How to introduce changes in your RCIA ministry
What happens when you rock the RCIA boat?  
Has this ever happened to you? You went to a workshop or read a book or saw something online, and a lightbulb clicked on. Suddenly, everything was so clear about how to structure the catechumenate process. Or maybe just one part of the process. The point is, before you didn’t know and now you did. Things had to change.

So what did you do? You probably did what I would do or anyone would do. You rushed back to the parish and immediately started changing things to make them right. Right?

Well, if you have ever actually had an experience like that and tried to change things like that (I have), you know what happens. The more sure you are about the change you want to make, the greater the resistance to the change. And that is soooo frustrating.

Make the shift from "RCIA team" to "coalition for change"
In 1983, I interviewed for my first job as a parish liturgist. The silver-haired pastor sat behind an imposing desk in his wood-paneled office. I sat on the other side of the desk in one of those chairs that you sink into and that makes it impossible for you to sit up straight. At one point, he looked down at me and said, "We don’t operate as a team here. I’m the boss, and my word is final."

Well, that was just fine with me! After a decade of high-school and college youth ministry, I was fed up with "team ministry." While on paper, the idea of team ministry offered the promise of collaboration, the reality was often a confusion of roles and lack of a clear decision making process. Communication was often muddled, and people’s feelings got hurt.

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A Vision for Conversion
Eight Steps to Radically Change Your RCIA Process
Leisa Anslinger

You said yes to coordinating the RCIA in your parish. You knew it was going to be a big commitment and require a lot of your time. But it turned out to be much bigger and more complex than you ever imagined. The more you learned about those asking to become Catholic, the more you realized that "the way we've always done it" just isn't going to work anymore if you want to form lifelong disciples. Something has to change.

Leisa Anslinger, a veteran of RCIA leadership and parish planning, knows how to help communities develop a vision, navigate change, and bring out the best in their leaders and parishioners. In A Vision for Conversion: Eight Steps to Radically Change Your RCIA Process, Leisa walks you through the eight most effective ways to move your parish RCIA process from maintenance-mode into a true conversion journey that inspires seekers to lifelong discipleship. Whether you're an RCIA veteran or just getting started, this book will be your companion and guide as you plan for the change your parish needs to initiate seekers into Christ.

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Mystagogy of the Eucharist: A Resource for Faith Formation
Gilbert Ostdiek, OFM

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Diana Macalintal

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