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.

  • A Place of Peace – Galen’s journey of FaithA Place of Peace – Galen’s journey of Faith
    “We are not converted only once in our lives but many times and this endless series of conversions and inner revolutions leads to our transformation.”–Thomas Merton “It has taken me so much soul-searching and prayer to choose to be a participant in the Faith journey from a private life to a public life,” admits Galen […] Read more »
  • A passion for excellenceA passion for excellence
    One woman’s life journey in helping others Setting one’s path in life is something most everyone strives for. However, balancing Faith, family, a career and community involvement is difficult. Commitment must be strong for someone to be successful in all these areas today. Imagine how difficult it was in 1955 for young women just out […] Read more »
  • Confirmation, a Graduation … to Life in the SpiritConfirmation, a Graduation … to Life in the Spirit
    “Confirmation isn’t a graduation”; a phrase probably hundreds of young people hear across our diocese as they prepare for confirmation. But what if it is? Not a graduation from the Faith, but a graduation to a deeper Faith; a new life in the Holy Spirit. As I reflect on confirmation, I can’t help but think […] Read more »
  • Baptized, Nurtured and Confirmed in the SpiritBaptized, Nurtured and Confirmed in the Spirit
    As we are taught in the catechism of our Faith, the three sacraments of Christian initiation are: baptism, confirmation and Eucharist. These sacraments form the basic action of our lives of Faith. In baptism, of course, we are reborn—cleansed of original sin—into the divine family; we are children of God. In the sacrament of confirmation, […] Read more »
  • The Joy of LifeThe Joy of Life
    Aleka and Ben celebrate the gift of each other Aleka and Ben Loux live in a modest, attractive twin home in Baldwin, about 30 miles east of Minneapolis/St. Paul, just off nearby Interstate 94 and about an 18-mile drive northeast of River Falls. A conspicuous and friendly welcome sign sits to the left of their […] Read more »

Contact Information

Office of Catechesis and Evangelization
Phone: 608.791.2658

Ann Lankford, M.A., Director

Beth Johnson, Administrative Assistant