The Baseball Diamond of Evangelization

Last week in my homily, I mentioned that one of my priorities is discipleship formation, and I used a baseball diamond as a model for understanding the stages of forming disciples of Jesus. I cannot take the credit for coming up with the model; actually a group called Evangelical Catholic developed it as a model for understanding the process. I just think it works really well.
It can be difficult to try to visualize a model just from someone talking to you about it, so hopeful this image will come out OK in the bulletin. I hope to get it printed and maybe even framed and hung in the back of both churches so that we can regularly look at it and ask, “Where am I on this diamond?” Also, I am going to be asking the various ministries and apostolates that we already have here at Resurrection Parish to think about what they do, and how it fits into this process. It will help us access whether we need to develop more resources for Evangelizing, Establishing, Equipping, and/or Engaging here. I am sure that we have ministries and apostolates that touch on all of them, but perhaps we need more in one area or another. Again, the idea is to bless and grow what we already have, and plant seeds where we need a bit more.
Take some time to look at the model this week. Over the next few weeks I am going to use this column to say a bit more on each aspect.


About Fr. JC

Ordained a priest for the Diocese of Trenton, NJ, in 2004. Currently the Pastor of Resurrection Parish in Delran, NJ.
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One Response to The Baseball Diamond of Evangelization

  1. Louisa Sinex says:

    We have been discussing Evangelization at our Council meetings for the last year and I find this model very interesting. Do you mind if I share this at our next meeting? As you know, we have a very small parish and sometimes things move very slowly so this would be a big help moving forward.

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