Prep students learn Christian Leadership skills
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On August 9 and 10 the Campus Ministry Office sponsored a Christian Leadership Retreat and Workshop. 38 students participated and contributed to this experience. The focus of this experience is to afford the students the opportunity to name for themselves what leadership means to them and how they may apply their leadership skills in everyday life. The students spent significant amounts of time during this experience in dialogue with their peers. There is also opportunity to reflect on their individual leadership style. Skill development includes giving a witness talk, facilitating small groups, and planning effective meetings. Students were introduced to the idea of Christian Leadership with Jesus’ own life as the example. Jesus’ leadership is service-oriented and the idea here is to think of how we can put others’ needs before our own.
Our goal with this retreat was to get the students to think of leadership as a way of life. It is not only about being a retreat leader, a sports team captain, a club president or student government member. It is also about being a leader in the classroom, hallways, cafeteria, and home. Leadership does not have an on/off switch which we flip when it suits us but it is a part of our identity and what makes us different from other schools. Throughout the year Campus Ministry’s Student Board (leadership group) meets Mondays after school and during this upcoming year we will be discussing the highs and challenges of our Christian leadership; all students are welcome at these meetings. Our students need to know the adults of the community are there to support them daily in their leadership and not just when we need something out of them.
A big thank you to the adults who assisted and contributed their time and talent: Anna and Charlie DiCenso, Keith Hellstern, Paul Holland, SJ, Linda Kaye, Jenn Mauritz, Rudy Mauritz, Jane O’Reilly, and Matt Sather. For more information about leadership opportunities at Prep including the Campus Ministry Student Board contact Elliott Gualtiere.