The Church will have to initiate everyone—priests, religious and laity—into this ‘art of accompaniment’ which teaches us to remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other (cf. Ex 3:5). (Evangelii Gaudium, 169)
The Church has many names for what Pope Francis called “accompaniment” – apprenticeship, mentoring, sponsorship. Regardless of the vocabulary that we use, accompaniment is at the heart of evangelization.
“The parish must provide formed disciples who can accompany those who are returning to the Church and guide them throughout their journey. Apprenticeship ‘links an experienced Christian believer, or mentor, with one who seeks a deeper relationship with Christ and the Church.” (National Directory of Catechesis)
One on One Accompaniment is the most universal way to evangelize, even beyond small groups. If you can be best friends with Jesus. If you can make a friend. If you can introduce that friend to Jesus – then you can evangelize!