Criteria for Christian Ministry Sites
You have several options in selecting your ministry site. You may find an agency on your own or continue to serve an agency if it meets the following criteria:
SERVICE TO OR WITH PEOPLE
We ask that the majority of your service involve working directly with people, serving as Christ did. While there may be a few occasions where you will indirectly help others through other means (office work, cleaning), we require that MOST hours come from direct service to others. Service must be completed at a non-profit agency such as those listed at the end of this publication. For any other agency or organization type to be validly accepted, it must be approved by the Director of Christian Ministry.
Christian ministry is a contribution of your time and talents in a volunteer capacity. This is work that is not for payment, outside of the ministry we already freely give to family, friends and neighbors. Whereas it is a requirement of NCHS for a student to have the prescribed number of hours in order to graduate, the agency the student chooses, the hours worked, etc. is of the student’s choosing.
A non-family adult must be available at your ministry site to supervise, validate your service, and evaluate your ministry. The supervisor should also be available to provide training, support and assistance. Due to liabilities, all ministry work MUST be with an adult supervisor. Name, phone number AND email address for the supervisor will be required in order to verify hours.
We encourage service to Nolan Catholic High School. Helping clean the ball fields after school, tutoring after school, Ambassador functions in the evening, etc., are all excellent ways to earn hours while helping out your Alma Mater. However, hours worked during the school hours or as a requirement for a course CANNOT be counted. This would include such things as marching band practice after school, Ambassador Shadow work during school, assisting with a day retreat during school, etc. Students may not opt to attend a service project in place of school. Hours done in this capacity will not be counted towards their graduation requirement.
Service to our Athletic department as trainers, filmers and managers also qualifies for hours. However, as these Athletic Dept. opportunities also qualify for P.E. credit, students MUST declare before starting the ministry whether it will be for P.E. credit or for CM hours. They may not claim the same work for both. N.B. Some items, such as retreats and sports managers, will have some hours associated with them that are valid to claim and some that are not, as they sometimes involve both school time and outside time. When in question about such events and the time valid to claim, please contact the Director of Christian Ministry for clarification.