Building a Culture of Missionary Discipleship in the Catholic Parish

Webinar Conversations with Ann Lankford and Dr. Carole Brown


Dr. Carole Brown has over 30 years of experience in church ministry. Her particular interest is in helping the Church to build “a culture of conversion” — or  we could call it “a culture of missionary discipleship.” She did her PhD studying Pope Saint John Paul II’s approach to the conversion of the baptized. In this brief introduction, Carole relates how she developed a relationship with the Person of Jesus Christ, which is the most important aspect of our faith life.

Time:  12 minutes

Session 1 – Why does the Church need the New Evangelization?

The primary reason that Catholics give, when they leave the Church for evangelical churches, is that “I didn’t meet Jesus in a meaningful way as a Catholic.”  We need an intentional plan to help Catholics have a personal encounter with Jesus that roots them in the Catholic Faith.

Time:  9 minutes

Session 2 – Our mission is clarified

“The Church wishes to serve this single end that each person may be able to find Christ so that Christ may walk with each person the path of life…”

Time:  9 minutes

Session 3 – Understanding Conversion:  What does a Fulfilled Conversion look like?

In this video, Dr. Brown discusses nine aspects or dynamics of a fulfilled conversion and contrasts it with a less complete experience that is more typical of what we have come to expect.

Time:  32 minutes

Session 4 – Jenny Meets Kate:  What evangelization looks like

Shifting from a distorted idea of evangelization, this short video depicts the process of leading another person to faith in the context of friendship and outlines several Catholic principles of evangelization in action.

Time:  34 minutes

Session 5 – A Game Plan

Transcription of the video on the Game Plan. It is helpful to read the 2 1/2 page transcription before watching the video.

How do we lay a consistent path for anyone in the parish to come to a living relationship with Jesus? This video presents a practical method and tool for doing so.

Time:  16 minutes

Session 6 – Multiplying Discipleship in the Parish

Multiplying discipleship is the method Jesus used when He first established the Church. This video shows how that same method can be used today to renew our parish communities.  

Time:  27 minutes



Catholic Life Articles

Here are a few Catholic Life articles. To read the full article, click on the blue colored title.

  • Pope St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body Unlocks the Meaning of Our HumanityPope St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body Unlocks the Meaning of Our Humanity
    When I was a young adult, I went back to school to learn the Catholic Faith. Up to this point, I had been employed as a tennis pro teaching at a large, indoor racquet club, and following that, as a sales representative for a significant real estate title company. Even amidst the high-paying salaries, company […] Read more »
  • Tina finds her most rewarding jobTina finds her most            rewarding job
    Tina Simmons still remembers the first woman who came to her Earn While You Learn (EWYL) pregnancy care program, which is part of the St. Francesca Resource Center at Notre Dame Parish in Chippewa Falls. The program involves watching videos on prenatal/postnatal care and parenting skills, with each viewing earning credits toward assorted baby items. […] Read more »
  • Faith Working Through LoveFaith Working Through Love
    “If you keep showing up, Jesus will put you to work in some way.” That’s how Matt Elstran, a member of Notre Dame Parish in Chippewa Falls, explains the pro-life, charitable and evangelization efforts he has embraced over the years. Matt’s words about “showing up” refer to fidelity to daily Mass and to his eucharistic […] Read more »
  • Our StoryOur Story
    God’s Plan God, our Creator and Lord, calls us to the very depths of who we are. Each of us is intimately, uniquely designed in his image and likeness. We were conceived in love by God and by our parents – that is our origin. We are made for love and Heaven – that is […] Read more »
  • Faith, farm, and familyFaith, farm, and family
    Allan and Connie give their lives to God and reap joy Faith, farm and family have been intertwined for Allan and Connie Walter of Loyal since they married in 2001. The couple are raising their family of nine children on the farm where Allan grew up and continues the family membership at St. Anthony de […] Read more »

Contact Information

Office of Catechesis and Evangelization
Phone: 608.791.2658

Ann Lankford, M.A., Director

Paula Boyle, Administrative Assistant