Sherry Weddell's wake-up call to the Catholic Church in the United States has struck a chord.
In her popular book, she points us to the disturbing trends, including a dramatic drop in the number of practicing Catholics and marriages in the Church. She then identifies the core problem, that few Catholics—including those practicing and in leadership positions—have a personal relationship with God that has led them to intentional discipleship. Every parish leader should read what Sherry has to say and understand how to lead people through the thresholds of conversion.
This series includes Sherry's initial book and a companion study guide (both available in English and Spanish), as well as the new Becoming a Parish of Intentional Disciples with insights from additional leaders embracing this approach. See all books in this series here.
What is keeping so many of us, and so many of our parishes, from becoming powerhouses of faith and evangelization is that we don't have a living relationship with Christ that transforms us into intentional disciples.
Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus (Our Sunday Visitor, 2012) has become one of the most talked-about books of the decade in Catholic parishes across the country.
Written by Sherry Weddell, co-founder and co-director of the Catherine of Siena Institute, Forming Intentional Disciples takes a cleareyed look at the state of the Church today. Based on more than a decade of research with Catholics from across the country, the issues and opportunities in this book connect seamlessly with Pope Francis' call for evangelization as we open wide the doors of faith!
Now the book that is changing hearts has a study guide that will help you change your parish or small faith community. Created by people who have experienced the transformative impact of discipleship firsthand, the Forming Intentional Disciples Study Guide provides tools and resources to "break the silence," initiate conversations, share the story of faith, and begin walking the path of discipleship together.
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