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.

  • Walking to EmmausWalking to Emmaus
    Hilda and Osvaldo’s Inspiration to Serve The Lord works in mysterious ways. His hand in Hilda Quintero and Osvaldo Valdivia’s story is a perfect example. The Valdivia Quinteros of St. Patrick Parish in Sparta both grew up in Jalisco, Mexico. But Hilda and Osvaldo never met in Mexico, but rather 10 years ago in Tomah. […] Read more »
  • Prayerful Obedience and the Domestic ChurchPrayerful Obedience  and the Domestic Church
    Every day, parents teach their children by their words, examples and actions. The family unit is commonly referred to as the “Domestic Church” and, as Pope St. John Paul the Great tells us, “Catholic parents must learn to form their family as a domestic church, a church in the home as it were, where God […] Read more »
  • Seeking … Searching … FoundSeeking … Searching … Found
    Megan and John Glassbrenner’s Journey on the Road to Their Emmaus Megan was raised in a family in the Protestant tradition. They lived in the farming community of Mondovi. John is a native of Altoona, near Eau Claire, which is about 24 miles north-northeast of Mondovi. Unlike Megan, John related, “I was not raised with […] Read more »
  • Ignited by ChristIgnited by Christ
    RYAN REDISCOVERS THE CATHOLIC FAITH Five years ago, Edgar native Ryan Kraft was searching for something to ignite a fire in him: “I was doing everything right: I was married, we had two boys, a roof over our heads; I had a good job and was able to feed my family. Everything seemed fine. But […] Read more »
  • The Call of the Camino – Peggy and Kevin learned to listen as they walkedThe Call of the Camino – Peggy and Kevin  learned to  listen as they walked
    El Camino de Santiago is known to call out to men and women who are searching. Kevin and Peggy Dubois, Secular Franciscans of La Crosse, answered the call in September 2019, and the journey changed their lives. Also called “The Way of St. James,” the Camino begins in France and ends at the Cathedral of […] Read more »

Contact Information

Office of Catechesis and Evangelization
Phone: 608.791.2658

Ann Lankford, M.A., Director