On November 30 (The Feast of St. Andrew – Apostle), I will officially be launching and opening my new apostolate – St. Andrew Missionaries. The mission is to help the Church shift her pastoral approach with young people. St. Andrew Missionaries provides training, resources and thought leadership on family based youth ministry and small group discipleship.
Why St. Andrew?
Saint Andrew the Apostle was selected as the patron of this apostolate because he was the first of the apostles to respond to Jesus’s invitation of DISCIPLESHIP (John 1:35:42). St. Andrew is the brother of St. Peter. He brought Jesus to his brother and introduced Simon Peter to the Messiah. He brought Christ to his FAMILY. After Pentecost, St. Andrew became a MISSIONARY to Greece, where he was martyred by dying on a cross.
The life of St. Andrew mirrors the three values of our apostolate: to bring young people to Christ through DISCIPLESHIP, FAMILY and MISSIONARY LIFE.
St. Andrew Missionaries now has an official logo. The “X” is a common symbol used to depict St. Andrew. When he was martyred, he was crucified on an “X” shaped cross.
In the logo, the “X” also acts as a “bridge.” Discipleship is an age-old method of ministry, and the goal of the apostolate is to bridge this ancient method into the modern world of millennials. Discipleship requires intentional and individualized mentoring. Youth Ministry and families can be restored in our Church if we shift our methods back to the ancient method of Christ.
Exciting Ministry Updates
In January, I will be presenting youth ministry training in January for a mission diocese – the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Giardeau. The new bishop for this diocese is a big advocate of youth ministry and wishes to see the diocese move in the direction of intentional discipleship.
I have also received the support of the Archdiocese of Denver to move forward with youth ministry coaching for the underserved parishes of the Archdiocese. I am currently in contact with several pastors about moving forward with coaching.
The apostolate also has received initial inquiries from two additional dioceses regarding training and services. Needless to say, there is plenty of work to be done in the vineyard. I’m looking forward to sharing success stories as the apostolate pilots our new coaching packages for diocese and parishes.
In addition, I have begun exploring the initial stages for the development of a missionary formation program. This second phase of development will allow St. Andrew Missionaries to recruit and form missionaries to place into parishes for the purposes of growing family based ministry.
Send Me Your Prayer Requests
As most of you know, I am serving as a missionary as I begin this new ministry. As part of my, “rule of life,” I attend daily Mass and make a daily Holy Hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament. I have started to keep a list of prayer intentions that I take with me to the Chapel every day. If you have a prayer request, please do not hesitate to message me or email me with your intention. I promise I will take it to prayer every day.
St. Andrew Missionaries Website
The website for St. Andrew Missionaries will not be live until mid-December. In the meantime, all updates on the ministry can be found on my newly improved, personal site – everettfritz.com.
Just Short of Our Financial Goal (In Need of $5,000)
I cannot begin to tell you how thankful I am for the support and prayers of the benefactors of St. Andrew Missionaries.
I spent 120 days (June – September) raising up mission support donors. Unfortunately, I came up $5,000 short of my goal.
If you are interested in making an end-of-the-year, tax deductible donation to a 501c(3) organization, I would greatly appreciate the continued support. I desire nothing more than to serve and build up God’s Kingdom. I need this mission to be fully funded in order to achieve that goal. If you are interested in making a donation, see the link below.