Parish Evangelization Process

Stop relying on Chance. Start building a strategy.

We often implement a multitude of disconnected programs in a blind attempt to evangelize. Unfortunately, that usually leaves us feeling overwhelmed by the work and underwhelmed by the results. We need a strategy. Specifically, we need a process that welcomes the innovation and movement of the Holy Spirit in our parishes.

Select the tabs below to cycle through each stage of the evangelization process.

Parish evangelization process diagram, Stage 1: Encounter with Jesus Christ

Encounter with Jesus Christ

It all starts here. The evangelization process must always begin with a personal encounter with the risen Lord Jesus Christ. Once we meet Jesus, everything changes. The same goes for our parishes. Once the people in our communities encounter Jesus, our parishes are transformed.

The Light of the World Retreat is a Catholic, parish-based, kerygmatic retreat that provides your parishioners with an opportunity to encounter the Lord. It's the engine that powers this entire process.

Parish evangelization process diagram, Stage 2: Building Parish Community

Building Parish Community

Once we encounter the Lord, we are drawn to our brothers and sisters in Christ. Building parish community creates momentum in a parish and gives strength and encouragement to its members.

The Light of the World Retreat includes an integrated small group program. It provides a seamless way to go from Encounter to Community and truly give your parish a solid foundation on which to build your evangelization strategy.

Parish evangelization process diagram, Stage 3: Formation & Catechesis

Formation & Catechesis

The more we grow in love for our Lord, the more we desire to know about Him. And the more we know about Him, the more we grow in love for Him. Forming our intellects and increasing our knowledge about the Lord will both deepen our relationship with Him and better equip us to share and defend our faith.

Light of the World can help you identify the best formation and catechetical resources for your parish, and determine an effective method to integrate them into your overall parish evangelization strategy.

Parish evangelization process diagram, Stage 4: Intentional Discipleship

Intentional Discipleship

Intentional discipleship is about taking a personal resolution to follow Christ, and making it real by actually doing something about it. It's not checking off spiritual boxes, it's deliberately deepening our relationship with Him through living the sacramental life, committing to daily prayer, and more.

Light of the World can help you identify the best discipleship resources for your parish, and determine an effective method to integrate them into your overall parish evangelization strategy.

Parish evangelization process diagram, Stage 5: Ministry & Outreach

Ministry & Outreach

Without giving ourselves in service and love, we run the risk of becoming spiritually "bloated." We were not given the gift of faith and relationship with the Lord to keep it to ourselves. We must love as He loved and serve as He served.

Light of the World can help you identify the best ministry and outreach resources for your parish, and determine an effective method to integrate them into your overall parish evangelization strategy.

Parish evangelization process diagram, Stage 6: Pre-Evangelization

Pre-Evangelization

Before we begin the work of sharing the gospel, we need to provide people with non-threatening opportunities to build trust and relationships. It's through these genuine relationships that the Holy Spirit provides us with moments to invite people to take the next step.

Light of the World can help you identify the best pre-evangelization resources for your parish, and determine an effective method to integrate them into your overall parish evangelization strategy.