Commissioning and Missionary Disciple
20 – 30 mins | Page 22
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”
5 mins | Page 22
- Beginning and Growing Disciples have a lot of questions that we need good answers for.
- They can feel hesitant, afraid, or unready to share their faith with others.
- They are still learning about their faith and developing their prayer life.
- They need intentional accompaniment into the deep.
6 – 10 mins
10 – 15 mins | Page 23
Privately consider the following questions:
What does (or what would) living the life of a Missionary Disciple look like for you? (It looks different for everyone!) What can you see yourself doing?
Have you ever made a decision to live a more mission-minded life? If yes, what prompted that decision? If no, why not?
What do you need to learn, experience, or witness in order to live a bold Christian life?
How is God calling you to serve his Church?
15 – 20 mins | Page 23
Pair up with someone, go for a walk or find a private place to talk, and discuss the following questions:
What stood out to you from the video or from your personal verification time?
Where are you seeing God at work in your life? What are you thankful for?
Where are you struggling right now? What do you need prayer for?
Pray out loud for your partner. You can pray a prayer you know or pray from your heart.
Large Group Discussion
20 – 30 mins | Page 24
What makes a Missionary Disciple different from a Beginning or Growing Disciple?
Do you have to work at a parish in order to be a Missionary Disciple? What does missionary
What are some ways that we can “activate” disciples and “send them on mission”?
How can we help disciples overcome the fear they have of being on mission?
What would your parish look like if it had more Missionary Disciples in it?
5 – 10 mins | Pages 24 & 25
Are there any conclusions you have come to regarding ministry in your setting?
Is there anything you feel called to put into practice, either in your personal life or as a parish staff/team?
If so, what and how will vou implement it? Who will hold you accountable?
2 mins | Page 25
Mary, Mother of the Church and our Mother, present our prayer of thanksgiving to your Son. Beg from Him the graces we need to be faithful disciples who follow Him with enthusiasm and joy. May our witness to the love of God bear fruit in our archdiocese, parishes, homes and hearts. Teach us to be God’s joyful witnesses, to radiate Christ in all we do, so that all people might know, love and follow your Son through this life and into the next. Amen.
Learn more about the second Decision Point, which is Commissioning, and the last threshold, Missionary Disciple, by reading pages 21-23 in the PED Info Packet. Take notes or mark any questions you have. There are no more sessions, of course, but you can still stay in contact with each other and continue the conversation!