Lawn Chair Catechism: Session 1: Introduction

LawnChairCatechism

Welcome to the first session of Lawn Chair Catechism, using Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus, by Sherry Weddell (Our Sunday Visitor, 2012).

This week, we’ll be covering the Introduction.

A few notes before I get started:

  • You’ll be able to leave comments and/or leave your link at the end.
  • You do not have to read the book to participate. Check out our discussion guide. There’s plenty to get started with if that’s all you use (one page a week).
  • There is still time to take advantage of the great discount offer from Our Sunday Visitor. $10 AND free shipping = a great deal!

Summary:

What does it mean to form “intentional” disciples?  In the introduction to Forming Intentional Disciples, Sherry Weddell writes about a startling conversation she had with the leader of a local Catholic women’s group.  The conversation was part of a series of interviews to help lay leaders learn how to use their gifts in the parish:

Her stories were so vague that I wasn’t hearing any evidence of how God might be using her.  . . . So I asked her a question that I had never asked before: Could you briefly describe to me your lived relationship with God to this point in your life?

After thinking carefully for a few moments, she responded briskly, “I don’t have a relationship with God.”  Her answer stunned me.  My first thoughts were, “That’s not possible.  You’re a leader in your parish.  You wouldn’t do that without some kind of relationship with God . . ..”

. . . By the end of the interview, I realized she had accurately described her spiritual reality.

Sherry goes on to explain that she began asking the question routinely.  And here’s what she discovered:

We learned that the majority of even “active” American Catholics are still at an early, essentially passive stage of spiritual development.  . . . We discovered, to our surprise and dismay, that many pastoral leaders do not even possess a conceptual category for discipleship.  As long as this holds true, the theology of the laity and the Church’s teaching on social justice and evangelization will remain beautiful ideals that are, practically speaking, dead letters for the vast majority of Catholics.

For discussion:

In your own faith:

  • How would you describe your lived relationship with God to this point in your life?
  • What does the word “discipleship” mean to you?  Do you perceive a need in the Church today to help lay Catholics become more fervent followers of Jesus Christ?

In your parish:

  • How would you describe your parish’s current efforts at discipleship?  A hotbed of discipleship?  A weekly gathering of spiritual sleep-walkers?  Or perhaps something in between?

01-LawnChairCatechismSquare

Join the discussion!

We’ll be “talking” in the combox, too, so please leave your thoughts there as well!



48 Comments
  1. Profile photo of Jennifer Fitz
    Jennifer Fitz
    May 29, 2013 | Reply
  2. Charlotte Ostermann
    May 29, 2013 | Reply
  3. Nicole Dente
    May 29, 2013 | Reply
    • Profile photo of Sarah Reinhard May 29, 2013 | Reply
  4. LarryD
    May 29, 2013 | Reply
    • Bethanie Ryan
      May 29, 2013 | Reply
    • Jen
      May 29, 2013 | Reply
  5. Christine Johnson
    May 29, 2013 | Reply
  6. Jen
    May 29, 2013 | Reply
    • Profile photo of Katie O'Keefe
      Katie
      May 29, 2013 | Reply
      • Jen
        May 29, 2013 | Reply
      • Bethanie Ryan
        May 30, 2013 | Reply
    • Hal Brey
      June 1, 2013 | Reply
  7. Jen
    May 29, 2013 | Reply
  8. Profile photo of Lisa Hendey May 29, 2013 | Reply
  9. Profile photo of Jennifer Fitz
    Jennifer Fitz
    May 29, 2013 | Reply
  10. Profile photo of Melanie Jean Juneau
    melanie jean juneau
    May 29, 2013 | Reply
    • Profile photo of Melanie Jean Juneau
      melanie jean juneau
      May 30, 2013 | Reply
      • Bethanie Ryan
        May 30, 2013 | Reply
        • Profile photo of Melanie Jean Juneau
          melanie jean juneau
          May 30, 2013 | Reply
          • Barb Schoeneberger
            June 2, 2013 |
          • Profile photo of Melanie Jean Juneau
            melanie jean juneau
            June 2, 2013 |
        • Susan Martin
          June 18, 2013 | Reply
  11. Profile photo of Deanna Bartalini
    Deanna
    May 29, 2013 | Reply
  12. Jen
    May 29, 2013 | Reply
    • Profile photo of Jennifer Fitz
      Jennifer Fitz
      May 30, 2013 | Reply
  13. Theresa Ceniccola
    May 30, 2013 | Reply
    • Jen
      May 30, 2013 | Reply
  14. Jen
    May 30, 2013 | Reply
    • Bethanie Ryan
      May 30, 2013 | Reply
      • Jen
        May 30, 2013 | Reply
  15. Heather Erickson
    May 30, 2013 | Reply
  16. Hal Brey
    May 30, 2013 | Reply
    • Profile photo of Sarah Reinhard May 31, 2013 | Reply
      • Hal Brey
        June 3, 2013 | Reply
    • Profile photo of Jennifer Fitz
      Jennifer Fitz
      May 31, 2013 | Reply
    • Lisa
      June 6, 2013 | Reply
  17. Jeff Hite
    May 31, 2013 | Reply
    • Profile photo of Sarah Reinhard May 31, 2013 | Reply
    • Profile photo of Jennifer Fitz
      Jennifer Fitz
      June 1, 2013 | Reply
  18. Profile photo of Kelly Guest
    Kelly Guest
    June 3, 2013 | Reply
  19. Jen
    June 3, 2013 | Reply
  20. Charlotte Ostermann
    June 3, 2013 | Reply
    • johnny
      June 7, 2013 | Reply
  21. johnny
    June 7, 2013 | Reply

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.