Start with Jesus

How Everyday Disciples Will Renew the Church

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ISBN: 978-0-8294-4884-9
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Take a moment and ask yourself: does every activity in my parish point more deeply to Jesus?

Julianne Stanz wants to help you and your parish community make sure the answer to this question is a resounding, "Yes!" Serving parishes in her diocese as the Director of New Evangelization, Stanz has recognized a practical and motivational way to restructure a parish's mission – start with Jesus.

Start with Jesus is a book about people, process, and culture, rather than an emphasis on quick fixes or unsustainable efforts. She aims to help regular people be transformed from the inside out by growing in relationship with Jesus Christ through individual and group experiences, thus transforming our parish communities.

Start with Jesus will be an essential resource for decision-makers and thought-leaders in parishes, but its true strength lies in its value for the countless Catholics longing for peace, healing, and hope in the context of our parish communities. It will be an inspiration to Catholics who come to Mass each week, parents trying to instill the faith in their children, leaders searching for an effective and sustainable approach to parish renewal, and to all who are curious about developing a relationship with Jesus.


Start with Jesus is a process. Julianne’s insights into faith community are enlightening and the processes that she uses to guide faith communities are simple yet make a profound impact.” (Pam Spano, Catholic Mom)

Author Bio

Julianne Stanz

Julianne Stanz is a nationally known speaker, retreat leader, storyteller, and the Director of New Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay and a consultant to the USCCB Committee on Catechesis and Evangelization.

Julianne regularly contributes to Catechist's Journey.

2020 International Book Awards, Winner: Religion: Christianity  

2020 Catholic Press Association Book Awards, Third Place: Future Church2020 Association of Catholic Publishers’ “Excellence in Publishing Book Awards,” Third Place: Resources in Ministry 

2020 Independent Press Awards, Distinguished Favorite: Christian2020 Illumination Book Awards, Silver: Ministry/Mission 

2019 Best Book Awards, Finalist: Religion: Christianity 

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06/05/2020 3:47 pm

Must-Read for Making Missional Disciples!

by Gideon

Start with Jesus by Julianne Stanz is an inspiring book that's not only a blueprint for supercharging your personal faith walk but will naturally lead to renewing your faith community.

02/01/2021 10:56 am

Giving our Parish a Kick-start

by Deacon Todd Raether

This book is brilliant. We are going to use this book and it's accompanying material to help lead our parish out of the Covid-19 lock down.