CASTING NETS:
Grow Your Faith by Sharing Your Faith

Chris Stewart and Tony Brandt
Casting Nets Ministries, Inc.

Catholics everywhere are looking for practical tips to proclaim the Gospel, and to invite friends and family to know, love, and serve Jesus Christ and His Church. Casting Nets offers an easy-to-understand guide to the universal call for a New Evangelization.

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What People Are Saying:

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    Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

    Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

    “Here is a practical guide to build confidence in sharing the Good News of our Catholic faith.  Casting Nets: Grow in Faith by Sharing the Faith helps us act on the Jesus’ instruction when exhorts, ‘What you received as a gift, you must give as a gift!’ (Mt. 10:8).”

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    Chris Stefanick

    Catholic Author & Speaker / RealLifeCatholic.com

    “If you have a desire to share your Catholic Faith with neighbors and with family, with friends and with co-workers, with people who have left the Church and those who have never heard the Gospel, then Casting Nets: Grow in Faith by Sharing the Faith is a must read. Tony and Chris have years of experience in spreading the Good News and through their humor, stories and passion they share with us how to effectively bring others to Jesus Christ and His Catholic Church.”

  • Jason Evert

    Catholic Author & Speaker / ChastityProject.com

    “Tony and Chris are a great team not only because of their knowledge of the Catholic faith, but especially because of their love for the Church and their zeal for souls. Their book is a powerful answer to the Holy Father's call for a new evangelization.”

So What’s The Book About?

About the Book

In their travels around the country, authors and radio-show-hosts Chris Stewart and Tony Brandt have realized something about spreading the faith: when Catholics engagingly convey their reasons for it, it fills them with captivating joy, so they can’t help but share it even more.
 
In "Casting Nets: Grow Your Faith by Sharing Your Faith", Stewart and Brandt reveal their proven and tested principles for evangelization, called “The Seven Pillars of Effective Evangelization,” modeled after the way of Christ. In their plan, compelling evangelization is: prayerful, invitational, hospitable, inspirational, sacramental, formational, and “missionful.”
 
In their travels around the country, authors and radio-show-hosts Chris Stewart and Tony Brandt have realized something about spreading the faith: when Catholics engagingly convey their reasons for it, it fills them with captivating joy, so they can’t help but share it even more.
 
Casting Nets was written for individuals and parishes searching for an effective program to advance catechesis in local communities in a simple, straightforward way. A chapter is devoted to each of the seven pillars, and includes “the principle” describing the pillar, followed by “the practice” on moving from concept to successful action.
 
Casting Nets’ helpful Conclusion lets the average Catholic envision how he or she can be a effective evangelizer for Christ – despite common fears such as ‘not knowing enough’, ‘getting embarrassed when talking about faith’, ‘not feeling holy enough’, ‘not being a good salesman’, ‘not having enough time’, ‘already working for or giving to the Church in another capacity’, or ‘being afraid or insecure.’ A particularly helpful exercise in one of the Appendices takes the reader through a common scenario of being put on the spot about why he or she is a Christian. It presents a step-by-step approach for engaging a doubting listener and presenting the example of one’s own life and experiences for helping him consider Christ – perhaps for the first time.
 

About The Authors

Chris Stewart and Tony Brandt are the founders of Casting Nets Ministries, Inc., a non profit evangelization apostolate dedicated to equipping Catholics to know, live, and share their faith with passion and purpose. They have been featured on EWTN’s Life on the Rock and Women of Grace and have traveled the country helping parishes and individuals answer the challenge of the New Evangelization.

Chris Stewart was raised in the Diocese of Wichita, which is one of the leaders in the Stewardship Way of Life. He earned a Masters of Theological Studies from Ave Maria University. He has been a youth minister, junior high religion teacher, college theology professor and for the last ten years taught theology at Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School. Chris and his wife, Maria, have seven beautiful children and live in Wichita, KS.

Tony Brandt is a native of Wahoo, NE where he was raised along with his eleven siblings, nine of which were adopted. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Theology, Philosophy and Youth Ministry at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. With Chris, Tony founded “The Knights of the Holy Queen – Wichita,” a young men’s group that has consecrated over 200 men to Jesus Christ through the Blessed Virgin Mary. Tony has spent time in youth and young adult ministry and for the last fifteen years taught theology at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School (10 years) and at Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School (5 years). Tony and his wife, Kelly, have six beautiful children and live in Wichita, KS.

 

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