Roman Catholic 
Diocese of Ogdensburg


The Office of New Evangelization exists
To support parishes in forming
Joy-Filled, Intentional,
Missionary Disciples of Jesus Christ
So that On Fire with the Holy Spirit
They will be witnesses that
transform the culture around them.

Book Review of Fruitful Discipleship: Living the Mission of Jesus in the Church and in the World

fruitful discipleship 

Fruitful Discipleship: Living the Mission of Jesus in the Church and in the World by Sherry Weddel


“We must all be helped to embrace the spiritual gifts entrusted to us”…“Because so many of our people are not living as disciples their gifts lie dormant and unused and are therefore not bearing fruit” … 

This book is a wonderful follow-up on Forming Intentional Disciples and focusses on connecting evangelization (and especially pre-evangelization), discipleship and the discernment of charisms to spiritual fruitfulness and fulfillment.  We have been given all the gifts we need to bear abundant fruit, but we are rarely challenged to discern our gifts and see what will happen if we actually use our gifts for the building up of the kingdom.  We all have a mission.  We all are co-responsible for contributing our gifts to the building up of the Kingdom.

This book helps pastoral leaders and disciples to begin to understand what missionary discipleship looks like and how the various charisms manifest themselves and how they are expressed in the church.  After reviewing the practical theology, Sherry Weddell describes each of twenty-three most common charisms.  For each charism, she gives a description, tells a story of someone exhibiting that charism, how each charism can be used or applied, how each charism aids in evangelization and some common expressions of each charism. 

This book should be read by anyone interested in building up the church and forming intentional disciples who will transform their parish, the Church and the culture around us.  I would highly recommend this book as the catalyst for discussions about Church mission, formation of disciples and lay leaders, and the raising of the awareness of what the vocation to holiness can actually look like.   

If anyone would be interested in starting a book discussion in their parish, let me know.  I would be happy to help you start a small group discussion or help facilitate such a discussion.  I have an outline available of the book.  Also, if there is interest, I would be willing to facilitate an online small group discussion of this book using a video platform like google hangouts, zoom, or something similar.

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