Six steps to having more zeal in faith
What is your RCIA team’s objective for the catechumens?
Some years ago, business leaders were caught up in a trend called "Management by Objective" (MBO). MBO is a method of organizing and motivating employees to accomplish the objectives of the company. So if the objective of a company is to sell a million widgets, whatever any employee does to help the company reach that objective is praiseworthy.

In some parishes, catechumenate processes seem to be MBO processes. The way you can discover this is to examine the expectations of the RCIA team around the Easter season. Many team members have an expectation that the neophytes or newly received Catholics will sign up for ministries during the period of mystagogy. It is as though the team had been doing everything it could to accomplish the objective of getting the new folks into a parish activity.

The RCIA Journey: Looking back paves the way for moving forward
This post was written by Jan Petroni Brown. She has led the RCIA Ministry at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Houston, Texas, for the past three years. She is an author and college English instructor.

In the small, ethnically diverse inner-city parish in one of the nation’s largest cities, the RCIA ministry my husband and I lead is anything but ordinary. We have come to expect anything and marvel at how powerfully the Holy Spirit works in the hearts of these sheep the Lord has called. This past Easter vigil, when our catechumens stepped up to the baptismal font, there was exuberance. And each one had a backstory.

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Dear Diana and Nick,

I forwarded the invitation to view the "Build a Powerful RCIA Process" webinar to my colleagues. I've seen quite a few offerings from TeamRCIA over the years and have learned a lot about various RCIA teaching techniques and insights. Even though we're aren't doing RCIA specifically in our Returning Catholics sessions, there is a great deal of overlap that I've found to be useful.

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Seek the Living God: Five RCIA Inquiry Questions for Making Disciples

Nick Wagner

Why is this book important?
We all know that a one-size-fits-all approach to catechumenate formation doesn’t work. But until now, many of us were stumped trying to find a viable alternative. Seek the Living God: Five RCIA Inquiry Questions for Making Disciples is the answer to your prayers. After just a few meetings with your seekers, you will be able to easily create a customized faith formation plan that is tailored to the unique needs of each person. And the best part is that the seekers do most of the work in developing their own plan. Your role shifts from being the Catholic "expert" to being a mentor and coach.

What is in this book?
Nick Wagner walks you through a scientifically-proven process based on adult learning principles to develop an individualized faith-formation plan for every one of your RCIA seekers. The process is based on a series of five key questions that we ask of every inquirer. And once you understand how the five-question process works, you can easily train others to use it. New team members don’t have to worry about "knowing enough" to be on the team. They just have to be able to ask five questions.

What’s the big deal?
This book is a game-changer. Now you can start your RCIA seekers on a path to lifelong discipleship by listening deeply to their true needs. You can be confident that you are leading your seekers through a fruitful, conversion-centered inquiry process that will set them on a clear path to living and praying as committed Catholics. You will be amazed at the powerful conversion that will happen with your inquirers — and with you.

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Field Hospital Catechesis: The Core Content for RCIA Formation
Nick Wagner

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The Way of Faith: A Field Guide for the RCIA Process
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