COMPONENTS OF CHRISTIAN MINISTRY
All of us are called to serve. This call was given to us by Jesus Christ Himself and is reiterated again and again in Scripture and numerous Church documents. Pope Francis regularly reminds us that none of us can think we are exempt from concern for the poor and for social justice. One way in which we answer this call is through the Christian Ministry program. In this way, we share our time and talents with the Church and community.
Called in Baptism and gifted by the Holy Spirit.
The life of a Christian is one of loving service to those in need. The Christian Ministry Program of Nolan Catholic High School is an opportunity to explore the many ministry opportunities of the Church and the wider community outside one’s normal circle of friends, family, and neighborhood.
† The Spirituality of Service
Christian Ministry is the freely offered gift of one’s time, talents and personality. We can be Christ for others in many ways. While some of the agencies where we carry out our ministry are not “Church-related”, we consider the student’s contribution to be “Christian ministry” in that our faith is the motivation, prayer is the source of our strength, and to serve as Jesus did is our goal.
† Choosing A Ministry
Students have particular interests as well as gifts and talents. In order to be a minister according to the call God is giving, a person should examine his/her own gifts and interests. Listen to the Holy Spirit. It is often better to find something that will be difficult or challenging, but that is interesting. Students get more out of these experiences. The easy ministries aren’t necessarily the most fun or rewarding. When one stretches beyond one’s “comfort zone”, the rewards are more often greater.
† Action-Reflection Process
As the student logs in the time served, the opportunity for reflection is part of the logging process. It gives the student a chance to reflect on what was really accomplished, not only in the physical realm, but also in the spiritual, psychological, emotional, etc. realms that most surely accompany the ministry. It is in this setting, that much of the learning takes place. In addition, the senior level Christian Vocations/Ministry course offers another opportunity to synthesize one’s ministry experiences.
† An Opportunity to Learn
Christian Ministry is an opportunity to learn and grow in ways that are impossible in a classroom. Through Christian ministry, students may discover their personal gifts, values, limitations, and perhaps, dreams for the future. They will learn about people and have their eyes opened to the problems and challenges in our community.
† Making a Commitment
It is the investment of oneself that makes for rewarding ministry. While there are many short term ministry opportunities, it is recommended that the student make a long term commitment (a semester, a summer, a year) to one ministry, especially in the junior year. This will give a student the opportunity to develop relationships, become experienced in his/her field, and perhaps witness changes or growth in those being helped. The agency also benefits because they can count on the student’s dedicated service. In selecting an agency, one should be sure it meets the criteria outlined below. If there is ANY question, please see the Director of Christian Ministry.
† Recording Your Ministry
NCHS is using an online service record website, x2VOL.com. Each student must have an x2VOL.com account within one month of coming to NCHS. Failure to have an account means that student is not participating in the graduation requirement. Because of this, the student will be put on CM probation until the account is created, upon which time the probation will be lifted. Incoming freshmen must register on the system.