio Divina, a simple way to hear God’s voice speaking to you through the Scriptures
Session 2: Who is Jesus and Why Did He Come?
- Rediscovering the kerygma, the core Gospel message of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus
- Opportunity to examine your relationship with Jesus and pray about next steps to grow deeper
Session 3: Friendship with God
- Learning how prayer and the interior life are the foundation of missionary discipleship
- How to pray fruitfully in front of the Blessed Sacrament
Session 4: The Cost of Discipleship
- How to cultivate a supernatural outlook on trials and suffering to make them fruitful
- The radical demands of the Gospel on our personal lives and the power of Confession
Session 5: The Power of Intercession
- The power of Our Lady and the Saints in winning souls for Jesus
- How to pray the Rosary to access its full fruits
Session 6: Preparing for Mission
- The power of spontaneous prayer and how to pray with someone
- Next steps in your journey of missionary discipleship
Part 2, School of Mission
Part 2, School of Mission
“…and I will make you fishers of men.” (Mark 1:17)
After participating in the School of Discipleship, participants are invited to register for Part 2, the School of Mission. These six sessions will equip you with the skills you need to go forth as “fishers of men,” seeking to win souls with and for Jesus. Each session consists of: teaching, prayer, discussion and engaging activities that will help you practice what you have learned.
Session 7: Becoming a Missionary Disciple
- The path of missionary discipleship: the stages someone goes through to become a missionary disciple
- The qualities to cultivate in yourself and to look for in others when choosing ministry leaders for your parish or organization
Session 8: Accompanying and Building Trust with Others
- Focusing and inspiring another
- Building friendship with others
- Investing in others
Session 9: Opening Hearts and Minds
- Intentional invitations
- Proactively listening
- Best practices for healthy conversations
Session 10: Sharing the Gospel with Others
- What is the Kerygma? The core Gospel message of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus
- How to share the Kerygma with others when the time is right
Session 11: Sharing Your Personal Testimony with Others
- How your personal faith journey intersects with the Kerygma
- How to share your personal testimony in a way that can change hearts
Session 12: Going Forth
- Making your discipleship action plan
- Praying with another for the gifts of the Holy Spirit
- Where to go from here
- Part 1, School of Discipleship: Thursdays, March 2, 16, 30, April 13, 27 and May 11, 9:15am-12:15pm at St. Charles Borromeo Parish Hall, Drexel Hill (Click here for the flyer)
- Cost: $50 for Part 1, The School of Discipleship
- Includes: Six sessions, participants’ guide, drinks and snacks for each meeting.
- Click the button below to register for the course.
We’re sorry, the Spring 2023 cohort is now full.