Originally Posted by Lobster123
I would hope a MA would teach modern means of evangelization. It would hopefully be cutting edge technically speaking and ways for all Catholics to spread the Gospel. We NEED something like that. Making random evangelization more accessable to all Catholics is a must in todays day and age.
I really don't understand what a MA in Evangelization would entail. I believe we are all called to evangelize. You can probably learn techniques but you don't need a degree to get that. There are many programs out there to teach evangelization. What you need to evangelize is a good understanding of the faith and the knowledge to back up what you teach or bring to others. That comes from a degree in Theology, Religious Education, Pastoral Studies or Ministry. I evangelize every day in my ministry and a lot of that I learned simply from experience or from diocesan offered workshops.
Actually I am very leery of any new programs that are going to start popping up regarding New Evangelization. Many of these cost parishes money that they don't have. The real evangelization must be one on one, in the neighborhood, in the workplace, on the lacrosse field. It is every day Catholics living their faith and sharing their faith with others. It is a process of conversion.
We have had programs upon programs over the years. People get all excited but after awhile its the same old thing again. But I have also been involved with a grass roots faith sharing community that helps convert many people to Christ. Only two people in the whole community of over 100 people (and more added each year), have advanced degrees in the area of theology. The community grows because we know Christ and bring Him to others. That is what evangelization is all about. You don't need a degree in Evangelization to evangelize, but a degree in Theology is helpful in order to assist those recognize the Truth and answer the hard questions that undoubtedly arise.