Evangelization begins with your personal, intimate encounter with Christ. In other words, it’s not possible for you to evangelize anyone unless you are in a relationship of intimate communion with Jesus. This means that evangelization must begin with a love of Christ and your faith, an education in that faith, and fully living out your Christian faith in the womb of the Church. This concept is often expressed by the saying, “You must first evangelize yourself.”

The purpose of evangelizing other Christians is to bring about union with holy mother Church, which brings access to the fullness of truth and the additional sacraments of initiation beyond baptism.

Objective: In this course, students will learn all about evangelization. Students will learn what it is, why it's important, and how to help evangelize others. Students will learn what makes Catholic Evangelization unique and all about the New Evangelization and its goals.

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Course curriculum

  • 01

    Defending the Faith - What Does It Mean to Evangelize? - Lesson 1 - First Principles of Evangelization

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • What Does It Mean to Evangelize? - Lesson 1 - First Principles of Evangelization - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Defending the Faith - What Does It Mean to Evangelize? - Lesson 1 - First Principles of Evangelization - Live Lesson Recording with Deacon Frederick Bartels (5/25/21)

    • What Does It Mean to Evangelize? - Lesson 1 - First Principles of Evangelization - QUIZ

    • Defending the Faith - What Does It Mean to Evangelize? - Lesson 1 - First Principles of Evangelization - Live Lesson with Deacon Frederick Bartels - May 25 @ 1:00 PM Pacific

  • 02

    Defending the Faith - What Does It Mean to Evangelize? - Lesson 2 - Elements and Characteristics of Catholic Evangelization

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • What Does It Mean to Evangelize? - Lesson 2 - Elements and Characteristics of Catholic Evangelization - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Defending the Faith - What Does It Mean to Evangelize? - Lesson 2 - Elements and Characteristics of Catholic Evangelization - Live Lesson Recording with Deacon Frederick Bartels (5/26/21)

    • What Does It Mean to Evangelize? - Lesson 2 - Elements and Characteristics of Catholic Evangelization - QUIZ

    • Defending the Faith - What Does It Mean to Evangelize? - Lesson 2 - Elements and Characteristics of Catholic Evangelization - Live Lesson with Deacon Frederick Bartels - May 26 @ 1:00 PM Pacific

  • 03

    Defending the Faith - What Does It Mean to Evangelize? - Lesson 3 - The New Evangelization

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • What Does It Mean to Evangelize? - Lesson 3 - The New Evangelization - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Defending the Faith - What Does It Mean to Evangelize? - Lesson 3 - The New Evangelization - Live Lesson Recording with Deacon Frederick Bartels (5/27/21)

    • What Does It Mean to Evangelize? - Lesson 3 - The New Evangelization - QUIZ

    • Defending the Faith - What Does It Mean to Evangelize? - Lesson 3 - The New Evangelization - Live Lesson with Deacon Frederick Bartels - May 27 @ 1:00 PM Pacific

Instructor(s)

Instructor Bio:

Deacon Frederick Bartels is a member of the Catholic clergy who serves the Church in the diocese of Pueblo, CO. He received an MA in Theology and Educational Ministry from Catholic Distance University, where he is currently employed as an adjunct professor of theology. He is founder and editor of Joy In Truth (joyintruth.com), an online magazine dedicated to the New Evangelization. As a Catholic educator, public speaker and evangelist, Deacon Bartels strives to infuse culture with the saving principles of the gospel. He lives in Colorado with his wife, Shelly, and the youngest two of their six children. Professor Bartels is Chairman of the Theology Department.

Deacon Frederick Bartels

Professor of Theology, Department Chair