Introduction to the course
When I was 19, I was still living in my home town, St. Louis, Missouri. My pastor sent me to a diocesan meeting to learn about a new program called “RCIA” that would soon be starting in all the parishes. I didn’t know anything about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults at that time. After that meeting, however, I was convinced that the full implementation of the catechumenate process would change the church. I’ve been learning about it and trying to implement it ever since that day.
At the time, I was working as a campus minister at a commuter college. I went on to study liturgy at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. While I was in Minnesota, I worked at a parish in Minneapolis, and I got first-hand experience with the RCIA in an active faith community. While I was working there, I attended my first institute with the North American Forum on the Catechumenate.
Several years later, I became a team member with the Forum, and I currently lead two or three institutes a year for them.
I left Minnesota in 1992 to begin a career in San José, California, in Catholic publishing. My first book was published in 1996, and I’ve written dozens of articles on liturgy, catechesis, and RCIA for leading publications in the United States. I’ve written two essential books for the RCIA process:
- The Way of Faith: A Field Guide for the RCIA Process
- The Heart of Faith: A Field Guide for Catechumens and Candidates
One of the best things I’ve done in all my years of work in initiation ministry is to start a website for parish teams who want to form Christians for life. You can see it at TeamRCIA.com.
This course is an outgrowth of TeamRCIA.com and The Way of Faith: A Field Guide for the RCIA Process. It is everything I know about how to form Christians for life. I hope you enjoy it.
Module 1: Introduction to the RCIA
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At TeamRCIA, we’ve been intensely focused creating a simple-yet-comprehensive training program specifically designed for parish RCIA team members like you.
Like you, we have been on a constant search for a training resource that prepares busy volunteers for effective RCIA ministry. Over the years, we’ve found lots of really helpful material, but we still haven’t found the one resource that would provide a comprehensive training for the important ministry of initiation.
So we created it!
This program includes everything an RCIA team member needs to succeed in forming Christians for life.
And, since we understand parish budgets are stretched thin in these difficult economic times, we are making this training available at a fraction of what you would pay for a less-comprehensive live training event that you would have to fly or drive to and sit in uncomfortable chairs for two or three days.
Based on Nick Wagner’s award-winning book, The Way of Faith: A Field-Guide to the RCIA Process, this go-at-your-own-pace training process gives you the confidence you need to lead seekers to a life-long relationship with Christ.
Here is our promise to you:
If you faithfully follow the guidelines we set out in this learning program, you will transform the way your parish does initiation.
That’s guaranteed or your money back. No questions. No strings. We truly want you to have the best RCIA process possible, and we’ll do everything we can to make that happen for you.
Finally, something affordable! You don’t even have to leave the house.
I’ll show you everything you need to know about the RCIA process.
This online RCIA Total Training Course is an absolute must if you want to:
- Master the four stages of the catechumenate process
- Lead seekers through the three steps to full initiation
- Plan a powerful Rite of Acceptance that will convert both seekers and parishioners to deeper faith
- Learn how to lead a comprehensive catechetical process
- Discover a Spirit-filled breaking open the word process that will transform hearts—including yours
- Identify the essential team member roles for an effective RCIA process
- Clarify the different requirements and expectations for baptized candidates and catechumens
- Figure out how to integrate children into your parish RCIA process
We will cover each of these topics in the nine modules of the course. You can sign up for each module separately or as a complete package.
What will all this cost?
The course is currently closed to new students
If you would like to be notified when the course reopens, be sure you are on our newsletter list. You can sign up at the top of this page: TeamRCIA.com
I promised you a low price, so here it is!
Originally, we decided to charge $39.99 per module for the course. Considering all the great content and support threaded throughout the course, we thought that was a fair price.
But we wanted to give you a great price. So we are going to give you a series of discounts, depending on what option you choose.
Early bird—$27.99 per module (30% off full price)
- If you sign up by midnight on Sunday, August 30, 2015, we’ll give you 30% off the full price.
