If the term “evangelization” sends you into a fit of either nerves or nausea, you’ll want to know all about a new DVD from one of our amazing CatholicMom.com contributors, Nancy Ward. With her new project Sharing YOUR Faith Story: A three-part seminar for evangelization, Nancy provides an enjoyable template for the challenge given to us in 1 Peter 3:15 to “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence.”
Catholic convert, author and speaker Nancy HC Ward has a passion for evangelization. “All baptized Christians have a unique story and all are meant to be evangelists. The most effective way to evangelize is through the faith story only we can tell.” Her Sharing YOUR Faith Story seminar answers the question, “How do I give my personal witness?”
The Sharing YOUR Faith Story seminar came from Nancy’s heartfelt desire to share her conversion story, her renewal story and the ways she found joy in sharing those experiences that brought her closer to God. The DVD takes her live seminar and opens it to encompass anyone who recognizes the need to evangelize through personal witness.
“Since conversion is a life-long calling, we can expect God to surprise us with little steps and big steps closer toward him,” she said. “I want to help as many people as possible learn to take these steps and always be ready to tell their unique story as only they can.”
With the study guide As Nancy tells her conversion and renewal stories she demonstrates how to witness effectively and authentically. Then she addresses tips and cautions that also apply to stories of healings, miracles and answered prayers. On the DVD, Nancy presents the three talks of her live seminar:
- Sharing Your Conversion Story – how her initial conversion experience clarifies the three components of your faith story
- Sharing Your Renewal Story – how her continuous conversion connects to your life-long spiritual journey
- Ten Tips for Sharing Your Story – how to always be ready to share your story wherever you are.
The DVD is ideal for Catholic leaders of small or large gatherings, Bible studies, retreats, evangelization seminars and parish missions. A free study guide is available at JoyAlive.net to complement the DVD.
I’ll admit that I’m a failure at scripture memorization, but the first three words of that verse from 1 Peter stick in my heart.
“Always be ready” sounds simple until the moment you’re confronted with a real world chance to actually share what makes you tick, what gives you hope, what fires up your life. I’ve worked over the years to be more effective at evangelization not for the purpose of looking like I have my act completely together, but more so for recognizing and making the most of those tiny moments when actually stepping up boldly and with love can truly change someone’s life.
With Nancy’s new DVD, I now feel better equipped to joyfully proclaim the Good News by sharing my own story without feeling overbearing or overly preachy. I encourage you to check out this special resource, and then to be on the lookout for the chance to walk along a friend, loved one, or perhaps even a stranger by sharing YOUR faith story. To make this process even more fun, Nancy is hosting a great contest to win a $25 Amazon gift card and a Sharing YOUR Faith Story DVD. Click here for details.