Office of Catechesis & Faith Formation

Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph

Effectively Share
the Message of
Jesus Christ

We help Catholics re-imagine faith formation through missionary discipleship, a powerful process that helps you connect with parishioners, revitalize your ministry, and transform your parish. 

What is Missionary Discipleship?

A 3-stage process that ensures your people receive the right formation at the right time. 

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Know Christ

This is the foundation of discipleship ministry. People must know Jesus and his life-saving message before they will want to learn more about him or change their lives to follow him. 

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Grow in Christ

Next, a person grows in their commitment and relationship with Jesus through ongoing formation and spiritual practices--particularly regular Bible reading and private mental prayer

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Serve Christ

Finally, we help people use their talents and spiritual gifts in service to others. Mission is an essential part of discipleship. Just as the apostles were gathered, formed, and sent out...so are we. 

Learn More About Discipleship Ministry

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We're Working Toward the Vision of Pope Francis... 

...to become a mission-focused, disciple-making Church that can transform the world.

Pope Francis, Joy of the Gospel

"I dream of a “missionary option” – that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelization of today’s world rather than for her [own] self-preservation."

Pope Francis
Forming Intentional Disciples

Sherry Weddell, Forming Intentional Disciples

"We have seen it happen over and over. The presence of a significant number of disciples changes everything: a parish's spiritual tone, energy level, attendance, bottom line, and what parishioners ask of their leaders. Disciples pray with passion. Disciples worship. Disciples love the Church and serve her with energy and joy. Disciples give lavishly. Disciples hunger to learn more about their faith...disciples evangelize because they have really good news to share." 

What Makes Missionary Discipleship Different?

As someone involved in ministry, you want to see your parish flourish and grow...to reach more people for Jesus. However, people are busy. They don't see the importance of faith formation and don't make time for it. Missionary discipleship is a new approach that meets people where they are and takes them through a process of faith development. By respecting the stages of spiritual growth, it helps people see the relevance of faith and offers the right formation at the right time. (Click to continue reading)

What Are Parish Leaders Saying...

...about the greatest needs (and obstacles) in adult faith formation today?

In May/June 2017, we conducted listening sessions with over 200 pastors, parish staff, and ministry leaders from around our diocese to discuss evangelization, discipleship, and adult faith formation. We asked two questions: What are your dreams for parish adult faith formation and what are the biggest obstacles to those dreams. Join our email list receive an insightful, free report analyzing over 250 responses from parish leaders.  

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Contact us to learn how missionary discipleship could fit in your parish ministry. 

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