Pope Francis in the Joy of the Gospel encourages a new look at who we are: "In virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples (cf. Mt 28:19). ...Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that he or she has encountered the love of God in Christ Jesus: we no longer say that we are “disciples” and “missionaries”, but rather that we are always “missionary disciples”." (Para 120)
"Living as Missionary Disciples"
This video introduces how we are all called to be a "Missionary Disciple" and how we will promote Living As Missionary Disciples at Ascension:
Our journey of discovery will be broken up into four quarters in the 20-21 liturgical year: Encounter, Accompaniment, Community, and Send. During each quarter the activities of the New Evangelization Team, Stewardship, Adult Faith Formation, Liturgy, and Community Life will focus on that particular area.
Definition: A missionary disciple has encountered Jesus’s love and goes to share His love through word and/or action with whomever they meet and in whatever circumstances they find themselves.
Three movements of a Missionary Disciple:
Disciple: We experience and foster a personal encounter with Jesus - sitting at the feet of Jesus, listening and learning, which then propels the disciple to mission.
Missionary: The act of going and sharing this encounter with others through word and action.
- Steward: As a Missionary Disciple we are responsible guardians in caring for the gifts that God has given us and are open to sharing them.
We encounter – we go- we share!
Scriptural Images of Missionary Disciples: In each story, an encounter with Jesus leads to a proclamation of Jesus to others!
4 Phases of Living As Missionary Disciple:
Encounter: Encounter the love and saving action of Jesus
Accompaniment: Walk with someone on their faith journey
Community: Invite someone to be part of our community
Send: Share God's love with others through Works of Mercy
The journey of a Missionary Discipleship begins with encounter and encounter begins with Jesus Christ!
Watch this video on the importance of Encounter: