TH 24 - Ministry and the Importance of Self-Care
Encouraged by Pope Francis’ invitation “to be bold and creative in this task of rethinking the goals, structures, styles and methods of evangelization”, faith communities are embracing new, innovative ministry programs while revising current programming (Evangelii Gaudium, 33). This renewal of missionary vigor often leads to increased workloads, and self-care is usually the first personal item sacrificed. This Continuing Education Unit therefore begins with understanding the role of Lay Ecclesial Ministry and its challenges before delving into an exploration of the essential need for self-care. The main goal will be to develop proactive strategies to prevent burnout in a Personal Self-Care Plan.
6 Lessons - Pass/Fail
Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:
1. Trace the history and role of Lay Ecclesial Ministers within Magisterial documents and United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ materials.
2. Reflect on personal formation as a Lay Ecclesial Minister.
3. Identify and evaluate cultural challenges faced within ministry work.
4. Investigate different modes of a ministry of presence.
5. Explore strategies for spiritual and emotional self-care to support healthy, sustainable ministry.
6. Learn skills for building personal resilience and preventing ministry burnout.
7. Collaborate with peers in online discussion boards.
8. Research and design a personal plan for self-care.
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