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  My Witness

Vol. 1, No. 4, November, 1996

What is Evangelization?
by Sr. Angeline Bukowiecki, S.N.C.

Sister Angeline Our approach to evangelization at the Center will be sevenfold, since each of the following concepts contributes to the total life and growth of the Church. These key concepts are: kerygma-proclamation, didache-teaching, koinonia-fellowship, diakomaservice, doxa-worship, katartismos-equipping, and diaspora-sending forth.

Kerygma: What is foundational to believing is proclamation because faith comes through hearing. Our Catholic people need to learn how to proclaim Christ to others.

Didache: It is important that our people be well educated in the faith so as to understand better who they are, who God is, how He is working in our world, and what He is calling them to do in our world. To educate m this way is to educate with sound biblical teaching.

Koinonia: Experiential learning is necessary to know how to share our lives and what we have with one another. It is important that each person be a part of a caring, bearing. sharing fellowship.

Diakonia: Real service, not counting the cost, willing to share one's gifts and talents with others. It is important to enable parishioners to not only draw from the parish community for help, but to share their talents with the parish community.

Doxa: Worship is at the heart of each of these areas, giving glory to God, and at the heart of our own individual and communal lives. It is important that each person grow m a life of worship, giving praise, honor, and glory to God at all times and in all circumstances. It is this love of the Lord that leads a person to a loving service of others (Mark 12:29-31).

Katartismos: Training or equipping our Catholic people intellectually and experientially is of utmost importance. In Acts 6:1-4. the apostles came to the realization that they could not do everything themselves. And so others were appointed to do the work of ministry while the apostles devoted themselves "to prayer and to the ministry of the word. The apostles began to equip the believers for the work of ministry. This distinction is important to take hold of. Pastors are to equip the believers for the work of ministry (cf. Eph. 4:1-12).

Diaspora: Acts 8:1-4 The apostles, the clergy, held out in the catacombs while the believers went out preaching the Word. It was the early believers who, when persecution broke out, were scattered (diaspora) into other parts of the country and they "went about preaching the Word." It is important that the believers be sent forth on a mission out-reach to witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ. This is the biblical pattern set forth for evangelization.

These seven key concepts bring out that evangelization is not a program but a process of on-going conversion to the Lord under the power of the Holy Spirit, that leads to a life-style rooted in the Scriptures and in Community and overflows into sharing Jesus with others. This explains the WHY of the Catholic Evangelization Training Center.

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