The USCCB’s Pastoral Letter, Empowered by the Spirit: Campus Ministry Faces the Future serves as the heart of the curriculum. The FJLI presents new campus ministers with the theological implications and pastoral applications of the six aspects of campus ministry:
FORMING THE FAITH COMMUNITY
This presentation will explore the call to create a sense of Christian community in an academic environment that depends on solidarity and collaboration, but also knows loneliness and the desire for personal relationships. Through the experience of Word, Sacrament and the ministry of presence, campus ministers will be encouraged to build faith communities where all may experience acceptance, healing and empowerment.
APPROPRIATING THE FAITH
The campus minister’s responsibility to enable college students to achieve a more adult understanding of their faith will be the focus of this presentation. The presenter will explore strategies to stimulate and enhance theological learning and call students to more effective witness to the Gospel in the face of intellectual and social challenges from the academic world and the larger culture.
FORMING THE CHRISTIAN CONSCIENCE
The focus of this presentation will be to explore the critical role of campus ministers in assisting students to understand and practice Christian values and ethics as they deal with the questions and complexities of the moral problems generated by campus life and larger society.
EDUCATING FOR JUSTICE
This presentation will call special attention to the need to teach and learn the coherent body of Catholic social thought. It will emphasize the need for campus ministers to educate students to a vision of Church on campus as a consistent and vigorous advocate for justice, peace and reverence for life.
FACILITATING PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
The emphasis in exploring this theme will be to encourage campus ministers to recognize the rich opportunities that exist in an academic environment to help students integrate their collegiate experience with their Christian faith. As persons of prayer who are serious about their own growth in faith, campus ministers can be powerful winesses to yound people who are establishing identities, forming relationships, discerning vocations, and charting the direction of their lives.
DEVELOPING LEADERS FOR THE FUTURE
This presentation will focus on the challenge for campus ministers to encourage students, staff and faculty to identify their gifts and use them for the common good. Campus ministers will be encouraged to create an awareness of the nature of Christian leadership as a sense of loving service and as a vocation we all receive from God.
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Additionally, there will be presentations on the following topics:
Everyday Life of a Campus Minister: Standards, Ethics & Self-Care
Technology & Ministry
Certification and on-giong Professional Development
Process time is built into the Institute experience through private reflection and small group discussion as well as during the informal social times.