We all know that a one-size-fits-all approach to RCIA catechumenate formation doesn't work. But until now, many of us were stumped trying to find a viable alternative. Seek the Living God: Five RCIA Inquiry Questions for Making Disciples is the answer to your prayers. After just a few meetings with your seekers, you will be able to easily create a customized faith formation plan that is tailored to the unique needs of each person. The best part is that the seekers do most of the work in developing their own plan. Your role shifts from being the Catholic "expert" to being a mentor and coach.
Once you understand how the five-question process works, you can easily train others to use it. New team members don't have to worry about "knowing enough" to be on the team. Start using these questions with your very next RCIA seeker. You will be amazed at the powerful conversion that will happen with your inquirers-and with you.
Nick Wagner is the cofounder of TeamRCIA.com, a training center for conversion and formation for lifelong discipleship. Through TeamRCIA.com, Nick and his wife and partner, Diana Macalintal, provide accessible, comprehensive training for RCIA teams in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Nick has been teaching and writing about the catechumenate, liturgy, and catechesis for more than 30 years.
In Seek the Living God, Nick Wagner has given us a book which is not only a must for the RCIA team library, but, practically speaking, should be in the hands of every RCIA catechist, director, and sponsor!
This book can be a game-changer for anyone who is willing to risk re-thinking the way they carry out the RCIA. Imagine making a shift in the way you enact the RCIA, from a program of learning about the faith to a process in which seekers are actively engaged in becoming Christian disciples. Seek the Living God provides a framework for doing just that. The book offers a thoughtful and refreshing process that truly reflects the evangelization that the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults describes. I am certain Seek the Living God will become an indispensable guide for pastors and RCIA leaders.
Leisa Anslinger, Director, Catholic Life and Faith
Wagner's question-asking model tailors the experience to the needs of the seeker, allowing the RCIA leader to become less of a Catholic "expert" and more of a mentor or coach who helps guide the inquirer through their journey of gathering the information they need not only to join the Church, but to become lifelong disciples.
Seek the Living God is a creative and practical resource for those who lead the Period of the Precatechumenate (Inquiry) in the RCIA. Nick Wagner shares great insight and experience as he breaks open this important time of evangelization. He provides extremely helpful questions, examples, tools, and ideas for the period of inquiry, which all too often looks like "Catholic classes" rather than a time of encountering the living God, hearing the Good News of Jesus Christ, and opening one's life to the power of the Holy Spirit. This book will help RCIA leaders and teams to avoid the temptation of a "one size fits all" precatechumenate, and will enable them to recognize and bring out the many hues of those who seek the living God.
Karen Kane, Director of the Office for Divine Worship and Sacraments , Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Seek the Living God provides an individualized formation path for each inquirer leading them to lifelong discipleship. Using five insightful questions to engage each seeker's unique needs, the evidence of their ongoing conversion is illuminated through dialogue with RCIA team mentor. A model calendar, formation plan and creative involvement with community provide a flexible guide suited to diverse parish RCIA teams.
Emily Filippi, Director of Office of Christian Formation, Diocese of Richmond