The Art of Forming Young Disciples
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The Art of Forming Young Disciples

By Everett Fritz
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There are over thirty million former Catholics in the United States today and
nearly 80% of them left the Church before the age of twenty-three. To reverse
this devastating trend,
The Art of Forming Young Disciples
identifies the five
basic needs of young people, shows how in its current teen catechesis the
Church is not meeting those needs, and then explains the proven solution to
the problem: small-group discipleship and parent-driven youth outreach. The
book is a Godsend for Catholics who work with youth and parentswho are
frustrated with the Church’s failing approach to youth.

Not long ago, veteran youth minister Everett Fritz counted the number of his former youth group members who were still practicing the Faith.

The result?

Almost all of them had left the Faith! Fritz discovered that other parishes reported similar staggering losses, pointing to a grim truth . . .

Today’s youth ministries do not form young people into lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ.

Not satisfied with these dismal results, Fritz devised a different way of forming young people in the Faith.

It’s an approach that can truly transform the spiritual lives of young people:

Small group discipleship. 

This approach applies the same one-to-one personal method that Jesus Himself used to form

his twelve original disciples . . .only one of whom was lost!

Solution #1:

Small group discipleship

Solution #2:

Parent-focused youth outreach

Fritz has worked with countless parishes, helping them make the shift to a small-group discipleship structure.

Not long ago, veteran youth minister Everett Fritz counted the number of his former youth group members who were still practicing the Faith.

The result?

Almost all of them had left the Faith!

Fritz discovered that other parishes reported similar staggering losses, pointing to a grim truth . . .

Today’s youth ministries do not form young people into lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ.

Not satisfied with these dismal results, Fritz devised a different way of forming young people in the Faith.

It’s an approach that can truly transform the spiritual lives of young people:

Small group discipleship.  This approach applies the same one-to-one personal method that Jesus Himself used to form his twelve original disciples . . .only one of whom was lost!

Solution #1:

Small group discipleship

Solution #2:

Parent-focused youth outreach

Fritz has worked with countless parishes, helping them make the shift to a small-group discipleship structure.

In these pages, Fritz shares . . .

•             How to shift to a small-group discipleship structure

•             How to avoid the many pitfalls and common mistakes parishes make

•             Ways you can easily build the volunteer base needed for a successful transition

•             How to create a comfortable environment that leads young people into self-reflection

•             The critical role of parents and the parish community in youth formation

•             Recommended resources and tools

•             And much more!

Finally, Fritz offers his best advice:

relationships and mentoring make disciples;  pre-developed programs do not.

Are you troubled by the number of young people in your parish who leave the Faith year after year?

Let these pages illuminate your soul. Then share what you've learned with your parish and together implement the art of forming young disciples.

What readers are saying:

"For anyone involved in youth ministry in any fashion, this book is a must read!"

"Of all the youth ministry books I've read, this one is by far the most

enjoyable, honest and helpful."

"If you are in youth ministry and want your young people to keep practicing their

faith after Confirmation, read this book."

Solidify and fortify what you've learned from Fritz with timeless wisdom for all who

want bring souls to Christ.

 

 
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