Earlier this summer, we explored microshifts we can make as catechists to improve our ministry, inspired by Gary Jansen’s MicroShifts: Transforming Your Life One Step at a Time. Now two of our readers share the small changes they plan for the new year of faith formation.
One small change I am always trying to integrate into my ministry as a catechist is to be more prepared with a slew of effective, impactful, and meaningful icebreakers—which most teens love and which really do break the ice, making sharing God’s great love with them all the easier. I really could work on creative prayer ideas too—much like the Church, we as catechists too are always in need of growth!
In helping children and youth to meet God and not just learn about him, I intend to give them two minutes of silent prayer at the beginning of each session, beginning with this or a similar invitation: “Listen as God speaks in your mind, heart, and soul. He says, ‘You are my beloved child; in you I am well-pleased.’ Now let these words of God sink in. Speak to God, and listen as he continues to talk with you.”
—Christina Durback, Director of Religious Education, Assumption Parish, Bethlehem, PA
What microshifts are you committed to making in your ministry? Share in the comments.