Happy and Excited About Evangelizing

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Happy Feet

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

Howdy!
When the Internet first came out, Catholics were very excited about the possibility of reaching millions of souls. But they quickly became discouraged because the Internet was taken over by every evil imaginable, right out of the bowels of hell. Suddenly the eternal destiny of souls online was threatened by easily accessible pornography, online gambling, moneymaking schemes, scams, and a host of other evils. Added to that is the fact that Internet algorithms changed so rapidly that Catholic apostolates couldn't keep up with the changes and found themselves and their online presence left behind. So they very quickly became discouraged with their online efforts to reach souls.



The Big Three

Did you know the three biggest items searched for on the Internet are (1) how to make money on the Internet, (2) health and wellness, and (3) alternative spirituality. By alternative spirituality, what we mean is that searchers on the Internet are looking for something to satisfy man's natural need for something spiritual. People no longer want mainstream Christianity. They have been burned out by Protestantism, as it does not satisfy what the soul longs for. They don't want Catholicism due to all the bad press we've had in recent years, and because they have a false perception of what Catholicism is. However, they want and need something to give meaning to their empty lives. True Catholicism—not a watered-down version, or a milquetoast version—is the only thing that will satisfy the longing in their souls. I know that from experience.

Webinar Evangelization

World Wide Web
I have figured out how to take back the Internet from the Evil One, and snatch thousands of souls away from him at the same time. Since the Internet has become very commercial, many businesses are using what are called webinars to sell their products and services to Internet users. A webinar creates an online meeting place where as many as of 1000 people at a time can come together to listen to a webinar facilitator. These webinars are done in real-time, and participants can ask questions and make comments in a chat box provided on the webinar page.

Curiosity

Curiosity
There is no reason why these webinars can't be used for evangelization. However, in order to do this, what I call a "curiosity approach" has to be used to get people to attend the webinars. What I mean by a curiosity approach is to avoid saying anything about what's being taught is Catholic. For the average English-speaking person of the West, the minute you mention the word "Catholic" you can almost hear their minds slam shut. But that is because the Catholic Church is not really what they think it is, and it certainly isn't what the media make it out to be. When they discover what the Catholic Church really is, they embrace it eagerly.

Archbishop Sheen
So it is my intention to tout myself as an online televangelist type (sort of like Archbishop Fulton Sheen, the original televangelist) who has studied for 30 years to discover the "secrets of first century Christianity." Then I will teach what I have "discovered" in just the way I have always taught it to inquirers for years, except that I will be using the curiosity approach. They won't realize it's Catholicism until the fourth lesson, but by then they're hooked. And as attendees have questions, all they need to do is type them into the chat box provided on the webinar platform so I can answer them in real-time.

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

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An unfortunate reality of evangelization is, souls cost money. It's been that way since the very first Pentecost Sunday. If you read the book of Acts and the Pauline epistles, you will see all of the costs of evangelization are taken care of by gifts being given to the people who knew how to evangelize by the people who didn't know how to evangelize.
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This form of evangelization is no different than any other. It costs money. Granted, another benefit of evangelizing online is that it's far less expensive than offline, but it still costs money I don't have. In order to achieve my dream of evangelizing on the Internet, a number of steps are going to have to be taken to implement this evangelization system. Here is what I have to do in a nutshell:

  • 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
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Decisions

So now you have to decide. How much is a soul worth to you? How much is your own soul worth to you? 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)

In Matthew Jesus said,

"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.
Thanks!

Sixpacker

Joe Sixpack
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St. Philip Partner

St. Philip
One of the early evangelists in the Church was St. Philip the Deacon. Philip bore a Greek name. He is first mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles (6:5) as one of "the seven" who were chosen to attend to certain temporal affairs of the church in Jerusalem in consequence of the murmurings of the Hellenists against the Hebrews.

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.

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St. Stephen Partner

St. Stephen
St. Stephen was also a deacon, and traditionally venerated as the Protomartyr or first martyr of Christianity. He was, according to the Acts of the Apostles, a deacon in the early church at Jerusalem who aroused the enmity of members of various synagogues by his teachings. Accused of blasphemy, at his trial he made a long speech denouncing the Jewish authorities who were sitting in judgment on him and was then stoned to death. His martyrdom was witnessed by Saul of Tarsus, a Pharisee who would later himself become a follower of Jesus.

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St. Timothy Partner

St. Timothy
St. Timothy was a disciple of St. Paul. Paul called him his son in the faith. In the year 52, Paul and Silas took Timothy along with them on their journey to Macedonia. Augustine extols his zeal and disinterestedness in immediately forsaking his country, his house, and his parents, to follow the apostle, to share in his poverty and sufferings. Timothy may have been subject to ill health or "frequent ailments", and Paul encouraged him to "use a little wine for thy stomach's sake".

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.

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St. Paul Partner

St. Paul the Apostle
The greatest preaching and teaching evangelist in the history of the Church, Paul the Apostle, commonly known as Saint Paul, and also known by his native name Saul of Tarsus, was an apostle (though not one of the Twelve Apostles) who taught the gospel of the Christ to the first century world. He is generally considered one of the most important figures of the Apostolic Age. In the mid-30s to the mid-50s AD, he founded several churches in Asia Minor and Europe. Paul took advantage of his status as both a Jew and a Roman citizen to minister to both Jewish and Roman audiences.

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
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Blessed Mother Partner

Blessed Virgin Mary
Mary is commonly referred to as the Virgin Mary, in accordance with the belief that she conceived Jesus miraculously through the Holy Spirit without her husband's involvement. Among her many other names and titles are the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Mary (occasionally), the Mother of God, the Theotokos (primarily in Eastern Christianity), Our Lady, and Queen of Heaven.

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
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Holy Spirit Partner

Holy Spirit
All evangelization comes as the result of a movement of the Holy Spirit. His proactive actionable evangelization began on the first Christian Pentecost Sunday. He gave St. Peter, our first pope, the words to say that led to the conversions of 3,000 souls.

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.
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What's in It For Me?

Materially? Nothing. I admit that I don't have the money necessary to give you a gift in return for yours, the way big apostolates work. They give you something of material or emotional value (a rosary, water from Lourdes, a CD or DVD, etc.) in exchange for your financial gift to them, but I can't do that. Maybe I can in the future, but for now you'll just have to be happy that you'll be in my daily rosary, have Masses said for you regularly, and know that God will give you even bit as much credit as He gives me for each soul reached—maybe more!

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.