The ChristLife series is a three-step evangelization process that equips Catholics for the essential work of evangelization so the world might personally encounter Jesus Christ and be transformed into His missionary disciples.
ChristLife is faithful to the Magisterium, nourished by the sacraments, sustained by daily prayer and scripture reading, dependent on the power of the Holy Spirit, and committed to Christian unity.
Step 1: Discover
We each know people in our lives, communities, and even parishes who wonder about the meaning of life. God gives us the responsibility to open doors and provide spaces of encounter with the personal love our Lord Jesus for people who are searching for the meaning of life.
Discovering Christ creates this open door for people who are searching for the meaning of their lives where we can share the Good News and the personal love of Jesus Christ.
Step 2: Follow
After encountering the personal love of Jesus Christ, people are hungry to dive into their new or renewed relationship with Him in the context of community. It is important to walk with our brothers and sisters in Christ as we all continue growing as disciples of our Lord.
Following Christ provides the tools to help Catholics grow in discipleship, including daily personal prayer, hearing God in Scripture, the power of the sacraments, forgiving one another, spiritual warfare, etc.
Step 3: Share
Our faith journey can’t stop with encountering the life-changing love of Jesus Christ and growing as His disciples. We are called to share the Good News with others! Evangelization must become the everyday lifestyle for Christians if the Church is to become a vibrant evangelical witness in our culture once again.
Sharing Christ equips Catholics with the practical skills to proclaim the Gospel, draw others into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and invite them to become his disciples as members of the Church.
The General Structure of a ChristLife Session
Welcome and Prayer
The participants come together to worship through prayer and song.
The teaching is essentially proclamation, that is, basic teaching on the good news of what God has done in and through Jesus Christ.
Small group discussion
Small groups are intended to be safe places to freely discuss what the participants heard in the teaching. Participants will have the opportunity to share what they think and feel about what they heard. The discussion is not a time for further teaching, but a time for communication.
The retreat takes place after the fifth session and it provides an opportunity to "create space" in our lives to respond to what has been proclaimed in previous sessions and to turn to the Lord Jesus and ask Him to be the center of their lives. The day allows opportunity for personal reflection, teachings, the sacrament of Reconciliation, meals together, free time to share fellowship and have fun, and prayer.