Full course—$21.59 per module (46% off full price)
- If you sign up for all the modules at the time of purchase, we’ll give you 46% off the full price!
TeamRCIA All Access Members—$19.99 per module (50% off full price)
- If you sign up for an All Access membership with TeamRCIA, you can register for this course for a whopping 50% off the full price.
And regardless of which plan you choose, the first module is free!
What’s in the rest of the course?
The Period of Precatechumenate and Evangelization / The Period of the Catechumenate
- Becoming bearers of the good news
- The inquiry session
- If Jesus is the answer, what is the question?
- RCIA training level one: Evangelization
- Three extremely easy evangelization skills every RCIA team member can master
- Who should enter the period of the catechumenate?
- The four keys to learning and living a Catholic lifestyle (part 1)
- The four keys to learning and living a Catholic lifestyle (part 2)
The Period of Purification and Enlightenment / The Period of Mystagogy or Post-Baptismal Catechesis
- The single most important difference Lent makes in the lives of the elect
- A plan for lenten formation
- Preparing for the Rite of Election
- Preparing for the scrutinies
- Why Year A readings are such a big deal
- Five principles for mystagogical catechesis
- A step-by-step guide to mystagogy
- Eight ways to make mystagogy work in your parish
- Why are “catechesis” and “catechizing” important?
- The four pillars of catechesis
- The six tasks of catechesis
- What do the catechumens have to know?
- The five laws of RCIA catechesis
- Creating a plan
- What the research says about teaching adults in the RCIA
- Five reasons to stop talking to catechumens
Rite of Acceptance / Minor Rites / Rite of Sending
- What you need to know about liturgy
- When to schedule the Rite of Acceptance
- Planning the Rite of Acceptance
- How to rehearse the Rite of Acceptance
- Six signs of readiness for the Rite of Acceptance
- The six deadly sins committed during the Rite of Acceptance
- Why catechumens shouldn’t ask for faith
- The minor rites: A sacramental duty
- Presentation of the Creed and the Lord’s Prayer
- Planning the Rite of Sending
- How to rehearse the Rite of Sending
- Make the Book of the Elect worthy of the names it bears
- Help your assembly prepare for the Rite of Election Testify! — Tips for the Rite of Election
Scrutinies / Initiation
- Planning the scrutinies
- How to rehearse the scrutinies
- 3 do’s and 6 don’ts for powerful scrutinies
- RCIA vs. Hollywood—the true meaning of “exorcism”
- Holy Saturday preparation
- Celebration of Baptism
- Celebration of Confirmation
- Celebration of Eucharist
- Baptismal garments
- Best practices for the Easter Vigil
- A three-step Triduum evaluation
- The secret to a successful RCIA team
- Who do you need on your team?
- 20 ideas for finding sponsors
- How do you train sponsors for the RCIA?
- Five essential elements of an RCIA sponsor’s job description
- 17 best prayer practices for RCIA team members
- 3 ways to delegate when you have no RCIA team
- Tips for recruiting RCIA ministers (Miriam)
- A step-by-step training itinerary
- Start changing your RCIA process now—before it’s too late!
- Can your RCIA team recognize these 6 deadly barriers to conversion?
- 5 ways RCIA leaders can overcome “the way we’ve always done it”
- Make the shift from “RCIA team” to “coalition for change”
- Get an RCIA vision for your parish (angelic visitation optional)
- 6 essential rules for communicating a new RCIA vision
- Who the RCIA is for and not for
- Adapting the RCIA for children
- Six skills every children’s RCIA catechist must have (Rita)
- Four strategies guaranteed to get parents involved in their children’s RCIA process (Rita)
- Who sponsors child catechumens?
- The key to adapting the RCIA for children
- Why we need to stop RCIC
- Welcoming the baptized candidates
- Why your candidates might not belong in the RCIA
- Catholic candidates in the RCIA
- A powerful conversion process for baptized candidates in the RCIA
- What are the requirements in the RCIA for a Lutheran becoming Catholic?