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.

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    “Christian, recognize your dignity and, now that you share in God’s own nature, do not return to your former base condition by sinning. Remember who is your head and of whose body you are a member. Never forget that you have been rescued from the power of darkness and brought into the light of the […] Read more »
  • God’s timing is perfectGod’s timing is perfect
    Shawn and Nicki follow God’s plan for their family Even before their marriage, God was at the center of Nicki and Shawn Kitchner’s relationship. The couple, who live in Marshfield, brought God into their relationship by following Natural Family Planning (NFP). “We took a NFP class when we were engaged and were excited to learn […] Read more »
  • Connecting the Diocese to air its 500th show in DecemberConnecting the Diocese to air its 500th show in December
    “Connecting the Diocese” is a weekly radio show featuring Bishop Callahan and other guests. Our 500th show airs on Christmas Day and we have something wonderful to celebrate! As host and producer of 52 unique shows each year, we’ve been doing this for about 10 years. We owe a special thanks to the folks at […] Read more »
  • Witness and Solidarity with those in needWitness and Solidarity with those in need
    “One can give without loving, but one cannot love without giving.”—Mother St. Teresa The theme “Witness and Solidarity with those in need” should be received as a spiritual ballistic, piercing our souls and awakening the presence of God, thereby diminishing His absence. This eternal outcry from the Divine Master to His creation, of which God […] Read more »
  • Creating a Sense of BelongingCreating a Sense of Belonging
    John and Jamee encourage everyone to grow in their Faith Open and welcoming, the home of John and Jamee Stanley is nestled midway up a valley in Lonesome Hollow near Soldiers Grove. John is a tall man with white hair and piercing blue eyes that perfectly suit his introspective mannerisms and slight Southern accent. Jamee’s […] Read more »

Contact Information

Office of Catechesis and Evangelization
Phone: 608.791.2658

Ann Lankford, M.A., Director

Beth Johnson, Administrative Assistant