Why the Church Isn’t Typically Good at Evangelization and One Way to Stop That Problem

Episode 33 · July 24th, 2019 · 47 mins 18 secs

About this Episode

Dave “Thunderclap” VanVickle and I are talking to the one and only Mark Hart—author, speaker, and Executive Vice President of Life Teen. We talk about the struggles parishes have to organize a movement of evangelization and the difficulty of training and empowering individuals to spread the gospel.

Instead of just telling people to evangelize, Mark is on a mission to teach people to evangelize with a new program—The 99. Featuring Fr. Mike Schmitz, Fr. Josh Johnson, Leah Darrow, Sr. Miriam James Heidland, and more, the program will help parishes start a movement of evangelization in their communities. See more at evangelization.com.

Snippet from the Show - “The Church is an organized religion, but we’re painfully disorganized on a parish level.”


Quote attributed to St. Francis of Assisi - “Preach the gospel at all times, when necessary, use words.”

Mark’s 4 Practical Tips

  1. As part of your morning prayer, ask the Lord for greater awareness of the people he’s putting in your path that day.
  2. Pray an examination of conscience at the end of the day (consider using Romans 12).
  3. Put your phone down more often to be present to those around you.
  4. Instead of texting someone, call them and leave a voicemail if you have to.

One last tip from Gomer and Dave: Buy The 99!

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