Sherry Weddell, in her book Forming Intentional Disciples, calls it the "Thresholds of Conversion."
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There are five basic thresholds of conversion in the average walk toward Christ: trust, curiosity, openness, seeking, and intentional discipleship. Our goal is to become wise enough to recognize where people are at in the conversion process, and patient enough to supply only what they need to get to the next threshold. Let's briefly look at each threshold:
1. Initial Trust - A person is able to trust or has a positive association with Jesus and "church stuff" (not the same as personal faith)
2. Spiritual Curiosity - A person is intrigued by or has a desire to know more about Jesus and "church stuff" (but is not yet open to personal change)
3. Spiritual Openness - not a commitment to follow Christ, but an openness to the possibility of personal and spiritual change
4. Actively Seeking - an urgent spiritual quest; the person has transitioned from essentially passive to actively seeking God
5. Intentional Discipleship - the decision to "drop one's nets" and make a conscious commitment to follow Christ and to order one's life accordingly
Notice the final stage of conversion is not perfect sanctity. Intentional discipleship is how Weddell categorizes those of us who are not yet saints, but want to be. That's the real goal. Once this final threshold conversion takes place, the Lord is given full permission to reign over our lives, and that's when everything changes. But it takes time. It begins slow. And it begins with us. Simply "going to church" is not enough. Do you trust Jesus and the Church he founded? Do you have a desire to know more? Are you open to change? Are you actively seeking to know God more personally? Have you dropped your nets?
1 - Share Yourself 2 - Know the Kerygma 3 - Pray. Especially When You Don't Have Time.
4 - Collaborate 5 - Invite. Invite. Invite. 6 - Be Cheerful 7 - Do the Task at Hand
8 - Don't Forget Recess 9 - It Begins with a Smile 10 - The Topic is Always Jesus
11 - The WIIFM Principle 12 - Recapture the Enchantment 13 - Learn to Use Youtube
14 - The Art of Accompaniment 15 - The Art of Listening
16 - Eat Food. It's Part of Evangelization 17 - Everything Leads to Liturgy
18 - Self-love Can Still Be Other-centered 19 - It Will Never Be Perfect, Don't Stress
20 - The "Student" is the Whole Family 21 - Catechesis is a MEANS of Evangelization 22 - The 5 Means of Evangelization 23 - The Christian Life is Service 24 - Doctrine is for Prayer. 25 - From Evangelization to Immanuelization 26 - Humility, Love, and 'Eucharistic' Anticipation 27 - People Change People 28 - Salvation History is Our Story 29 - Mutual Forgiveness 30 - Fraternal Correction 31 - Build-Up Families 32 - Affirmative Orthodoxy 33 - Emphasize the Mission 34 - Talk about Tithing 35 - Recognize Bondage 36 - Encourage Ignatian Discernment 37 - Be Patient. It's a Process.