General

Who is Ascension?

Our Blessed Lord said:

For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them —Matthew 18:20

20 years ago, we started a Faith Formation ministry built on these very words. Today, over 1,000,000 souls have gathered in small groups to learn more about their faith so they can be drawn closer to Christ and better share his message of love with anyone and everyone.

These blessed souls trusted in Christ’s promise. They gathered and prayed and learned and then told others that they did indeed feel the power of the Holy Spirit in their small groups.

There are now over 50 acclaimed programs for you to choose from. Everything from sacred Scripture to sacramental prep, from the basics of prayer to Church history, from teen chastity to the mass!

Take a look, and if you find one that stirs your heart, let us help you get started—whether as a small group leader or a participant—in a parish, private home, or online.

Ready to take the first step? How It Works

Why should I choose Ascension?

Because we’ve got something for you! Whether it’s books, podcasts, videos, Bible studies, or sacramental prep, we not only have what you’re looking for, but the best of it.

We’ve been doing this longer than anyone else (two decades and counting) and we’ve worked with over eight thousand parishes and one million Catholics so far...and we’d love to have you alongside us.

If you have any questions for us, or if you don’t immediately see what you’re looking for, please contact us:

1-800-376-0520 is our direct line Mon-Fri, 8am–6pm EST (no robots!)


Joining a Study Program

How do Ascension studies work?

Three steps:

  1. Engaging video presentations from experts on the topics
  2. Lively small-group discussions, guided by our leader materials
  3. Thought-provoking at-home preparation

Most importantly, don’t forget the promise from our Savior:

For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them —Matthew 18:20

The most important part of Ascension’s studies is that they are based around this promise, by our God who never lets us down or forgets a promise.

When you run an Ascension study and gather in Jesus’s name, you are also placing your trust in that promise. And He will not let you down.

How do I join a study by searching the map?

  1. Become a member. It's free! Create an account or login to your existing account.
  2. Click “Join a Study” from your dashboard and enter a city, state or zip code in the search field to find a study near you.
  3. Select the study you would like to join and click “Register.” Your registration includes your study materials and access to the study videos.

My parish is not running a study. Can I still participate in a study?

If your parish is not currently offering a study, you can search for studies in your area by visiting your Dashboard and selecting “Join a Study.” Search the map by city, state or zip code to see which studies are offered in your area. If you cannot find a study you are interested in joining, consider starting your own study. It’s fast, easy, and affordable. All it takes is two people to get started.

I received an email saying that I have been registered for a study, what do I do next?

Congratulations! The email should have a link to access the online study videos and materials. Click on that, and then you will be prompted to log in to your Ascension account. If you don’t have one yet, no problem; you can create one on the same page.

As always, we are here to help. Please call us if you need further assistance:

1-800-376-0520 is our direct line Mon-Fri, 8am–6pm EST (no robots!)

I received a redemption code and link from my study leader. How do I use it?

If you have a redemption code and link from your study leader, it means your registration (which includes the workbook) has already been purchased. Follow the link your leader gave you, and enter your code. (You will be directed to either create an account or login to your existing account in order to access your study. Don’t worry, the account is free!)

Please note: only use the code one time in association with a single email address. The code is like your unique ticket...it can only be used one time.

If there are any issues, we’re more than happy to help you! Give us a call:

1-800-376-0520 is our direct line Mon-Fri, 8am–6pm EST (no robots!)

Can I do a study by myself using Ascension’s digital study platform?

Currently, the online study platform is only available to groups. However, you can purchase the study materials you need (including the DVDs or CDs and a leader’s guide or workbook) and do a study independently.


Starting and Leading a Study

How can I start a study?

Starting a study is fast, easy, and affordable.

Create a free account (or login to your existing account).

Visit your dashboard. There, you can preview our study programs and select the one you would like to offer.

Enter your group’s name and select whether or not your group is associated with a parish.

Next, you will enter your group’s study information, (i.e. group name, meeting dates and times, meeting location, etc).

Finally, you can choose to purchase your group’s materials for them or invite people to register on their own through the “Manage My Study” feature on your Dashboard.

Note: You will need at least two people registered for your study in order for your group members to view the study videos online.

Once you have two people registered for your study, you’re all set! You can manage your study, view the videos for it, start a new study, and much more on your dashboard.

Can my parish have more than one study group?

Yes, your parish can have multiple study groups, but a leader can only be associated with a single group (each group is associated with a specific leader’s email address). For example, a parish can simultaneously have a men’s group, a Bible study group, and a youth group, each led by a different leader.

Does my study group have to be associated with a parish?

No, it does not. Your group can be a private group of family and friends, or it can be associated with an organization that is not a parish.

Can I preview Ascension’s studies?

Yes, you can preview an entire session of any of our study programs. To do this, create a free account, go to your Dashboard, and select “Preview Study Programs.”

Do I need to purchase the Starter Pack or study DVDs in order to run a study?

Nope! Signing up for a free account allows you to preview our study programs and start a new study without having to purchase a Starter Pack or DVDs. Once you have two or more people registered for your study, your group will be able to stream the study videos online for the duration of the study.

Can I purchase the registrations and study materials for my leaders and participants?

Yes. After starting your study, go to your dashboard. Click “Manage Your Study” and then click the “Purchase Study Materials” tab. After you purchase what you need, you will be sent a confirmation email that will explain the two ways that you can redeem your registrations (also explained below).

  1. If you have your participant’s emails, you can redeem their registrations for them. (In other words, you can unlock access to the study for them). In your dashboard, go to “Manage Your Study” and click on the “Manage Group” tab. Next, select “Redeem Registrations.” Here you can enter the email addresses for your group members, who will be sent an email with a link to login or create an account to access your study.
  2. If you do not have your participants’ emails, give them your study’s redemption code and link (which you will receive in the confirmation email you got when you bought the study materials). Your participants can follow the link, enter the code, then login or create an account to access the study. NOTE: Please direct your participants to only use the code one time in association with a single email address. You get 1 code use per participant.

