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Did you know that when you were baptized, you were anointed to be an evangelist? The question is, “How do I do that?”

Saint John Paul II has the answer. He teaches us that the most effective way to evangelize is through our personal witness. We are all meant to evangelize and we all have a unique story that no one else can tell – a story that appeals to people no one else can reach.

Always be ready

St. Paul’s exhorts us to

“Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence.” (1 Peter 3:15, 16)

How do you share your story to those seeking a reason for hope? How do you help the potential convert you work with or the returning Catholic in your neighborhood draw closer to God? Or tell a troubled friend how God‘s mercy works miracles in the hearts of each of us?

You can wing it or you can be ready! That’s where the Sharing Your Faith Story evangelization workshop shines!

Who benefits?

Sharing Your Faith Story helps converts, those returning to the Faith and all who experience continuous conversion to always be ready to answer the nudge of the Holy Spirit as he draws them into a closer relationship with God by sharing their story. I wrote Sharing Your Faith Story for people like me.

  • The self-conscious teenager who committed her life to the Lord but couldn’t talk about it to anyone.
  • The twenty-something who joined the Church but hesitated to share her joy with her non-Catholic family.
  • Converts and returning Catholics of any age or spiritual maturity.
  • Those finding a personal dimension of God’s love through a crisis, retreat or joy-filled God-moment of grace.
  • Anyone in the teaching and renewal ministries that has opportunities to share their stories as part of their ministry such as RCIA, ACTS, CHRP, Bible Study or Youth Ministry.

What happens at the workshop?

Sharing Your Faith Story workshops begin with Mass, then a light breakfast and three talks. In two breakout sessions, you will practice the evangelization skills presented in the talks and testimonies. You learn to witness effectively and authentically in many situations and time limitations from a two-minute elevator speech to a book-length biography

I give my Protestant-to-Catholic conversion story. Guest speakers tell their renewal stories.

We teach you the skills to share your faith story and help you practice them during the workshop. You are sent off with “Ten Tips for Sharing Your Faith Story” — tips like sticking to your part of the story, speaking in the listener’s language and avoiding sordid details.

What do I learn?

A Sharing Your Faith Story evangelization workshop helps you connect, without preaching, what God is doing in your life with how he works miracles in the lives of those you meet. Discovering who you are in God enables you to help many of the 93% of Catholics who are disengaged from their parish community seek the joy they sense in you as you share your story.

The workshop emphasizes keeping a spiritual journal, your storehouse of God-moments to draw from at the ideal moment. Surprisingly, when you share what God is doing in your life, you see God in others and others see God in you.

Are you ready?

For information on Evangelization Workshops, go to JOYAlive.net/speaker.
Sharing Your Faith Story is available on DVD in the JOYAlive.net Shop 
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About Nancy Ward

Nancy HC Ward is a journalist, author, and speaker who blogs about Catholicism, her conversion, and Christian community at JoyAlive.net,
 7 websites and 7 magazines. She loves to share her faith story and help others share theirs through her Sharing Your Faith Stories seminars, also available on DVD. She contributed four chapters to The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion. She facilitates the Dallas/Fort Worth Catholic Writers and a critique group for the Catholic Writers Guild, where she serves as a board member.
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