Happy and Excited About Evangelizing
Evangelization is what Joe Sixpack is all about! Nothing gets me happier and more excited than sharing the faith. It doesn't matter if I'm working with a non-Catholic, a lapsed Catholic, or even a daily Communicant—when I get a chance to talk about the Catholic faith, I get happy feet and want to dance to work off the adrenaline caused by the excitement. I have dedicated my entire life since 1987 to be evangelizing everyone I could reach. While still a catechumen, I was so excited about the Catholic faith that I began sharing it with anyone who would sit still long enough to listen.
Since those early days of evangelization in the late '80s, I have played a direct role in the conversion of hundreds of souls. Led by that Delightful Guest of the soul, the Holy Spirit, I have made all those converts in one-on-one and small group venues for sharing the faith. That was in the latter part of the 20th Century. Now I am embarking on a 21st-century style out of evangelization. Let me tell you about it.
21st Century Evangelization
The Big Three
The beautiful thing about these webinars, besides the fact that I can hold them for 1000 people at the time, is that each webinar can be recorded. The reason for recording these webinars is so people who ended up not being able to attend can be sent a link to go back and view them.
Since I have never before conducted a webinar, it is my intention to teach the entire catechism in a webinar series to Sixpackers who want to learn more so I can work out all of the bugs (with anything online, there are always bugs). Then I will take the recorded webinars and post them on my website for anyone who wants to use them—pastors, CCD classes, RCIA classes, cradle Catholics who want to learn more about their faith, or anyone else. Once these webinars on basic catechism are complete, then I will begin doing the evangelistic webinars.
Souls Cost Money
- I have to develop the slide presentations for the webinar. (Zero cost, only time)
- I have to advertise the webinar with highly targeted pay-per-click and banner ad advertising. ($2,000-$2,500/month)
- I have to have professionally written advertising copy done for the pay-per-click advertising and graphic design for the banner ads by a Catholic online advertising agency. ($800)
- I have to pay for a webinar platform that is reliable. There are free platforms, but as the saying goes, you get what you pay for, and I've investigated them all. ($150/month)
- I have to have a virtual assistant who can help me with the webinar during the real time event, as it takes at least two people to run a webinar efficiently and without distraction—my attention must be focused on what I'm teaching and the webinar attendees. ($400/month)
TOTAL MONTHLY COSTS: $3,350-$3,850
In Matthew Jesus said,
"Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned."(Mark 16:15-16)
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son an of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…" (Matthew 28:19)
We usually focus on the corporal works of mercy:
- feeding the hungry
- sheltering the homeless
- clothing the naked
- visiting the sick and imprisoned
- burying the dead
I get that. We all want to help the less fortunate—those stricken by poverty and illness. But who is more impoverished and ill than someone who does not know or live for Jesus in the fullness of truth he established? It is our duty to carry Christ's gospel message to them, especially those who have never heard any part of it. And believe it or not, most people in the secularized West have never been exposed to Jesus or his teachings. So let's work together to save souls.
The first level of sponsorship is the basic Sixpacker ($10/mo). Most of us blow more than this every month on superfluous things out of our mad money. Wouldn't it be much better to have your mad money go toward the salvation of souls? Just click on the top left button now.
St. Philip Partner
After the martyrdom of Saint Stephen he went to "the city of Samaria", where he preached with much success, Simon Magus being one of his converts. He afterwards was told by an angel of the Lord to go to the road between Jerusalem and Gaza. There he instructed and baptized the Ethiopian eunuch; next he was "caught away" by the Spirit and "found at Azotus" (Ashdod), and then "pass[ed] through he preached in all the cities till he came to Caesarea" (Acts 8).
Here some years afterwards, according to Acts 21:8–9, where he is described as "the evangelist" (a term found again in the New Testament only in Ephesians 4:11; 2 Timothy 4:5), he entertained Paul the Apostle and his companion on their way to Jerusalem; at that time "he had four daughters which did prophesy". Philip was only briefly mentioned in Acts, but he was a powerful evangelist.
You can play your role in this apostolate by enrolling as a St. Philip Partner with your monthly gift of $20 a month. Just click on the left button now.
St. Stephen Partner
Become a St. Stephen Partner in this soul saving work with your gift of $50 a month. Just click on the left button now.
