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 Discipleship & Formation

“At the beginning of Christianity, formation, which was lived in experiential form,

revolved around the vital encounter with Christ.

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As the first disciples who were formed by Christ, we too need to receive a formation throughout our Christian lives to go out into the world to spread the Good News. All Christians are called to a lifelong journey of spiritual, intellectual, pastoral and human formation. Whatever state of life whether bishop, priest, deacon, consecrated religious life or the lay faithful; all the baptised require formation to respond to the universal call to holiness. Formation being an ongoing process is guided by the Holy Spirit who enables each person to discover their baptismal identity, and empowers them to live it out!

All the faithful have a mission to communicate the Truth and beauty of God’s love to the world. Therefore, the faithful need to be led deeply into the kerygma through all Christian Formation and Catechesis.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you to do.”
- Matthew 28:19-20

“I want an intelligent and well-instructed laity... I wish you to enlarge your knowledge, to cultivate your reason, to get an insight into the relation of truth, to learn to view things as they are, to understand how faith and reason stand to each other, what are the bases and principles of Catholicism.”
- St. John Henry Newman 

Paul Northam is the Diocesan Advisor for Evangelisation & Discipleship. He works to assist the Church in the task of announcing the Good News of Jesus Christ and supporting disciples in mission, and in the family, in parishes across the Archdiocese of Birmingham.


Paul can help parishes to develop vision and to create effective strategies for evangelisation, marriage and family life, supporting the formation of God’s Holy people, “mobilising all in the diocese to become true missionary disciples.” (Diocesan Mission Statement)

Advice is available to help you:

  • Develop and communicate a vision for discipleship,

  • Identify the charisms/gifts that exist in your parish,

  • Reach out to those who are lapsed, unchurched or weary of living the Catholic Faith,

  • Develop evangelisation groups and teams,

  • Transform parish ministries into missionary tools,

  • Find resources for evangelisation,

  • Pray for evangelisation.

T: 0121 321 5148


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