BECOMING MISSIONARY DISCIPLES was founded in 2015 by SOLT as an evangelization ministry responding to the Church’s call to participate in the new evangelization. The ministry consists of two evangelization courses called REVIVE and DISCIPLE, which are then followed by MISSION groups that continue their formation together through regular meetings.
REVIVE, is an 8-week introductory course, which aims at awakening the participant to the importance of a relationship with Christ and the Church. The course begins by examining our natural desire for happiness and proposes that the Most Holy Trinity, encountered through the Church, is precisely the answer to this desire. As a result, participants are encouraged to commit themselves to becoming intentional disciples of Jesus Christ. In order to facilitate the process, a weekend retreat aims at providing a living encounter with the Lord Jesus through prayer and experiencing the sacraments of the Church.
DISCIPLE is the second course of the program that aims to lead participants to becoming missionary disciples, following the example and model of the perfect missionary disciple, Mary. Participants are guided to a deeper understanding of their baptismal calling to live as children of our Heavenly Father, brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ, and temples of the Holy Spirit. To facilitate their growth in relationship to the Holy Trinity and the Church, participants are formed to:
· Pray the rosary daily
· Celebrate a weekly family meal
· Practice meditation on the Word of God through “Lectio Divina” or “Liturgy Prep”
· Participate in parish/church based ministry and evangelization
MISSION is the final part of the program and consists of small missionary discipleship groups that meet regularly together. The mission groups allow members to continue their growth as missionary disciples. The small group meetings consist of prayer, witness of their missionary goals, a ritual family meal (optional), meditation and sharing on the readings for the upcoming Sunday liturgy (called liturgy preparation), ongoing formation, setting new missionary goals when appropriate, and a closing prayer. The purpose of the MISSION groups is to provide members with a place of encouragement, accountability, ongoing formation, and community.