More from Sherry Weddell on Muslim Evangelization

She writes:

The web is useful but what is truly undergirding this completely new phenomena in history is prayer – decades of organized, global and local corporate intercession by tens of millions of Christians in a prayer movement that Catholics are almost completely unaware of and have ignored.  Combined with the intentional founding of tens of thousands of very small, but actively evangelizing Christian communities in every village or neighborhood which they call “churches” and the very common experience of visions, healings, deliverance, and miracles.  (I supposed I don’t have to say that this isn’t a Catholic movement?)   For a gripping introduction, read Jerry Troutdale’s Miraculous Movements: How Hundreds of  Thousands of Muslims are Falling in Love With Jesus.

God, under carefully controlled laboratory conditions, will do whatever he likes.

For meditation:

John answered, “Master, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he does not follow with us.” But Jesus said to him, “Do not forbid him; for he that is not against you is for you.” (Luke 9:49-50)

Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, well versed in the scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue; but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him and expounded to him the way of God more accurately. And when he wished to cross to Achaia, the brethren encouraged him, and wrote to the disciples to receive him. When he arrived, he greatly helped those who through grace had believed, for he powerfully confuted the Jews in public, showing by the scriptures that the Christ was Jesus. (Acts 18:24-28)

Sherry’s awesome book, Forming Intentional Disciples continues to sell like gangbusters, and with good reason. You should order it, log off, and go read it. One of the most important books of the decade.

  • Marion (Mael Muire)

    “The web is useful but what is truly undergirding this completely new phenomena in history is prayer – decades of organized, global and local corporate intercession by tens of millions of Christians in a prayer movement that Catholics are almost completely unaware of and have ignored . . .

    Is it fair to state that Catholics have “ignored” something of which they are not yet been made aware?

    I would love to read more about this prayer movement, but the link goes directly to the Amazon order page for a book, and there is a dearth of information there. I am not aware of a good reason to order a book about a topic it has been suggested one has been ignoring, when one has no idea what the book is about.

    • J. H. M. Ortiz

      I should think that the daily prayer of Catholics in the Eucharistic liturgy for the work of the Church, the rosaries (“O my Jesus, …, lead all souls to heaven”), the prayer for the Holy Father’s intentions (which surely include that all may know Our Lord better and love Him more), etc., have likewise constituted “decades of organized, global and local corporate intercession by tens of millions of Christians”.

  • http://www.likelierthings.com Jon W

    Sherry’s book sounds cool, but they’ve got to fix the endorsement on that website you linked to:

    “Only 1/4 of the way through and I think Forming Intentional Disciples by Sherry Weddell may be the more important book I’ve read this year.”

    It’s a less-than-compelling endorsement when the guy apparently only reads two books a year.

  • Elias Crim

    Marion, perhaps you are new to Mark’s blog. Many of us veteran Shea groupies would say that in this instance the good reason to order a book one may have no idea about is precisely because it is Mark Shea recommending it. That guy has the nose of a bloodhound, spiritually speaking.

  • Sherry Weddell

    Marion- the information has been out there online for years for anyone who cares. I’ve been blogging about it over and over for years. We could know – if we were interested. But their working assumptions are so different that we won’t take them seriously. Since some of the commenters in the previous conversation seemed genuinely interested, I passed on the book’s name. My Catholic evangelization brain trust read and discussed it months ago. There is ALOT we could learn about evangelization of post modern westerners from what these people are doing in sub Saharan Africa.

    Jon W: i agree. Jonathan Sullivan went on to write a full, awesome review on Amazon, did a podcast with me, and bought 250 copies of the book for every leader in his diocese from the Bishop on down. We do need to update our site.

    • http://www.rosariesforlife.com Dave

      Sherry…how active is the Minneapolis/St. Paul diocese with regards to your book and programs? I see that they have some workshops down at the Cathedral. I am trying to figure out how to get the attention of the powers-that-be in our diocese, but I don’t want to reinvent the wheel.

    • Andy, Bad Person

      I think Jon W’s criticism of a needed update had to do with the fact that the book was the “more” important book he’s read this year, meaning he’s only read one other.

    • Marion (Mael Muire)

      I did independent research on the web, and found this:

      http://miraculousmovements.com/. . . which was helpful.

      Sherry, I am interested, especially since readingIntentional Disciples.

      Yours is a fantastic website and blog; I just don’t get to read it as often as it would perhaps be good for me to do.

      I’m glad to have the opportunity to learn more about the phenomenon alluded to here, but, like most people unless something breaks through through the routine of work – laundry – grocery store – check out a few of the favorite websites . . . well, I’m just glad to find out about it now. I promise you that neither I nor any Catholics I know have been willfully or disdainfully ignorant about such things.

      There is ALOT we could learn about evangelization of post modern westerners from what these people are doing in sub Saharan Africa.”

      Yipee-ai-oh-tie-yay! Bring it on!

    • Irenist

      “There is ALOT we could learn about evangelization of post modern westerners from what these people are doing in sub Saharan Africa.”
      I had this thought as well. One worry I keep returning to is that various Protestantisms seem to be so very, very much *better* at this (both in the West and the Muslim world) than we are. Sherry, your book talks about some of the reason why that might be, and how we might change them. Do you (or anyone else here) have any further thoughts on that?

  • David R

    Any plans for an ebook version?

  • Sherry Weddell

    Dave R: Forming Intentional Disciples is available in both Kindle and Nook format already.

    Dave: The Cathedral at St. Paul has its own Called & Gifted team and offers the C & G regularly. I’ve not been in touch with them about the book specifically.

    • http://www.rosariesforlife.com Dave

      Thanks, Sherry. What would be the process, or is it even advisable, to get a team going in our parish/area? St. Paul is a bit of a hike from the suburbs on the other side of Mpls, though certainly driveable (45 min.) Or would you recommend that since there is already a team within an hour, that we just go to the program there?

      There are a fairly large amount of “intentional disciples” in our area, though I wouldn’t say it’s critical mass territory. Something like this would probably be just the ticket to organize and get things shifted to a higher level.

      • Sherry Weddell

        Dave – are you asking about getting a C & G team going which would focus on helping people discern their charisms or something more explicitly related to evangelization?

        One of the fastest ways to get the conversation going about evangelization is what lots of parish and diocesan leaders are doing around the country. Buy large numbers of my book (at big bulk discounts like we give) and give it away to your significant leaders – and then get together and talk about it. It was my attempt to distill large parts of what we’ve learned about the spiritual and human realities of making disciples of those who are already in or drifting through our parish through our Making Disciples process. By the way, we will be offering the full blown Making Disciples seminar in beautiful Colorado Springs in June, 2013. We’d love to have you come! Drop a line to Austin at austin@siena.org if you are interested.

  • Sherry Weddell

    For what it is worth, Jonathan Sullivan’s Amazon review of Forming Intentional Disciples begins like this:

    Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus by Sherry Weddell is the most important book I’ve read this year. That is not exaggeration or hyperbole, but a testament to the research, experience, and insight Weddell brings to the question of evangelization and catechesis in the Church today. Weddell’s book is a synthesis of every deep conversation about catechesis and evangelization I’ve had with my local and national colleagues for the past four years


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