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1 ONLINE MINISTRY FORMATION PROGRAM Course 1 Ministry: Call and Response This course will help participants explore the call to ministry, the gifts of the minister, and the need for a balanced life required for responding to the call and meeting the challenges of ministry. Honoring the call (1.1, 2.5) Gifts and challenges (2.1, 1.2) What does it mean to engage in ministerial formation? (1.7, 2.1) Fostering growth in Gospel values (1.3) Exploring Catholic spirituality (3.8) 1.1: Call of the Holy Spirit 1.2: Personal gifts and challenges 1.3: Commitment to the Gospel 1.7: Lifelong formation 2.1: Ministerial goals 2.5: Identify ministry in the universal church : Theology of Catholic spirituality Course 2 Reaching the Millennial Generation This course will explore theories of adolescent development (emotional, physical, spiritual, etc.), along with an overview of the current population. This information will be situated in the context of church documents on evangelization and youth ministry. Adolescent development, family, and culture Comprehensive youth ministry Evangelization and faith formation : Implements principles of pastoral care 4.2: Implements principles of evangelization 4.5: Integrates family perspective 4.7: Understands history, vision, goals, and principles of youth ministry 4.8: Utilizes theories, models, and processes of youth ministry 4.9: Understands adolescent development in context of youth culture : Components of youth ministry: catechesis, creating community, evangelization, justice and service, pastoral care, prayer and worship, and advocacy

2 Course 3 Theological Foundations: Revelation and Ministry This course will be a study of the basic elements of Christian revelation, including God s self-disclosure, the human response of faith, and the culmination of revelation in Jesus Christ, in the context of pastoral ministry with youth. Trinity, biblical interpretation, and worship, evangelization, justice, and theological reflection in light of Scripture and Tradition Human existence, nature, grace, sin, and redemption Christology, the paschal mystery, and discipleship : Theology of revelation : Theology of God, Trinity, Jesus Christ, and the human person 4.2: Implements principles of evangelization Course 4 Echoing our Faith with Young People This course will enable participants to explore the aims, principles, processes, and methods of adolescent catechesis and their utilization in the implementation of effective programs. Catechetical and youth ministry documents Theory of adolescent catechesis Effective adolescent catechetical programming 4.2: Implements principles of faith formation outlined in GDC & other church documents 4.6: Empowers others to articulate personal faith : Components of youth ministry: catechesis Course 5 Theological Reflection on Ministry This course will enable participants to reflect upon and identify the key aspects of their ministry, including naming the ways the minister currently lives out the call and identifying goals for future growth. Understanding theological reflection* Evaluating and naming personal and ministerial goals and vision Living the call through prayer and a support system 1.4: Current realities in light of the Gospel 1.5: Integrated spirituality 2.1: Ministerial goals 2.2: Support system

3 2.3: Personal vocation 2.4: Model leadership on Christ Course 6 Theological Foundations: Issues for Pastoral Ministry This course will be a study of the theology of pastoral ministry, the principals of the moral life, and the tenets of Catholic social teaching. The theology of pastoral ministry Principles of the moral life The tenets of Catholic social teaching : Theology of pastoral ministry : Morality and Catholic social teaching : Component of youth ministry: justice and service : Component of youth ministry: pastoral care Course 7 Theological Foundations: Sacraments, Liturgy, & Prayer This course will enable participants to explore the theology of prayer and worship, as well as practical models for their practice. Participants will plan and lead prayer and worship experiences for the community. Theology of liturgy and Theology of and experiences in prayer and worship Practical application and follow-up : Theology of liturgy and worship : Theology of sacrament : Components of youth ministry: prayer and worship Course 8 Theological Foundations: Ecclesiology and Ecumenism This course will enable participants to examine the structure of the church throughout history, highlighting the documents of the Second Vatican Council as they relate to ministry. The church s relationship with other Christian faith traditions will be examined, both historically and in present day practice. Participants will gain an understanding of how the theology of the church has evolved as they articulate their own understanding of ecclesiology. Church history, with an emphasis on Vatican II Ecclesiology Ecumenism

4 : Theology of church : Ecumenism 4.4: Fosters multicultural faith experiences Course 9 The Minister as Organizational Leader This course will enable participants to identify their own leadership styles in order to develop skills in leadership, planning, and administration. Leadership, planning, and communication skills Situational leadership and conflict resolution Administration, implementation, and evaluation 5.1: Utilizes leadership skills 5.2: Proficiency in organization and administration 5.3: Professional code of ethics 5.6: Spirit of discipleship Course 10 The Minister as Collaborative Leader This course will enable participants to reflect upon the value of collaboration in ministry in light of current models and theories of collaboration. Understanding and working with parish/diocesan systems Models of collaboration and teamwork Practical application in the local diocese 1.6: Relate respectfully with a diversity of persons 4.3: Appreciates diverse cultures in community 5.4: Work with parish and diocesan structures 5.5: Models collaboration Course 11 The Minister as Empowering Leader This course will focus on the process of developing leadership in youth and adults by focusing first on their giftedness, then preparing them for ministry in light of the call to discipleship. Participants will develop a management system for recruiting and supporting volunteers. Calling forth leaders Empowering others for ministry

5 Managing leadership systems 4.6: Empowers others to develop own faith : Components of youth ministry: leadership development 5.3: Professional code of ethics 5.6: Spirit of discipleship Course 12 Applied Reflections on Ministry This course will give participants the opportunity to synthesize their learning and growth through formation and the practice of ministry. (Portfolio development.) Goals and reflections on ministry Demonstration of ministerial skills Synthesizing ministry with youth

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