Here at Signs of Life, we see mission as the way to make a difference; a way to shake things up and make great things happen.
Moses, Jesus, Steve Jobs, Mother Theresa, Elon Musk and so on. Throughout history, leaders have gathered others around them to share a vision and cause a stir that has invoked change by its very nature. We do the same with a vision that isn't new but is actually two-thousand years old. Re-sharing and re-exciting Catholics with Christ's joyful teaching is our mission and we believe the best place to start is parish communities.
Many parishes are used to the idea of having missions, but few see them as an opportunity to raise up lay leaders from within the parish.
The problem is that a one-off event is only as good as the preparation beforehand, and only as fruitful as the groundwork put in place for after the event. Therefore, our biggest dream is to partner with a parish to prepare 6 months before and 6 months after the mission to effect real and lasting fruits.
Why a Parish Mission?
Before the Mission
To work with the parish for 6 months and to meet at least once a month with a group of 5-15 volunteers from the parish who will form a mission team.
To provide the mission team with training, resources and pray with them to help them grow in their journey as a disciplemaker.
To train the mission team how to encourage others in the parish to invite their friends and family, as well as providing detailed agendas and actions points to prepare practically for the mission.
To prepare the mission team to look beyond the mission to what comes after the mission and how they can capitalise on the enthusiasm of the event to effect a real cultural shift within the parish.
The theme of the retreat is ‘Life to the full’ and is a dynamic and engaging proclamation of the kerygma and practical tips for being fully alive in faith.
Signs of Life will provide the speakers, input and music for a bespoke mission based on the needs and capabilities of the parish.
Where appropriate we will partner with various diocesan, local networks, religious orders and apostolates.
After the Mission
Let's work together...
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To be prepared to collect the information of new and existing parishioners who want to be more involved as a result of the mission.
To have ready to launch a post-mission group led by the mission team with all the resources and materials necessary to set-up, start and continue these groups long into the future so they become a fruitful place of encounter and where future leaders of the parish emerge and the disciplemaking process continues.