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The Purpose Of Cursillo

The purpose of the Methodist Cursillo Movement in Mississippi is to be one of the instruments to renew the world by the fullness of Christ’s ministry through the laity, deacons, ministers and bishops. It is our aim as well as the aim of the national movement to bring Christians to a fuller personal knowledge of their relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ and to a deeper level of apostleship and commitment. Cursillo provides a method which develops Christian leaders and a Christian community. That method uses meetings, groups of Christians who share that common life in Christ, their efforts to bring others to Him and to make the world more Christ like. Cursillo asks exactly what Baptism and Confirmation ask of us and provides a method to live that commitment within the Church. The Methodist Cursillo of Mississippi accepts as its norm the content and method of the movement as contained in the publication: The Fundamental Ideas of the Cursillo Movement.

The Gospel of St. Luke relates the story of the risen Christ appearing to two who were going along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. This was a heart-warming experience as Jesus walked and talked with them. The illuminating climax came when Jesus took the bread and said the blessing, then broke it and gave it to them. The two had their eyes opened and recognized him as the risen Christ and rushed back to Jerusalem to tell the others. (Luke 24:13-35)

This story provides the image for Cursillo, a program that calls forth and renews Christian discipleship. Cursillo is a three day experience which looks at Christianity as a lifestyle from a New Testament perspective. It is a highly structured weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christian people, and through them, their families, congregations, the world in which they live. Cursillo is a combined effort of laity and clergy toward the renewal of the church. During Cursillo, one will live and study together in singing, prayer, worship, and discussion. One will experience God’s grace personally through the prayers and acts of service of a living support community.

Who should go? Cursillo is for the development of Christian leaders who wish to strengthen their spiritual lives, may have unanswered questions about prayer, study, and sharing their faith, and understand that being a Christian involves responsibility.