Renewal efforts have underscored the need to meet people where they are and accompany them to grow in their discipleship.
Many people today are in a stage of exploring the meaning of life, others need a fresh encounter with Christ before they can grow in their faith. Still others are ready to go on mission to invite people onto the "discipleship pathway." The pathway image is circular, which represents a continuous deepening of our own discipleship and mission throughout life.
As parishes renew themselves to create the culture of evangelization and missionary discipleship needed to support everyone at each stage of the discipleship pathway, there are fundamental elements that must be in place: prayer and reliance on the Holy Spirit, leading as a team, sharing the vision, hospitality and accompaniment. These are intentionally shown at the core of parish renewal.