Wanted: ‘Visionaries for missionary Church’

Fr Chris Ryan with Arete Centre 2020 participants (Katherine Ng MGL)

After a successful inaugural year, the Arete Centre for Missionary Leadership has launched its 2021 program, offering study opportunities for pastoral and ministry leaders to grow in the knowledge needed for the Church’s mission today.

A work of the Missionaries of God’s Love, the Arete Centre offers a course that couples theological knowledge with dynamic and life-changing encounters with God, aspiring to form and equip people in servant leadership, to live up to their God-given potential to participate in the Church’s mission.

Fr Chris Ryan MGL, the centre’s director, identified the key market for potential students.

“A missionary Church needs visionaries who can be key influencers in their fields, catalysts for change who can offer witness to true leadership, inspiring others to do the same,” he said.

Participants this year included youth ministers, parish missionary workers, professionals and diocesan employees, all with a common desire to advance the mission of the Church in Australia with innovation and efficiency.

In an effort to adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic, the centre has designed an online structure for lectures in 2021, with provision for person-to-person encounters intrinsic to its program.

“The blend of online learning and face-to-face intensives (COVID permitting) make it possible for students to undertake the Arete program from anywhere in the country,” Fr Ryan said. “The 2020 cohort includes students from Melbourne, Adelaide, and Nowra as well as metropolitan Sydney.”

The course is comprised of four units: the Spirituality of Missionary Leadership, the Theological Foundations of Mission in the Australian Context, the Theory and Practice of Missionary Leadership, and a practicum unit that allows students to specialise in youth ministry, adult evangelisation or music ministry, as well as engage upon theological reflection in the light of their experience in ministry.

Details: www.aretecentre.org.

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Arete Centre launches 2021 program (Missionaries of God’s Love)

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