Discover God’s Plan for Your Life.

Have you ever been hiking?  

A traveler hiking through mountains and forests can get a wonderful impression of things as they go by: a tree, a stream, or a wild animal. But it’s only from a high vantage point that we can see the bigger picture, and the relationship of the stream to the mountain, and the valley to the tree.

The journey of life can be this way too. We go through life taking moments one at a time as they come to us, oftentimes focusing on the small things and forgetting the big picture. We may find we only stop to reflect on the plan for our life when we face a fork in the road or a major crisis.

Jesus says “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6). Here at St. Francis parish, we believe that Jesus has the big picture for life. He knows the way. He IS the way.

We also believe that following Jesus in the Church should be simple. Sometimes it’s hard to know: What’s most important? What’s the bigger picture? Where do I start? What is next? Where do I fit? Who are my people?

We want to make the path simple and clear. 

We believe every person deserves a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ. This is the first step. Once you encounter Jesus, you’ll be invited to start following Him and growing as His disciple. Eventually, He’ll invite you to start serving in ministry and mission. This is called the Path of Discipleship. We call the three steps on the path: Encounter, Grow, Serve. 

That’s also why we created the Membership Series. Think of it as a roadmap for your faith journey, the Church, and life. 

A CLEAR PATH OF DISCIPLESHIP

How do you become a Missionary Disciple?

The process is a journey through three stages:

ENCOUNTER

You encounter Jesus and a life-changing personal relationship with Him.

GROW

You grow as a disciple with other disciples.

SERVE

You serve in Jesus’ mission for the Kingdom with your unique gifts.

A Letter about the Path

Have you ever been hiking?   A traveler hiking through mountains and forests can get a wonderful impression of things as they go by: a tree, a stream, or a wild animal. But it’s only from a high vantage point that we can see the bigger picture, and the relationship of the stream to the mountain, and the valley to the tree. The journey of life can be this way too. We go through life taking moments one at a time as they come to us, oftentimes focusing on the small things and forgetting the big picture. We may find we only stop to reflect on the plan for our life when we face a fork in the road or a major crisis. Jesus says “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6). Here at St. Francis parish, we believe that Jesus has the big picture for life. He knows the way. He IS the way. We also believe that following Jesus in the Church should be simple. Sometimes it’s hard to know: What’s most important? What’s the bigger picture? Where do I start? What is next? Where do I fit? Who are my people? We want to make the path simple and clear.  We believe every person deserves a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ. This is the first step. Once you encounter Jesus, you’ll be invited to start following Him and growing as His disciple. Eventually, He’ll invite you to start serving in ministry and mission. This is called the Path of Discipleship. We call the three steps on the path: Encounter, Grow, Serve.  That’s also why we created the Membership Series. Think of it as a roadmap for your faith journey, the Church, and life.  Your Pastor,  Fr. James Flynn 

A CLEAR PATH OF DISCIPLESHIP

How do you become a Missionary Disciple?

The process is a journey through three stages:

ENCOUNTER

You encounter Jesus and a life-changing personal relationship with Him.

GROW

You grow as a disciple with other disciples.

SERVE

You serve in Jesus’ mission for the Kingdom with your unique gifts.

How St. Francis of Assisi Parish forms

MISSIONARY DISCIPLES

ENCOUNTER

Discover Christ

A series meant to help you wrestle with the big questions in life, share your thoughts and questions, and explore the invitation to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

GROW

Grow Groups

These small groups are made up of individuals who have encountered Jesus and are ready to commit to structured and deep transformation as a disciple pursued with other disciples.

SERVE

In Ministry & Mission

We believe the health of our Church is measured by its sending capacity, not its seating capacity. Our goal is that every member would be a minister and every disciple a missionary.

For more information about the Path of Discipleship or Adult Catechesis & Evangelization, please contact:

Director of Catechesis & Evangelization
Tim Jara // 682-628-8362 ext. 240 // [email protected]