First and foremost, you are answering Christ’s call to build up His Kingdom on earth. Throughout the summer, you will lead middle and/or high school teens closer to Christ through service, relationship, and prayer. You will build and develop practical, life-long ministry skills by gaining experience in project coordination, effective time management, and collaborative team building. As a missionary, you are also responding to Christ’s invitation to deepen your personal relationship with Him. You will be part of a mission community that together lives a structured and sacramental prayer life, supports one another in common mission, and holds each other accountable. You will experience ongoing spiritual formation and form relationships that will last a lifetime.
Summer Staff is a six-week mission serving camp primarily as a relational minister trained in the facilitation of small group discussions and team- building activities. You will create and execute games, skits, and activities to create an environment for teens to encounter Christ. Your primary responsibility will be to be present and minister to the teens, core members, and youth minister from a particular parish while they are at camp for one week.
A vital part of your mission this summer will be inviting people to join you as mission partners; they will support you spiritually and financially through prayers and donations. As a missionary, your first job will be to ask people to commit to praying for you; they can offer a daily Mass, rosary, chaplet, holy hour, or any other type of prayer. No mission is successful without prayer support; not only will camp be covered with intercession, but you will also be including individuals and families in the mission.
You will also need to gather financial support for this mission. Life Teen will help you by providing letter templates and donation cards as well as an online donation page that you can send to your extended family, friends, parishes, etc. in order to invite others to give a large or small donation. The majority of your mission partners should be outside of your immediate family—we want to include as many people as we can in this mission! Life Teen will match the amount you raise and you will receive a stipend at the end of your mission commitment, up to a total of $200($100 matched/ per week. Since this is truly a mission, God is calling you to bring your servant heart with complete trust in His divine providence.