As a catechetical leader, chances are that you often may feel like Jeremiah; Peter, Andrew, James, and John; the 72 disciples; the woman at the well or Mary Magdalen.
Like them you may feel inadequate, unprepared, and wondering ‘why me Lord’.
Like them you are not alone. God was always with them and with you - guiding, teaching, and leading.
At the same time you realize that you need to know and understand:
- what catechesis is all about,
- become familiar with various official catechetical documents and guidelines
- understand religious tradition and scripture,
- plan and administer programs,
- understand catechetical methods and how children, youth and adults learn
- develop programs for catechist education and formation
And the list goes on.
Keep it simple. As a self-directed learner, you have decided to take responsibility for your continuing education.
- Develop a list of your strengths. What do you know? What are you able to do? What do you bring to the position?
- Develop a list of those areas you feel are in need in development. From this list choose one or two topics.
- Begin to identify resources, including people, mentors, guides, courses, programs, reading and study materials.
- Create and maintain a study schedule. Record in a learning journal the resources and main ideas.
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Action: What is the one area that you would like to learn more about in the coming weeks.