That each of us may be more fully equipped with the power of God's grace to be an effective servant in the body of Christ.
The Via de Cristo is a method for spiritual renewal, proclaiming the truth and grace of Jesus Christ. This is effected through the power and work of the Holy Spirit. "We believe that we cannot by our own understanding or effort believe in Jesus Christ our Lord. or come to him. But the Holy Spirit has called us through the Gospel, enlightened us with his gifts, and sanctified and kept us in true faith" (Luther's Explanation of the Third Article of the Apostles' Creed).
As an instrument of renewal, Via de Cristo is one of several methods available to the church today to help renew the faith that is already a gift to believers. Via de Cristo weekends are intended primarily for baptized individuals who already know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and seek to be renewed and strengthened in their relationship with Christ and the people around them. Via de Cristo provides a particular method for living out our renewed faith, for spreading the Good News, and for being active servants in the work of God's kingdom.
Lay persons are encouraged to strengthen their partnerships with their pastors, to be "extensions," building up the body of Christ. The focus of Via de Cristo, therefore, is on the local church -- your church and my church -- to supplement what we learn in our own congregation equipping us to help strengthen and renew the faith of other Christians and, through them, their families, congregations, and the environments in which they live, work, and play. Through the use of this method we are encouraged to persevere and grow in our faith, to become an effective channel of God's love to others, and to strengthen a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
All activity during the Via de Cristo weekend, including the talks and meditations, is under girded with prayer and total dependence on God.