I’m sure you’re familiar with Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (if not, I highly recommend it!). Well, tonight I’m speaking to catechists at a neighboring parish and I’ve decided to focus on seven habits of highly effective catechists. I firmly believe that the most effective catechists excel in the following areas:
- Ongoing formation – they never stop learning about and growing in their faith.
- Planning and Preparation – they prepare their lessons thoroughly and prayerfully.
- Creating a Learning Environment – they create a learning space that is conducive to faith formation.
- Using Engaging Activities – they know how to make their learners active, not passive.
- Maintaining Discipline – they know how to keep order.
- Leading Prayer – they not only include prayer in their lessons but create a climate of prayer that pervades their lessons.
- Positive Presence – they utilize skills that command attention and encourage participation.
I look forward to having a good discussion about each of these habits as we share ideas about how to be more effective in our ministry. Which habit is your strength? Which would you like to improve?