Magazine article Momentum

Colleges Creating Future Catholic Education Leaders

Magazine article Momentum

Colleges Creating Future Catholic Education Leaders

Article excerpt

"To truly teach an apprentice you have to share areas of growth. Students must learn that to become a master, you need to work at it."

Jeffrey Raster, director of Saint John's University School of Theology Seminary's Youth in Theology and Ministry program (YTM), is committed to creating educators.

The Youth in Theology and Ministry program (YTM) began in 2000 with a grant from the Lilly Endowment to encourage seminaries to engage high school youth in theology and promote vocations in Church ministry. The mission of the YTM program is "to apprentice Catholic leadership youth and their adult mentors to live as disciples of Jesus Christ." YTM provides practical skill-building for education and leadership. Counselors learn how to build lesson plans, to evangelize and how to assess learner outcomes. They teach and preach.

Jeffrey shares this story:

"Each year, our counselors come into the program with self-identified goals. At the end, everyone on staff-myself included- has a 360-degree evaluation. Together as a team we identify feedback, strengths, gifts and area of growth for each person.

I had a college student-a theology major-who at the time had a more rigid view on her own theology. As a result, 1 noticed she was more adept at building and nurturing relationships with those who agreed with her views. …

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