The church in the age of innocent iii y the mendicant orders. preachers called people for sorrowful and imitation of poverty as. religious order was devoted to imitate christ and live a life similar to christ: dominicans. dominic requested to be a missionary to asia from innocent iii. Innocent sent dominic to southern france to fight against heretics y y dominic organized close associates and lived side-by-side of. French heretics: viewed heresy as an educational problem convinced that heresy arose because individuals didn t receive proper information, wanted to teach people. order recognized by innocent in 1216 after dominic had attended fourth. Lateran council the year before y focused on teaching and preaching y emphasis on teaching members. members required to know the bible, textbook on theology, popular bible (simple terms) y. Suppose to arm them with materials needed to educate public and explain church doctrines: franciscans.