The Church which “goes forth” is a community of missionary disciples who take the first step, who are involved and supportive, who bear fruit and rejoice. (The Joy of the Gospel, #24)
The office of Missionary Discipleship empowers men and women of all ages to discern their baptismal call to be missionary disciples and use their gifts to serve the Church and build up the Kingdom of God, personally witnessing to the love and grace of God.
Our mission is to:
- Engender a culture of missionary discipleship in each faith community, with a focus outward to the peripheries.
- Empower the faithful to nurture a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, especially in prayer and the Sacraments.
- Challenge the faithful to discern their gifts and use them for service, accompanying others in faith on the journey.
- Fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28) to go out, animated by the Holy Spirit, to captivate people in the community with the Gospel message of hope and love.
We are all called as Missionary Disciples to proclaim the Gospel and make disciples for Jesus Christ.
A Missionary Disciple is a “roving storyteller who joyfully captivates hearts to Christ by sharing in word and deed the greatest love story in the history of the world”
St. Paul reminds the faithful that “A little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough” (Galatians 5:9). As Christians, we must be like leaven, carrying the love and joy of Christ to the world, especially where no one else will go.
The love and joy that nurtures us through the encounter of Christ ought to transform the world through our presence and work. We, like yeast thrown into dough, must be conduits of the animation of the Holy Spirit, allowing God’s grace to transform the world in us and through us!
The Office of Missionary Discipleship has released a gifts discernment program titled, Called By The Spirit. For more info, email Miguel Chavez and check out the landing the Called by the Spirit landing page!
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