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.

  • Marriage as a path to holinessMarriage as a path to holiness
    “Never go to bed angry. Make sure you spend time together. Make sure you pray together.” Newlyweds hear these adages time and time again and, while they seem trivial, they hold wisdom. Derek and Faythe Weinmann have taken these words to heart. Having been married just shy of two years, they are learning what a […] Read more »
  • Conversing with JesusConversing with Jesus
    Pam and Mike find solace for their marriage in eucharistic adoration Pam and Mike Spaid enjoy peace and serenity as eucharistic adorers at St. Peter Parish in Stevens Point. At least once a week, they visit the church and spend an hour in intimate closeness with Jesus. “There is a peace there, and it is […] Read more »
  • Where happiness is foundWhere happiness is found
    Ian and Kayla Leavitt of Holy Family Parish in Arcadia met in 2011 during their freshman year of college at UW-Stout. Ian had been recruited to play football, and one of the team’s responsibilities was to help move freshmen into the dorms. To make the task more exciting, Ian and a couple friends had a […] Read more »
  • I will love you foreverI will love you forever
    In the lives of men and women, few situations create more “drama” than the preparation for and the actual living out of loving relationships. Over the years, I have discovered that the true unity of men and women in sacramental marriage has taken a decided turn for a less than sacred or God-centered union. As […] Read more »
  • Caring for God’s CreationCaring for God’s Creation
    Pat and Jack count their many blessings For almost seven decades, Cashton native Jack Herricks has lived and worked on his family’s dairy farm. “My grandparents began this farm as newlyweds in 1912,” he says. “Grandpa had a long reign running the farm—he didn’t sell it to my dad until 1957. Dad then took it […] Read more »

Contact Information

Office of Catechesis and Evangelization
Phone: 608.791.2658

Ann Lankford, M.A., Director

Beth Johnson, Administrative Assistant