THE FOUR PILLARS

On August 11, 2018, Father Randy Dollins, V.G. introduced the four foundational pillars of our discipleship movement. You can watch the full talk above or you can watch it in segments below.

Pillar 1: How do we receive?

Personal Touchpoints. Can we ensure every person who approaches us for various things is met by a disciple trying to help them advance in the Christian life?

Pillar 2: How do we free up?

Operations Support. Eliminate operational burdens and offer streamlined, easy-to-use solutions. Without violating autonomy of pastors, can we implement systems that take administrative pressure off of priests and parish staff and create greater communications capability?

Pillar 3: How do we form?

Discipleship Networks. Can we create the proper space for people to experience and become motivated disciples?

Pillar 4: How do we go out?

Personal Witness & MTYR Campaign. Can we equip people with the courage to engage others and find the best possible way for them to access the beauty and depth of the Church?

Conference attendees were emailed a review of the basic takeaways.

Things to keep in mind

  • See touchpoints as opportunities, not as obstacles.
  • Give yourself permission to be inconvenienced.
  • Define success from a different point of view.

Next steps for you

  • Have a discussion about the touchpoints that exist at your parish (or ministry or apostolate).
  • How do you receive those who come to you?
  • In what ways can you improve?
  • What does it mean that “everyone who comes to us is either a member of the body of Christ or a potential future member?”
  • How does that affect how we treat them?

Scripture reflection

  • Simon of Cyrene was inconvenienced by his encounter with our Lord, but it had a profound effect in his life and the lives of his sons Rufus and Alexander (Mark 15:21 / Romans 16:13).
  • Consider the hemorrhaging woman in Mark 5:25-24, when everyone in the crowd was bumping into Jesus, only she was healed.

Things To Keep In Mind

  • There are tasks in the Church that do not take specialized skills.
  • It may be the case that you need to take on more of these tasks or help delegate them.
  • Those with specialized skills need to be freed up so they can maximize what they can do.

Next Steps for You

  • Make an inventory of the people in your parish who have specialized skills/formation.
  • Assess how much of their energy they use on things that other people could be doing.
  • Look for ways to assign these tasks to others.

Scripture Reflection

  • Deacons were chosen to free up the Apostles so they could engage more fully in preaching the Word of God (Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7).
  • St. Paul tells us about the different roles God calls people to in the Church so as to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-12).

Things To Keep In Mind

  • God will equip us for the mission he gives us.
  • Discipleship happens through real life interaction, not magic.
  • There are teachers who can help us become missionary disciples.

Next Steps for You

  • Think about yourself as the missionary disciple, not someone else.
  • Think about who discipled you.
  • Determine if you need more discipling.
  • Pray for the people who God is going to send you out to disciple.
  • Your mission field is not on the other side of the world, it’s right outside your front door.

Scripture Reflection

  • After Andrew encounters Jesus, he tells his brother Simon and brings him to meet Jesus. Then Philip meets Jesus and goes to tell Nathaniel about him. They went to tell the good news to people already in their lives (John 1: 40-45).
  • The apostles are sent out on mission to be disciple makers (Mark 6: 7-13).

Things To Keep In Mind

  • Be kind, joyful, and authentic witnesses to abundant life.
  • Meet people where they are at, avoid controversial topics.
  • Seek to create curiosity.

Next Steps for You

  • Be great witnesses in the world: pray, go to Mass, go to confession.
  • Pray for courage and pray for joy.
  • At your parishes, discuss creating easy access points for people who are not part of the flock.
  • Use the car magnet and sticker, then engage people when they ask about them.

Scripture Reflection

  • Jesus has not even said anything, yet John and Andrew are curious and they follow him at a distance. Jesus turns to them and asks what they are looking for (John 1:37-38).
  • On the road to Emmaus, Jesus works his way into a conversation already underway. Beginning with where they are at, he brings them to a better understanding of scripture and then reveals to them the reality of the resurrection (Luke 24: 13-35).