Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
My parish wants to begin using the ChristLife series. How do I get started?
The first step is to attend a training conference, view our training DVD, or connect with a ChristLife parish in your area. Visit our Get Started section for more information.
What is the age range for the ChristLife series?
The ChristLife series program was written to reach adults, 18 years and older.
What is the recommended schedule for running the ChristLife series?
Ideally the series should be run close together. Our recommendation is to have one or two months between each course. We find most parishes follow the school year schedule, taking the summer off. A sample schedule is: Discovering Christ runs October through November; Following Christ runs January through February; Sharing Christ runs April through May. When planning your courses, it’s important to work with your parish office to ensure space is available and that your courses do not conflict with existing parish activities.
How involved should the pastor be in the ChristLife series?
The most important thing is for the pastor enthusiastically support the course and encourage parishioners to attend. You can watch a video of Fr. Erik Arnold address this question in more detail.
My parish ran the ChristLife series. What should we do next?
Do it again! Ideally parishes make the ChristLife series the core curriculum for evangelization and discipleship. This means the the parish staff plan the parish schedule to include the series annually. Allow “graduates” of the ChristLife series to become team members and evangelizers by starting over again with Discovering Christ. Also, look for programs that will provide continued discipleship formation. Visit our What’s Next section for a few suggestions.
Our worship leader wants to use the music ChristLife recommends during our Discovering Christ course. It will be projected on a screen. Are the churches who use your recommended music covered under ChristLife’s license?
ChristLife has a license through both CCLI and LicenSing Online. The former covers most of the contemporary praise and worship music we recommend. The latter covers OCP and many other traditional and contemporary hymns found in most Catholic hymnals. We use PowerPoint to project the lyrics on a screen and include the correct copyright information and our CCLI or LicenSing license # beneath the lyrics.
However, ChristLife’s license does not extend to the churches that use the music we recommend. Churches need to purchase their own license.
You can visit ccli.com to learn more about music licensing. Many people use CCLI to obtain licenses for their main church services and pay based on their overall church attendance. However, obtaining a license for the ChristLife series (Discovering, Following, and Sharing Christ) is much different. If you have, for example, 75 on average who attend the course, you would pay the annual fee based on that attendance (not your overall church attendance). For 25-99 attendees, that would come out to $116/year or $9.66/month.