Over the past three years, the number of students actively engaged in our ministry has increased dramatically. This is the third in a four part series to help resident parishioners understand the student parishioners and how we go about our mission of evangelizing and building up disciples among them.
In this part, I am sharing the actions we take to implement our vision of reaching, transforming, and sending students. The chart below is not one-size-fits-all, rather it provides a framework for how our ministry works and how students normally progress. It also provides guidance to our engaged/committed students as they discern how and where to invite the students they reach.
Most of our efforts are exerted in the pre-evangelization and evangelization boxes. In other words, we invest most of our resources into reaching out to the students, meeting them where they are, inviting them into relationship, and proclaiming to them the Good News of Jesus Christ. The biggest components are our Sunday Suppers, our FOCUS ministry, which comprises the small group ministry and formal 1-on-1 discipleships, and our retreats (Awakening and Connection).
In the next and final part , I will share the numbers on how effective our efforts have been the past three years. As always, I welcome your questions, comments, and prayers.
Fr. Patrick is a Dominican priest and the Campus Minister.