EIGHTY young people from across Queensland will upgrade their leadership skills at the annual Movers and Shakers Christian Leadership Training Program from March 29-April 3.
The program for 16 to 25 year-olds will take place at Iona College’s ‘Glendalough’ outdoor education centre at Peregian on the Sunshine Coast, and will be run by Queensland Catholic diocesan youth co-ordinators.
Catholic parishes, schools and youth movements across the state send youth leaders to gain quality, affordable leadership training and valuable skills and knowledge.
Since humble beginnings in 1991, more than 1500 youth leaders have participated in the residential five-day training event.
One of the program’s strengths was its ability to combine a mix of theory and practical leadership development with different activities to challenge participants.
It also provides a place where young leaders can network with others involved in youth ministry from across the state.
During the week, participants will be challenged individually and in small groups to work on problem solving, team work and adventure based activities.
The program also includes various creative workshops tailored to more closely meet the participants’ individual needs.
Brisbane Youth and Children’s Ministry Team development officer Malcolm Hart said this year’s program would continue to build on the successes of the past.
‘Every year we learn something new about the program and how we can improve the experience for the young people who attend,’ Malcolm said. ‘The program is evolving and constantly growing. It keeps it fresh and dynamic.’
He said part of the success of the program came from the intentional way in which the program leaders modelled Christian leadership.
‘As a leadership team we are very conscious of ‘walking the talk’ and we have structured the program so that young people can progressively take on more responsibility and leadership.’
Siena College, Sippy Downs campus minister, Donna McDade, who has taken on a leadership role in the program after being involved for a number of years, said a number of young people from Sunshine Coast parishes had been sponsored to attend.
‘The young people we have sent have come back ‘fired up’,’ she said. ‘They have gotten more involved in liturgy planning, fundraising, and have grown in their confidence and leadership skills.’
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