You spend hours preparing a bible study…
You talk it up, advertise, even phone people…
Only 15 show up.
Weeks later only five continued. There are 1300 people in your parish and same 15 keep showing up.
Is this what happens in your parish? It does at mine.
This is not, however, what happens at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, Yukon, Oklahoma. Father Rex Arnold tried something new. He started a process of missionary discipleship.
In 2014, their diocesan Office of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship trained one man and one woman from this parish the discipleship process.
In 2015, these two people lead 25 parishioners in three groups through a yearlong discipleship process. The next year, that grew to 70 people in 10 groups. By 2017, there were over 185 people in 26 small groups.
In just three years, almost 300 people took the yearlong training in missionary discipleship and that number continues to grow.
So, why is St. John Nepomuk different? [Read more…] about Why Missionary Discipleship?