Making Missionary Disciples
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“I dream of a ‘missionary option’… a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything…”
Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium
In Making Missionary Disciples, Curtis Martin, founder of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), explores how to build a vibrant culture of faithfulness and fruitfulness. He doesn’t just remind us how every disciple is called on mission to share the love and truth of Jesus Christ. He gives us practical ways to do this in our ordinary daily lives.
• Know the three crucial habits of effective evangelization.
• Grow in Divine Intimacy following the four essential practices to which the early disciples devoted themselves.
• Learn the importance of becoming not only a disciple, but a missionary disciple.
• Understand the three-phased “Method Modeled by the Master”—the approach to evangelization modeled for us by Jesus in the Gospels and rooted in Catholic magisterial teaching.
Experience the transformation for which we all long—through Making
“When we are gifted with something of great value, we may be tempted to focus our attention on protecting what we have received. While there is merit in doing that, when it comes to faith we must see that gift of God’s grace as a call to evangelize the world. The call of Jesus to follow Him always involves a commission to be sent out, as were the seventy-two whom Jesus “sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit.” There in chapter ten of the Gospel of Luke, Jesus goes on to say, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” Curtis Martin’s book Making Missionary Disciples provides an approach that I am pleased to endorse. Like the seventy-two who “returned rejoicing”, all who accept a share in the Lord’s mission will experience an abundance of blessings.” – Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix
“Making Missionary Disciples is a small book … like a mustard seed or a grain of wheat; when these are planted in the earth they reveal a surprising explosive force … [It] shows us Jesus’ methods of evangelization.”
Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
“… these pages will be of great help for all those who are engaged in the service for the new evangelization, which is so urgent and needed in our times.”
Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization
“This groundbreaking book gives us an inside look at the process of forming disciples from the founder of one of the most powerful Catholic missionary organizations in the world.”
Jennifer Fulwiler, SiriusXM radio host and author of One Beautiful Dream
“By offering parishes the wisdom and experience of the work of FOCUS, the work provides clear, thoughtful, and practical advice for transforming the culture of parishes so that they might become places of encounter and formation for missionary discipleship.”
Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the US
“Curtis is on the leading edge of responding to Pope Francis’ invitation ‘to be bold and creative in this task of rethinking the goals, structures, style and methods of evangelization’ for the Church today.”
Gordon C. DeMarais M.A.T., Founder and President, Saint Paul’s Outreach
“The success of FOCUS missionaries in bringing souls to Christ is a great blessing for the Church. This book sets forth the Gospel principles that guide and inspire their apostolate. You will find encouragement here for your own efforts to make Christ known and loved by all.”
Fr. Gerald E. Murray, Pastor, Holy Family Church, New York, NY and member of EWTN's Papal Posse on The World Over with Raymond Arroyo
“Making Missionary Disciples is to me one of the most important and insight-filled books on pastoral theology today … I will be recommending this book to all our clergy and faithful in the Diocese.”
Rt. Rev. Philip A. Egan, Bishop of Portsmouth, UK