Leadership Training: Be Christ’s Hands and Feet on Earth
As with any organization, involving the right people is critical. In an educational setting, every ministry must have support to proceed with confidence and effectiveness. The ministry needs a faithful, perceptive director or chairperson to help things run smoothly. A typical school ministry may include religion teachers only or a variety of teachers from all levels.
As the ministry grows, it will add new members with different strengths, interests, and personalities. Each ministry will need to adapt to its setting, but the essential personnel roles are similar.
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Promoting vocations in an educational setting can seem daunting. What exactly should happen? Does the parish have a vocation ministry in place already? Who will help? What activities can the school afford? Will the principal be supportive? Am I the right leader? Will our work make a difference? These and many other questions will arise. But if you feel called by
God to promote vocations—if God has indeed placed this mission on your heart—then trust the Holy Spirit and take a step forward.
Whether starting a new vocation ministry at your college campus, diocesan chancery, or choosing a few activities for your classroom or homeschool, be open to God’s will for whatever is done. Trust in God is the key to success. Trust that God will transform the environment but has called you to be His hands and feet.
When we go through a struggle, especially in his Holy Name, we grow. We are given an opportunity for God to open wider doors for his Kingdom’s glory. Knowing this helps us to press on during difficult times. There is a purpose in each struggle. His purpose. The success of a vocation ministry should be measured over years, not months, so leaders and participants are encouraged not to become frustrated with early roadblocks or with what feels like slow progress.
The mission of creating a more vocation-minded educational environment will not be accomplished overnight, but the ministry is reaching its goal with every Prayer Drive held, Field Day Booth hosted, or Convent/Seminary Field Trip taken.
When the ministry faces adversity or resistance, it is easy to become discouraged. However, if the school and educators keep a positive attitude and continue with meaningful, uplifting activities, eventually they will win over even the most skeptical of critics. Perseverance and prayer will be the ministry’s most valuable virtues throughout this vocation adventure.
Are you ready to build a culture of vocations in your school or classroom?