DENVER, Sept. 27, 2018 — Curtis Martin, founder of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), recently released Making Missionary Disciples: How to live the Method Modeled by the Master, outlining the approach to evangelization modeled for us by Jesus in the Gospels and rooted in Catholic magisterial teaching.
The model was articulated in an earlier form in 2017 in Martin’s White Paper, Making Missionary Disciples, published in anticipation of USCCB’s Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America.
In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis shared, “I dream of a ‘missionary option’ … a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything … ”
Making Missionary Disciples offers a time-proven model that makes the missionary option a reality. Martin explores how to build a vibrant culture of faithfulness and fruitfulness. He doesn’t just remind readers how every disciple is called on mission to share the love and truth of Jesus Christ. He provides practical ways to do this in their daily lives:
· Know the three crucial habits of effective evangelization.
· Grow in Divine Intimacy following the four essential practices to which the early disciples devoted themselves.
· Learn the importance of becoming not only a disciple, but a missionary disciple.
· Understand the three-phased “Method Modeled by the Master.”
FOCUS was established in 1998 and presently has nearly 700 missionaries serving on 153 college campuses in 42 U.S. states, as well as campuses in five international locations. Missionaries also serve in U.S. parishes to support pastors with their evangelization efforts. The initial fruits of this international and parish work have shown the model used by FOCUS is transferable across cultures, campuses and parish settings.
Curtis Martin holds a master’s degree in theology and is the author of the best-selling book, Made for More. Curtis is also the co-author of The Real Story: Understanding the Big Picture of the Bible with Dr. Edward Sri and Boys to Men: The Transforming Power of Virtue with Dr. Tim Gray. In 2011, Martin was appointed to serve as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization. Martin also serves as a Consultor to two committees of the USCCB: the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, and the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis.
Making Missionary Disciples is available through https://www.focus.org/making-missionary-disciples. The format is hardcover, and the price is $14.95. Bulk discounts are available.
The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) was founded in 1998. The apostolate invites college students into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church, inspiring and equipping them for a lifetime of Christ-centered evangelization, discipleship and friendships in which they lead others to do the same. Throughout the 2018 – 2019 academic year, nearly 700 missionaries serve full-time on 153 college campuses, located across 42 U.S. states and at five international locations (two in Austria, one in England, one in Germany and one in Ireland). Tens of thousands of students have been involved with FOCUS, who after graduation have the opportunity to move into parish life and continue their missionary work. Within this number, 732 have made decisions to pursue Catholic religious vocations. By 2022, FOCUS expects — God willing — to have 75,000 students transitioned into many of America’s 17,000+ Catholic parishes. FOCUS missionaries are typically recent college graduates who devote two or more years of their post-collegiate lives to reach out to peers on campus. To learn more, visit us at www.focus.org.