This weekend, I, along with 7 other CORE (adult leaders) took our 22 mini CORE on a peer leadership retreat.
The team's verse for the year is Matthew 20:28.
They were challenged to live according to the Gospel. To be leaders like Jesus. To commit to welcoming and inviting new teens each and every week.
The power of the Holy Spirit flows through these teens.
On Friday, we decided to offer confession before we left for the retreat. All I had to do was say "there are 3 priests in the main sanctuary" and off they went. We left cleansed!
Their first session was on prayer, as it is the most important part of serving in ministry. You have to have a relationship with Christ, or you're self-serving instead serving.
We also practiced throughout the weekend the skit I wrote - Life Again. Its a Reconciliation drama. The teens performing are on fire for God, and therefore give each other feedback on how to make it better each time we practice.
The mini CORE's task at the end of the weekend was to write out a mission statement for the year. And, so I share it with you.
∞ I commit to pray daily and to seek guidance for my life from the Holy Spirit.
∞ I choose to be active in my faith, fulfilling Mass obligations and having an active sacramental life.
∞ I choose to follow the teachings of the Church on matters of faith, reason, and morality, and to seek Truth when I do not know the answer.
∞ I desire to be like Jesus, therefore, I promise to serve without seeking anything in return. Always choosing J.O.Y. – Jesus first, Others second, Myself third.
∞ I promise to share my faith through my words and actions.
∞ I commit myself to a lifestyle that will be a model to my peers. I will avoid the use of drugs, alcohol, and sex outside of marriage. I will strive to avoid the use of profanity, sarcasm, and gossip.
∞ I commit myself to respect adults in authority especially our Youth Minister, Assistant Youth Minister, and adult CORE.
∞ I will help build up our Life Teen family by building relationships with new teens (introducing myself and talking to those outside my circle of friends).
∞ I understand it is my duty to fulfill my obligation to the 2011-2012 mini Mighty CORE team. Therefore, I understand our attendance policy:
o 1st absence from regular monthly meetings, I will receive a warning.
o 2nd absence from a regular monthly meeting, I will receive a 2nd warning.
o 3rd absence from a regular monthly meeting, I will be asked to step down from the 2011-2012 mini Mighty CORE team.
This is my favorite group photo of them: