FAQ

What is Walking with Purpose?

Walking with Purpose is a women’s Catholic Bible Study. We offer a parish program that combines at‑home study with a weekly meeting at the parish to participate in a small group discussion, read Scripture, and watch videos at monthly Connect Coffee days. Here is an overview of the Walking with Purpose parish‑based program: WWP parish presentation.

Mentors, called Regional Area Coordinators, serve and support WWP coordinators in parish programs through one‑on‑one phone calls, monthly team calls, and prayer support. Our online leadership development platform provides training and helpful tools to assist program coordinators in leading other women closer to Christ.

Recognizing that not all women can lead a WWP study in the parish setting, Walking with Purpose also offers an independent small group option. This allows women the opportunity to order and use our study guide materials in a school, with a mom’s group, etc. We offer access to our online leadership training and tools for both our parish programs and independent study groups.

If you would like to get a taste of a WWP Bible study, we recommend the Opening Your Heart Sample Booklet.

This booklet gives you a chance to explore two lessons from our foundational study Opening Your Heart.

Do the lessons on your own or gather some girlfriends for some deeper sharing and connection.

For more information, click here.

How can I start my own Walking with Purpose parish program?

If you are interested in starting a new Walking with Purpose program at your parish, please contact our expansion team by filling out the form here.

Please browse our website for further information about our program and all the studies offered at Walking with Purpose.

How can I find out about an existing Walking with Purpose parish program?

For questions and information about local Walking with Purpose parish programs in your area, please select Participate and then click Find a Group at the bottom of the page. You will find complete contact information for each local parish program on that program’s webpage.

How do I enroll in a Walking with Purpose parish program?

The first step is to find a Parish Program near you. Click on Participate and then on Find a Group at the bottom of the page to find a parish program near you. You will find contact, Bible study and registration information on each parish program webpage.

How much does Walking with Purpose parish program cost?

Walking with Purpose parish-based programs individually set the price of their registration fees. Please contact a parish program to see which studies are offered and the current year’s registration cost. Usually the program registration fee works out to just a few dollars per session and includes materials and refreshments; many daytime programs also offer childcare.

In what order should I go through the WWP studies?

We recommend everyone begin with Opening Your Heart, our foundational course study, regardless of past Bible study experience. Designed for women new to WWP as well as those experienced in Bible study, it enables all women to dive into the fundamental questions of our Catholic faith and our relationship with Jesus. This course study provides an ideal starting point for Bible study. From there, WWP offers more advanced studies to choose from, varying in length. See our BIBLE STUDY page for more detail.

I’m new to WWP, so which study should I take?

Walking with Purpose recommends that all new participants start with our foundational Bible study, Opening Your Heart: The Starting Point.

This Bible study offers enriching and wide-reaching lessons that meet all women where they are in their journey to know Christ, regardless of previous experience.

If you aren’t sure you are ready to jump into a full-length Bible study, we recommend the Opening Your Heart Sample Booklet. This booklet gives you a chance to explore two lessons from our Opening Your Heart full study.  Do the lessons on your own or gather some girlfriends for some deeper sharing and connection. For more information, click here.

I’m very interested in WWP, but don’t know if I’m ready for a full‑length Bible study. What are my options?

If you aren’t sure you are ready to jump into a full-length Bible study, we recommend the Opening Your Heart Sample Booklet. This booklet gives you a chance to explore two lessons from our Opening Your Heart full study. Do the lessons on your own or gather some girlfriends for some deeper sharing and connection. For more information, click here.

When you are ready for more, Walking with Purpose recommends that all new participants start with our foundational Bible study, Opening Your Heart: The Starting Point.

This Bible study offers enriching and wide-reaching lessons that meet all women where they are in their journey to know Christ, regardless of previous experience.

Can I buy study materials from Walking with Purpose directly?

Yes – materials can be purchased from Walking with Purpose directly through the WWP online store. If you are registered for a parish program, your program coordinator will let you know whether you should order your study guide directly or whether it will be provided to you at your program.

Women who are interested in independent study using Walking with Purpose materials can order directly from our online store.

Sample lessons from the course study guides and Connect Coffee talks are available to the public and can be found within each individual study page. Click here to view our studies.

What materials will I need to participate in a Walking with Purpose parish program?

After you register for a Walking with Purpose parish-based program, your coordinator will direct you how to order your study guide directly from the WWP online store. The study guide and a Bible are all that you need.

What is a Connect Coffee?

In addition to home study and small group discussion about the weekly lesson, Walking with Purpose parish-based programs offer a monthly experience called a “Connect Coffee.” A Connect Coffee is a welcome day offering an opportunity to relax and watch an inspirational video that relates to the Bible study material, and is full of practical applications that make a difference in our day-to-day lives. Connect Coffee days are the perfect opportunity to invite a friend to get a taste of a Walking with Purpose parish program. Discussion following the talk requires no previous experience and draws from insights gained that very day.

For some studies, such as Opening Your Heart, there is no lesson discussion on a Connect Coffee day, so there is time to connect with the other women in the program, offering the chance to build satisfying relationships with one another as we grow closer to Christ.

Can I try a parish program session first before I register?

The doors of Walking with Purpose parish-based programs are always open. You may participate in a parish program meeting and sit in with an existing group anytime. You are also welcome to join your local Walking with Purpose parish program when they offer a Connect Coffee during which a video about a spiritual topic will be played for the women and their guests. You are always welcome to come and visit! Find a program here.

I haven’t practiced my faith or attended Mass in quite a while.

No one will be questioning you at parish program meetings. Your privacy will always be respected. Start participating in a parish program today and take it one week at a time.

Once a week is a big commitment if I join a parish program. Do I need to come every week?

Most women have very little “white space” in their calendars. God speaks in the silence of prayer and meditation. View each weekly parish program meeting as a gift to yourself – a gift of time…time to regroup and grow and be with women who enjoy starting each meeting with fellowship and small group study. Consistency is important, however. All of us miss a week here and there due to family and personal commitments. Most women involved in Walking with Purpose parish programs will tell you that their group time is their favorite time of the week.

Do you have to share within the group in a parish program? I won’t know the women.

One of the things most women mention first when describing Walking with Purpose parish-based programs are the new friends and relationships they form as they share Scripture. The small group creates an atmosphere of trust, solidarity and inspiration. No one is forced to share, but as your comfort level increases week by week, you may be happy and excited to share your thoughts with other participants in a parish program.

I am worried I will not know enough about the Bible.

Walking with Purpose is a Catholic Bible Study that meets each woman exactly where she is. Participants in our parish programs do some at-home study with the WWP study guide materials, read Scripture, watch videos at a monthly Connect Coffee day and participate in small group discussions. No one is a Bible scholar and no one is judged or expected to memorize, recite or be tested. It is a journey of faith and fellowship.