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Engaging and Relational Evangelization
Presented by: Katie Prejean, Author of Room 24
Date: February 16, 2016
Time: 3 - 4 pm EST

What does it take to do evangelization in the Church today? We are evangelizing when we help people—whether they be students, coworkers, neighbors, friends, or complete strangers—move from “disengaged” to “engaged.” To do this requires personal, joyful, and prayerful invitations to others to encounter Jesus Christ, the subject and catalyst of our evangelization in the first place.

Using stories from her life and work with teens in Catholic high schools and parish youth ministry, Katie Prejean will offer practical ways anyone can become better at evangelization using engaging and relational methods.

 

 


 

Redeeming Conflict: Strategies for Working Through Ministerial Challenges
Presented by: Ann M. Garrido, Author of Redeeming Conflict
Date: March 8, 2016
Time: 3 - 4 pm EST

Do you find yourself stuck in the same disagreements with colleagues and staff members over and over again? Are you avoiding a situation in the hope that it will just go away?

Join author and national speaker Ann Garrido as she offers a framework for analyzing the conflicts that pop up in any ministry. During the webinar she will teach the particular set of…Read more

 

 


 

Families of Mercy: 10 Practical Ways to Get Families Excited During the Year of Mercy
Presented by: Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet, Co-authors of Divine Mercy for Moms
Date: March 15, 2016
Time: 3 - 4 pm EST

How can parishes get parents and families excited about the Year of Mercy? Authors, speakers, small group leaders, and conference organizers Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet will share ten ways parishes can invite families to practice the works of mercy in their communities, especially during the Year of Mercy.

The goal of this presentation is to help parish leaders present the fourteen works of mercy in a way that is practical and helpful for families. Participants will be excited to practice the works of mercy themselves and, at the same time, able to convince others to join them.

 

 


 

Evangelization Essentials: Ten Simple Strategies for More Effective Ministry
Presented by: Jared Dees, Author of To Heal, Proclaim, and Teach
Date: April 12, 2016
Time: 3 - 4 pm EST

Using strategies and stories from his book To Heal, Proclaim, and Teach, Jared Dees offers ten highly practical and easy-to-implement approaches to evangelizing ministry that have the potential to transform your parish. These approaches are based on the work of thriving ministers and ministries seeing growth in the number of people who are passionate about the Catholic faith.

You will be able to immediately implement all of the strategies presented in this webinar. No strategic planning meetings or big programs will need to be scheduled. No special gifts in preaching or teaching are required. You will get simple, effective ways to start transforming yourself and your ministry today.

 

 


 

What Every Parish Leader Ought to Know about Religious Education
Presented by: Marc Cardaronella, Author of Keep Your Kids Catholic
Date: May 17, 2016
Time: 3 - 4 pm EDT

Early in his career, John Henry Cardinal Newman posed a question: What single factor led to the early Church's success in spreading Christianity even in the face of incredible obstacles? Here’s a similar question: Why are so many young people leaving the Church when we have better resources for teaching the Faith than ever before?

Cardinal Newman's surprising discovery is what we've lost sight of in our religious education programs, and it's what every parish leader ought to know. Join Marc Cardaronella, author of the new book Keep Your Kids Catholic, as he unpacks this discovery and offers practical ways parishes can make drastic improvements to their religious education programs.

 

 


 

 

The opportunity to participate in these webinars is wonderful. Thank you so much for offering them. It is great to be able to consider important issues and hear from such very good presenters without having to leave my office (which I might not be able to do)! This is a great service that Ave Maria is offering. I am most appreciative.

Susan Kay Assistant Director of Religious Education/ Director for Catechetical Leadership Archdiocese of Boston