To Heal, Proclaim, and Teach

The Essential Guide to Ministry in Today's Catholic Church
Author: Jared Dees

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Publication date: March 25, 2016

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Popular author, catechist, and creator of The Religion Teacher website Jared Dees learned a valuable lesson from his students: teaching is not the same as evangelization. He found instead—as in Jesus’ own ministry—if you focus first on healing the wounded, then proclaiming the Word of God, and finally teaching, you can bring people of all ages to Christ. Using examples from his own teaching, stories from the Bible, and the lives of the saints, Dees offers a fresh and engaging approach and practical ideas for following the ministry of Jesus in your own work.

Jesus had a threefold ministry on Earth: to heal the sick and wounded, proclaim the Good News, and teach those who became his disciples. It’s an approach imitated by the saints throughout history and continues to be the cornerstone of successful ministry in parishes, Catholic schools, and other vibrant programs today.

Jared Dees—author of 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator—will help you understand how Jesus’ ministry transformed lives through biblical examples such as Paul, Bartimaeus, the centurion’s servant, and the woman at the well. He shares the importance of healing through the ministries of saints, such as Mother Teresa, Br. André Bessette, Ignatius of Loyola, and Fr. Damien of Molokai.

In To Heal, Proclaim, and Teach, Dees offers practical examples of how to apply Jesus’ threefold ministry to everyday life: allow yourself to be constantly evangelized; learn to help others through both good and bad times; and root yourself in community. He also suggests examples of ministries that are effectively reaching the faithful of all ages today, including Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Life Teen, Teens Encounter Christ, Theology on Tap, FOCUS, and Christ Renews His Parish. Dees will guide you with practical ways to imitate Jesus’ ministry in your own classrooms and faith formation programs at all levels.

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Pages: 320

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9781594716195

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “An extremely readable, entirely practical guide.”

    “For all the discussion these days about the New Evangelization, there seems to be a surprising amount of confusion about what it is. Jared Dees takes us beyond all the clutter and chatter to set out the basics, returning us to the very ministry of Jesus. To Heal, Proclaim, and Teach is an extremely readable, entirely practical guide for anyone interested in this critically important topic. Great book; we love it!”

    Rev. Michael White and Tom Corcoran
    Authors of Rebuilt

  • “A wonderfully engaging and helpful read.”

    “Dees’s conversational tone, stories from his own personal and professional faith journeys, examples of vibrant ministries, and practical tips make this a wonderfully engaging and helpful read for any Catholic minister who takes seriously Christ’s call to go and make disciples.”

    Sr. Theresa Rickard, O.P.
    President and Executive Director
    RENEW International

  • “A compelling vision.”

    “What must we do to awaken the sleeping giant that is the Catholic Church? Jared Dees offers a compelling vision. He shows us how to engage and transform Catholic hearts through Jesus’ healing love; inspired preaching, and experiential teaching. Everyone involved in the New Evangelization will want to read this book.”

    Bob Schuchts
    Author of Be Healed

  • “This is an excellent book!”

    “Jared Dees makes an important and necessary contribution to the New Evangelization. Coupling sound theology with personal witness, evangelization with strong catechesis, and pastoral concern with creative outreach, this is an engaging and inspiring read. Accessible, thorough, and yet spiritually deep: This is an excellent book!”

    Julianne Stanz
    Director of New Evangelization
    Diocese of Green Bay

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