St. Timothy Partner
His relationship with Paul was close. Paul entrusted him with missions of great importance. Timothy's name appears as the co-author on 2 Corinthians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, and Philemon. Paul wrote to the Philippians about Timothy, "I have no one like him." (Philippians 2:19-23) When Paul was in prison and awaiting martyrdom, he summoned his faithful friend, Timothy, for a last farewell.
That Timothy was jailed at least once during the period of the writing of the New Testament is implied by the writer of Hebrews mentioning Timothy's release at the end of the epistle.
The apocryphal Acts of Timothy states that in the year 97, the 80-year-old bishop tried to halt a procession in honor of the goddess Diana by preaching the gospel. The angry pagans beat him, dragged him through the streets, and stoned him to death.
You can be a St. Timothy Partner in saving souls in our webinar program with your gift of $100 a month. Just click on the left button now.
St. Paul Partner
According to the New Testament, Paul was dedicated to the persecution of the early disciples of Jesus in the area of Jerusalem. In the narrative of the Acts, Paul was traveling on the road from Jerusalem to Damascus on a mission to "bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem" when the resurrected Jesus appeared to him in a great light. He was struck blind but, after three days, his sight was restored by Ananias of Damascus, and Paul began to preach that Jesus of Nazareth is the Jewish Messiah and the Son of God.
Paul was a great apostle and evangelist. You can share in his greatness as a St. Paul Partner of this apostolate with a monthly gift of $250. Just click on the left button now.
Blessed Mother Partner
Some Marian titles have a direct scriptural basis. For instance, the title "Queen Mother" has been given to Mary since she is the mother of Jesus, who was sometimes referred to as the "King of Kings" due to his ancestral descent from King David. The scriptural basis for the term "Queen" can be seen in Luke 1:32 and the Isaiah 9:6. "Queen Mother" can be found in 1 Kings 2:19-20 and Jeremiah 13:18-19. Other titles have arisen from reported miracles, special appeals or occasions for calling on Mary. To give a few examples, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Our Lady of Navigators and Our Lady Undoer of Knots fit this description.
Mary is definitely Jesus' greatest evangelist, the only one superior to St. Paul. Even though she's not a preaching and teaching evangelist, she is certainly His greatest promoter. In the 2nd chapter of John's Gospel, Mary, Jesus and His apostles are invited to a marriage feast. When they ran out of wine, at Mary's urging, Jesus decided to turn water into wine. When the servants were gathered by Mary for their part in the coming miracle, Mary simply turned to those servants and said, "Do whatever he tells you." (John 2:5)
And that is what she has been telling us all ever since—"Do whatever he tells you." She told us that when she appeared at Lourdes, Fatima, Banneux, and everywhere else. That is why she's His greatest evangelist!
Now you can join Mary in evangelizing souls by becoming a Blessed Mother Partner in this apostolate with your monthly gift of $500. Just click on the left button now.
Holy Spirit Partner
I've always said that evangelizing for the Catholic Church is the best sales job I've ever had. As a young sales professional, I had to search for my own prospects, then arrange a sales presentation contact, actually make the presentation, then begin the close of the sale. Sometimes the close took longer than the presentation. But evangelizing souls is a much easier sales job. And the parallels to the first Pentecost are astounding!
In this work, the Holy Spirit finds attracts the prospects (Acts 2:2-4). The sales presentation I give is simply the same one the Church has been using for 2000 years. I don't have to close, as the Holy Spirit does that for us (Acts 2:41-43; 8:36-38). The bottom line from a sales professional's perspective is, it's the easiest sales job in the world!
But not all of us have the gifts and abilities necessary to evangelize. People with the ability do indeed evangelize; others support them in their work. That's what I'm asking you to do right now. Help me be useful to the Holy Spirit in a really big way to reach 3,000 to 5,000 souls each and every week by becoming a Holy Spirit Partner with your monthly gift of $1,000. Just click on the left button now.
What's in It For Me?
For what it's worth, though, I'll take time to thank each one of you personally in an email or snail mail if you become a Sixpacker, St. Philip Partner, St. Stephen Partner, or St. Timothy Partner. If you become a St. Paul Partner, a Blessed Mother Partner, or a Holy Spirit Partner, and if you send me your phone number, I'll personally thank you with a phone call. And Blessed Mother & Holy Spirit Partners will have access to me anytime for any Church related need—answering catechetical or theological questions, giving advice for raising money for your parish, giving advice for evangelizing or dealing with a particular person… ANYTHING.