Once we’ve answered your questions and you’ve gathered all the information you need, it’s time to discern if this evangelization process will work for your parish. Take some time to pray through this decision, and let us know if there are any other questions or insights we can offer you.
If you’ve discerned that the Lord wants Light of the World at your parish, contact us again and let us know. We’ll discuss possible retreat dates for your first retreat, and we’ll talk about who you might want to recruit as a Parish Liaison. The Parish Liaison is the person who will help coordinate your first retreat, along with a Light of the World Evangelization Ministries (LOTWEM) team member. We’ll discuss this in more detail during our conversation.
We will then send you the LOTWEM Goodwill Agreement, which will include your official date selections for your first Light of the World Retreat and the fee amount. You should sign and return this to us along with your deposit.
The good news is, we do this step for you! Once you’ve signed and returned the LOTWEM Goodwill Agreement along with your deposit, we will begin to look for a retreat team for your parish's first Light of the World Retreat. This will be explained in greater detail later, but at this step all you need to know is that we will be sending LOTWEM team members to run your first retreat for you.
We will set up a conference call with the Pastor and Parish Liaison. All the documents, instructions, and materials you need to run each Light of the World Retreat can be found in our extensive online resources. During this conference call we will walk you through exactly how to access the resources you’ll need to run the first retreat, discuss each step with you in detail, and answer any questions you have.
The LOTWEM Road Main Evangelizer is one of our team members who will be the point person for you. They will lead our LOTWEM team as they run your first Light of the World Retreat for you. In fact, this is the person on your LOTWEM team who will stick with you for each of your first three retreats. We will introduce you to each other, and then you can get to work!
We will send a team consisting of the LOTWEM Road Main Evangelizer and three other LOTWEM team members to run your first Light of the World Retreat for you. While the Pastor and Parish Liaison will take on a few responsibilities, our team will run the retreat, give the talks and witnesses, lead the various liturgies, and more.
After your first Light of the World Retreat, the LOTWEM Main Evangelizer and Pastor will discern which parish members who just attended the first retreat would be good candidates to help lead your second retreat. For the second retreat -- ideally about six months later -- we will send you two LOTWEM team members, including the LOTWEM Road Main Evangelizer. Our team will lead your second retreat with the assistance of your own parish team members.
After your second Light of the World Retreat, the LOTWEM Road Main Evangelizer and Pastor will discern which parish members would be good candidates to lead your third retreat. For the third retreat -- ideally about six months after your second retreat -- your parish team will lead the entire retreat. However, the LOTWEM Road Main Evangelizer will continue to be a consultant for you before the retreat, and they will attend the retreat with your parish that weekend.
Once your Light of the World Retreats are going, your small groups are active, and your parishioners are becoming intentional disciples, it's time to take it to the next level. We'll conduct a parish assessment with you to determine the current state of your parish and to articulate the vision and goals you have.
Once the assessment is complete, we'll make some recommendations to you. We'll delve into the resources and programs at our disposal, and we'll reach out to the contacts we have in various ministries and organizations. We'll put together a custom proposal for the evangelization process at your parish. Then we'll help you execute it.
There is no expiration on our partnership with you! From your 4th retreat to your 40th retreat, Light of the World Evangelization Ministries will remain here for you. We will provide you with new resources and constant support, and we will help you in every way we can. Even if you were to stop holding Light of the World Retreats for some reason, we're still here for you. Ultimately, we want parishes to succeed in evangelization because when you win, we all win.