“. . . . Every ministry must . . . be an evangelizing ministry. It is our contention that if a ministry is not an evangelizing ministry, then the existence of the ministry itself must be questioned and challenged, redefined and transformed. Evangelization is not just an item on the agenda of any parish or ministry; evangelization is the agenda. Evangelization in this way is much more than a specific ministry; it becomes a Catholic way of life.” (Adapted from Susan Blum Gerding and Frank P. DeSiano, C.S.P., Lay Ministers, Lay Disciples: Evangelizing Power in the Parish, p.30, 159-161)
Here are some steps that stewardship can take to further the essential mission of evangelization in the parish:
“This will be the main purpose of all that comes my way as work… to love Jesus, to speak of Jesus and to make Jesus known.” (St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Missionary to the Americas)
John J. Boucher is a Catholic evangelization consultant and trainer. He served for many years as the director of evangelization in the Diocese of Trenton. He has authored/co-authored over 300 religious articles and many books including, Sharing the Faith that You Love: Four Simple Ways to Be Part of the New Evangelization.