Making Disciples 101 Seminar


Hosted by Diocese of Lansing
As leaders, we need to think through, in advance, how to help all in our parish to negotiate the journey to mature discipleship. The issues at stake are extraordinarily high for individuals, for the Christian community, for the Church, and for the world.

Making Disciples 101 is the first in a series that forms and equips priests, deacons and lay ministers to become leaders who are ‘fruit farmers’: leading a parish or ministry team that helps people become intentional disciples who bear fruit for the life of the world.

During this seminar, you will spend three days (April 14 - 16, 2024) with other leaders within the Diocese of Lansing exploring how to equip yourself as a leader in the Church and take the important steps toward building a parish of intentional disciples.

This seminar will be led by internationally sought after speaker and author, Sherry Weddell, accompanied by Katherine Coolidge from Catherine of Siena Institute. Craig Pohl, Director of Evangelization for the Diocese of Lansing will serve to facilitate the seminar. Mass and sacraments will be celebrated.

This 3-day seminar takes place in the Retreat House on the grounds of St. Francis Retreat Center, DeWitt. Each private sleeping room in the Retreat House has a twin bed, desk, chair, and sink. Some rooms share a connecting bathroom, others will use a community bathroom down the hall. The retreat center provides bed linens, pillows and towels.

Schedule: (see below for specific topics that will be covered each day)
Day 1 (Sun, April 14): Arrival at 2:30 p.m. / Begin at 3 p.m. / End by 8:30 p.m.
Day 2 (Mon, April 15): Begin at 9 a.m. / End by 8:30 p.m. (Mass with Bishop Boyea)
Day 3 (Tue, April 16): Begin 9 a.m. / End by Noon (Mass with Msgr. Reilly)

Day 1 Topics:
God Still Has No Grandchildren
Our Reality 2024
The Three Concurrent Journeys in 2023
God’s Presence and Grace

Day 2 Topics:
Introduction to Acts of Faith and Practicing the Presence of God
Threshold Conversations in 2024
Tracing Your Journey
A Conversation with Daniel

Day 3 Topics:
Where to Begin?
Evangelization in 2024: What Does it Look Like?
Where Can We Start?

Cost to attend for Diocese of Lansing parish leaders:

$200 Individual (includes single occupancy lodging at St. Francis Retreat Center)
Registration fee includes all materials, lodging and meals.

$100 Commuter
Registration fee includes all materials and meals.

We are only able to keep registration costs this low because of the generous support of Bishop Boyea and donations from the good people of the Diocese of Lansing.

Please Note: This is an intensive training designed for those who are involved in the work of evangelization and disciple-making in their parish, diocese, or apostolate. The content presumes you have studied the prerequisite reading; “Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus” by Sherry Weddell. (click here to purchase)