MOVING young people down from “mountain-top faith experiences” has prompted the release of a free online Catholic formation program, Ignite Grow.
Grow is an interactive multimedia discipleship and leadership program developed by Brisbane youth ministry, Ignite Youth.
The first series in the program, titled Follow, covers “what it means to know and follow Jesus”, explaining fundamental Catholic teachings.
Ignite Youth young adult co-ordinator and resource developer Natasha Mierendorf said Ignite Follow would be a “gateway” to forming “missionary disciples”.
“This was borne out of the desire to offer to anyone who wants access to a free course where people may have an encounter with the person of Jesus Christ,” Mrs Meirendorf said.
“The program finishes with the challenge to be disciples of Jesus.”
Mrs Mierendorf said the program could be used by individuals or youth groups and modified for personal use, group faith studies, weekend retreats or in schools.
All series in Ignite Grow include an instruction guide for youth ministry leaders.
Ignite Youth director Pat Keady said the program would be particularly relevant for young people who wanted to form concrete foundations for their faith.
Mr Keady hoped Catholics who used the program “would be transformed” by this new online resource.
“We hope people have a deeper understanding of the person they’ve experienced, that they see the person of Jesus in the heart of the Church and the sacraments,” he said.
Ignite Grow registrations can be made at grow.igniteyouth.com.