In March 1990, the Committee on Evangelization of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) presented plans to develop a national plan and strategy for evangelization to the NCCB Administrative Committee. After conducting a broad consultation with dioceses, state Catholic conferences, religious communities, and national organizations, the Committee on Evangelization submitted a final draft to the plenary assembly of the NCCB. Go and Make Disciples: A National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the United States was approved on November 18, 1992, and was authorized for publication by the General Secretary. In commemoration of the tenth anniversary of this publication in November 2002, the undersigned authorized the publication of this edition.
Msgr. William P. Fay
In 2001 the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and United States Catholic Conference became the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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Foreward to the Tenth Anniversary Edition
Part I: A Vision of Catholic Evangelization
What Is Evangelization? (¶10-27)
Why We Evangelize ( ¶28-33)
How Evangelization Happens (¶34-44)
Our Goals (¶45-60)
Why We Are Issuing the Plan Now (¶61-64)
Led in the Spirit (¶65-69)
Part II: Goals and Strategies (¶70-74)
How to Use This Plan and Strategy (¶75-79)
The Context of the Goals (¶80-88)
Presentation of the Goals (¶89-127)
Goal II and Its Objectives (¶104-116)
Goal III and Its Objectives (¶117-127)
An Invitation (¶128-132)
Structures for Implementation (¶133-136)
A Concluding Prayer (¶137-141)