Discover God’s Plan for Your Life.

Dear friend,  

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). 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 its 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.

A Letter from Fr. Flynn about the Path

Dear friend,   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). 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 its 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.

More info coming soon!

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.

More info coming soon!

Where should you start?

THE MEMBERSHIP SERIES

The Membership Series is meant to explain each component of the Path of Discipleship and help you plug into the specific ways St. Francis of Assisi parish offers its members to Encounter Jesus, Grow as a Disciple, and Serve in Ministry and on Mission.

101

Start Here

This two hour dinner is held specifically for new members of St. Francis parish or those who feel disconnected. We’ll tell you what it means to be a member of our Church, the many ministries and resources we have, and give you a roadmap to help you on your faith journey.

201

Next Steps

We encourage people to attend this class who have had an encounter with Jesus, but are wondering what is next for them. We’ll cover the three basic habits of a disciple all of our Church members commit to and encourage you to join or form a Grow Group after this step.

301

Find Your Ministry

This intensive workshop is designed to help you discover the gifts that God has given you (called charisms). Recommended once you have had an encounter with Jesus and are growing as a disciple in a Grow Group.

401

Find Your Mission

We’ll discuss Jesus’ mission, missionary discipleship, the mission of the Church, and the mission of our parish. You’ll prayerfully discern where God is calling you to influence and reach those outside the walls of our parish.

Adult Evangelization & Catechesis

RESOURCES & UPCOMING EVENTS

At St. Francis, our goal is to help parishioners journey along the Path of Discipleship. One of the best ways you can become a missionary disciple is by growing in your relationship with Christ and his Church through ongoing catechesis, including the various bible studies, presentations and workshops, and small groups offered here.

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

Director of Catechesis & Evangelization
Edmund Mitchell // 817-481-2685 ext. 236 // emitchell@sfatx.org

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