Movers and Shakers has been running for 20 years and in that time it has developed into a key strategy in the development of young leaders within the Catholic Church in Queensland and beyond. It plays an important role in youth ministry training as it addresses the Christian leadership training needs of many parishes and school. Over a thousand young people have come through the program developing leadership skills and building confidence to use back in their parishes, schools and communities.
The program has been developed to be as experiential as possible. It invites young people to reflect on the various activities they will participate in during the week and discover for themselves the learnings that emerge. The young people will share in small groups and will be challenged to work together in problem solving situations.
During the program a team of adults, most of whom are youth ministry professionals, and young adults, generally previous Movers and Shakers graduates, will model a collaborative approach to leadership. They have been allocated responsibility for various elements of the program, such as liturgy, pastoral care, and administration. The young adults fill the role of small group facilitators and provide a peer leadership model that has proven to be an excellent way of caring for the needs of all those present during the program.
Click here to see the details of this year's program.