DISCIPLESHIP AND CATECHESIS: Door-to-Door Evangelisation

Authored by Doris A.M. Lawrence in Issue #35.2 of The Sower

Evangelisation requires us to be disciples. This means we embrace Christ’s teaching and example as outlined in the Gospels. Interestingly this takes on a new dimension when going around the parish knocking on doors to find out where Catholics live. Amazingly a Catholic will tell you if they are lapsed or not. Catechesis can become a knee-jerk experience when doing doorstep discipleship and evangelisation. One needs to rely heavily on the Holy Spirit to inspire the right answers to questions that are troubling either the lapsed Catholic or would-be inquirers into the faith. Going further in my own study of the faith through course work in catechesis at Maryvale Institute, I find the knowledge gained invaluable when doing this type of work.
Jesus speaks to the person who answers the door, as quoted in the Book of Revelation: “Look I am standing at the door knocking, if one of you hears me calling and opens the door, I will come in to share a meal at that person’s side. Let anyone who can hear, listen to what the Spirit is saying to the Churches” (3:20-22). Jesus welcomes everyone who has drifted away or even rejected him.

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