GMD 10-11: What Is Evangelization?

Sections 10 through 27 of Go and Make Disciples start with the basics. “What is Evangelization?”

I mentioned before the nervousness I sensed from many Catholics, clergy, and even a few colleagues about the term “evangelization.” GMD came out 21 years ago, and it was on the professional radar, certainly. A lot of people just didn’t know what to do with it.

My own experience with being steeped in an internal ministry didn’t exactly put me on the front lines. I’m the guy who always sees the parking lot empty, remember? In 1992, I lived in Virginia. I was trying to piece together a music ministry. The pastor wanted me on board to assist in the welcoming of alienated Catholics and to help revitalize an overhaul of faith formation. We were very much looking inward, not to the streets.

The bishops owe Pope Paul VI (Evangelii Nuntiandi 18) for their starting point in this plan. They define evangelization as …

  • bringing the Good News of Jesus into every human situation
  • seeking to convert individuals and society by the divine power of the Gospel itself (GMD 10)

How about another bullet-point section? EN 22 is quoted directly in GMD 11. There is no true evangelization if …

  • the name,
  • the teaching,
  • the life,
  • the promises,
  • the Kingdom
  • and the mystery

… of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God are not proclaimed.

In sum, believers brings Jesus everywhere they go. They seek a measure of divine grace for others, and not the gathering of people by their own abilities. Their talents serve Christ.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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