If you have any questions, please call us! We’re more than happy to help you (it’s what we do).

1-800-376-0520 is our direct line Mon-Fri, 8am–6pm EST (no robots!)

How can participants and facilitators register for my study on their own?

There are two ways that you can have participants and facilitators register for your study and pay on their own, having the workbook sent directly to their home address.

  1. If you have their email addresses, on your dashboard go to “Manage Your Study” and click the “Invite People” tab. Select either “Invite Participants” or “Invite Facilitators.” Here you can enter their email address and they will be sent a link to register for your study.
  2. You can direct people to find your study and register at AscensionPress.com. Here are the steps they can follow:
    1. Visit AscensionPress.com and become a member. It's free! Create an account or login to your existing account.
    2. On the “Join a Study” tab in your dashboard you can search for the study on the map by city, state or zip code.
    3. Select the study you would like to join and click “Register.”

If you have any questions, please call us! We’re more than happy to help you (it’s what we do).

1-800-376-0520 is our direct line Mon-Fri, 8am–6pm EST (no robots!)

How do my participants and I gain access to the online study videos if we have already purchased our study materials?

If you have already purchased the necessary study materials, one of our customer service representatives would be happy to help you start your study. Please call us at 1-800-376-0520.

Do you offer additional resources to help me lead a study?

We do! We offer a variety of materials, like pulpit and bulletin announcements, assistance in faith formation planning and scheduling, live and video-based leader training, and more. Much of this is available on our website. We are here to support you every step of the way and to help your study succeed. Call us at 1-800-376-0520 Mon-Fri, 8am–6pm EST (no robots!)

How do I determine how many leaders and facilitators I will need for my study?

Ideally, there should be one leader/facilitator for each small group of approximately eight participants. Any more than eight, and it gets tough to have a true small group conversation. (If you choose to order workbooks for your participants, we also recommend ordering extra workbooks for possible last-minute registrations.)


Using Ascension's Digital Study Platform

What does it cost to use Ascension’s digital study platform?

Having an account is free! There are no contracts or fees of any kind. Once you start a study and get at least two people to register for it, you can stream your study videos at no extra cost. (A single registration is equal to the price of the written materials, plus shipping and handling).

How secure is AscensionPress.com?

Very! We take your security and privacy seriously. Any information we receive from you or about you is strictly private (for more information, see our privacy policy). The site identity bar on the left side of the address bar will show a green padlock, ensuring the site is secure. This means your connection has not been intercepted, and it is encrypted. We work with the best providers to keep your data safe, and we take precautions to maintain our promise to you. If you have any questions, just ask us!

I have started a study on AscensionPress.com. When will I and my participants be able to view the videos for our study?

You and your group members can view your study videos once at least two people have registered for your study. The videos will remain available for the duration of your study...and for an additional two weeks after the end date of your study!

Can I control when participants have access to session videos?

Yes. As the study leader, you can set specific study videos (per session) to be either viewable or unviewable to your group. This is helpful if you want to make sure participants do not skip ahead in your study. To do this, visit your Dashboard. Select “Manage” on the study you are running. Then, select “Manage Lessons.”

I see my study on the map. Can I make my study unavailable to the public so that only the people I invite can register for it?

Yes. Visit your Dashboard. Select the study you would like to manage. Select “Edit Study Information.” Then, select “Yes” under “Hide From Map.” This will remove your study from our study locator map and make it unavailable to the public. This is helpful if you are running a private study or if your study is full and you can no longer accept new registrations.

I have already started my study at AscensionPress.com. How can I add additional participants and facilitators to my study?

Yes! You can invite more participants or facilitators to register individually for your study at any time during the study. There are two ways you can do this:

  1. If you have their email addresses, on your dashboard go to “Manage Your Study” and click the “Invite People” tab. Select either “Invite Participants” or “Invite Facilitators.” Here you can enter their email address and they will be sent a link to register for your study.
  2. You can direct people to find your study and register at AscensionPress.com. Here’s how:
    1. Visit AscensionPress.com and become a member. It's free! Create an account or login to your existing account.
    2. On the “Join a Study” tab in your dashboard you can search for the study on the map by city, state or zip code.
    3. Select the study you would like to join and click “Register.”

What if I have participants who have previously done the study we are running and already have their study materials? Can they register without paying?

In order to access the online videos, participants need to purchase a new registration each time they do a study, even if they have already done the study in the past and still have the study materials they used previously.

I had a previous Evangelization.com account. Do I still have access to the studies that were in my digital library?

Yes. If you had purchased studies through your previous Evangelization.com account, those studies will still be available for you to view. To do so, visit your Dashboard, and select “My Previous Library.” There, you can view the videos for all of the studies you had previously purchased through Evangelization.com. However, keep in mind that with your new free Ascension account you no longer need to purchase a Starter Pack or DVDs in order to start a study and you are not limited to your previous Evangelization.com library!

Can I download the videos so I can view them without a Wi-Fi connection?

Not at this time. The study videos are only to stream online in our digital study platform. If you do not have access to Wi-Fi or for some other reason are unable to access the videos online, we recommend you purchase a DVD set.

Can I run a study internationally?

You can run a study internationally by purchasing the videos and study materials from us or one of our international distributors. Ascension’s digital study platform is only available in the United States. We are working to expand this service internationally.

What if I need technical support?

We are here to help your study succeed. Contact us at 1-800-376-0520, or email us at support@ascensionpress.com for any technical support you need regarding our studies!


Dated: April 16, 2018