Are there teens in your parish looking for an exciting opportunity for developing their leadership skills this summer? Catholic Leadership Institute is a 6-day leadership camp and retreat that helps high school teens learn more about themselves and various leadership skills that can be put to use in their home parishes right away.
What will young people learn at CLI? Core sessions on leadership development include learning about leadership styles, communication skills, group dynamics, decision making, and planning skills. Participants work through hands-on activities in small groups to demonstrate each of these leadership skills, all the while having fun and making new friends, too.
CLI also incorporates a strong, faith-based sense of community living. Everyone helps with presenting morning and evening prayers and Mass is celebrated several times throughout the week. During the day, participants are invited into personal prayer time along with team members who lead by example. Community life is also built through evening social activities and by sharing certain community life tasks.
The purpose of CLI is to help young people develop leadership skills for parish ministry. Participants learn about leadership through core sessions on leadership styles, communication skills, group dynamics, decision making, and planning skills. Leadership skills are developed through small group exercises that challenge young people to share insights from core sessions. Participants also grow in faith by planning and presenting daily prayer experiences, engaging in daily spiritual exercises, and through journaling activities that are woven into the daily events.
The goals of CLI are for young people...
1. to learn skills for leadership in ministry
Core sessions include leadership styles, communication skills, group dynamics, decision making, and planning skills.
2. to practice leadership skills
Areas where participants practice leadership skills include facilitating group meetings, planning prayer services and liturgical celebrations, serving the CLI community through community life tasks, and taking on specified roles in during small group activities.
3. to grow in awareness of personal leadership abilities
Small groups will experience and discuss activities designed to help participants learn more about leadership, community, prayer, and ministry. Participants also keep a journal throughout the CLI session. The session ends with an affirmation exercise.
4. to plan and participate in prayer services and liturgical celebrations.
Participants learn how to plan and morning prayer, evening prayer, and meal prayers. Mass is also celebrated several times throughout the session.