There is a new program on the block for evangelization and making disciples in your parish. It is called The 99 - a new program from Ascension press.
I have recently purchased the program (videos, leader guide and book) for our office and will be piloting the program at St. Mary of the Fort for Lent.
The program consists of three parts: A Masterclass (6 sessions); The 99 Experience (3 videos with various options for presenting) and then a book to go deeper.
The idea is that first you use the Masterclass to train leaders for the program. Each session of the masterclass is broken into three segments, using beautiful video and experts to explain what evangelization is about, common fears we might have in sharing the faith, and what is necessary to develop the desire and conviction to evangelize because Jesus has made a difference in our life. The Masterclass then continues to help us to put the gospel in a simple format that we can easily share and how to develop and share our own witness in word and action and how to invite others to a relationship with Jesus. Further videos continue how to reach the culture and those on the periphery , how to invite others, the power of small groups and building real community, how to accompany others on the journey and how to deal with suffering finally, how to go on mission with Jesus and the Church.
Leaders who are formed in the masterclass can then lead The 99 Experience - a three session (can be used as a day of reflection or a three evening parish mission in various suggested formats for others in the parish or those whomay have wandered away like the lost sheep. Part of the Experience is session at the end of part 2 that covers mercy. This could easily become a lead-in to a parish reconciliation service or adoration with confessions available.
The last part, the Handbook, goes deeper and created disciples in love with Jesus, who would be then be ready to start a masterclass and start the cycle over again, thus reaching ever wider circles.
Watch the promotional trailer here:
How will it work in reality in our parishes? Stay tuned. I will facilitate a masterclass in one of our local parishes and will keep you updated. If you think your parish would be in a place to start The 99, check with your pastor and let me know. I would be happy to set up another Masterclass group in one or two other parishes. Also, I have bulk ordered books for the program, so if you are interested in just the book discussion just to start, check with me and we can share the books at a lower cost.