We're currently recruiting new volunteers for the 2014-15 year.
Teen Ministry Coordinator
Volunteer with our
Contact us before our volunteer training: Sunday, Sept 14 2014.
Sessions begin October 12, 2014.
We are looking for adults who are passionate about their faith and interested in sharing in this journey of confirmation with our teens. People who are excited about God, willing to learn more about what they don’t know, open to wresting with topics they don’t understand, and patient and fun through it all.
Faith Sharing Group Facilitators: Our biggest need is for small group leaders: people who are able to commit to leading a faith-sharing group of 12-14 teens. Don’t worry: we will provide training about how to facilitate these discussions and resources to help you break open the topics.
Take a look at our calendar and more program details here, or download a copy of our Volunteer One-Sheet. Don’t be afraid to contact Carolyn Pierce with any questions.
What are some important qualities for a small group leader?
• Patience. It will probably be challenging for many of our teens to discuss these topics, and you may have a group member who is disinterested or difficult. Our role as leaders is to be as patient with them and trust that whether we see it or not, the Holy Spirit is doing the work!
• Presence. Since so much of the sessions are spent in small groups, it’s important that volunteers are able to consistently attend sessions. Presence also means that you’re able to really listen to our teens so you can effectively facilitate discussions.
• Willingness to Learn. We don’t expect you to be theological experts, and it’s completely ok to say “I don’t know” to tough questions. Good small group leaders encounter these tough topics alongside our teens and are willing to learn with them.
• Openness. A willingness to share (appropriately) your own faith journey and experiences and help teens to understand the “whys” of our faith”: why you attend church, why you care, why faith and service is important to you.
• Enthusiastic, Silly, Fun and All-Around Awesome. We do fun stuff! We want group discussions to be substantive, but we also want our teens to have fun. If you’re willing to let go and look ridiculous while wearing costumes and participating in games, this ministry is for you!
Our mission wouldn’t be fulfilled unless we took care to protect the safety of those young people involved in our programs. This commitment means that all of our volunteers must receive proper awareness training and satisfy the requirements the ‘“Safeguard the Children” program from the Archdiocese:
- Review the Archdiocese guidelines for working with Minors
- Attend a Virtus awareness training session and follow all guidelines from Virtus training. You can find a session by going to www.virtusonline.org. Search for sessions in the "Los Angeles - Our Lady of Angels Region"
- Complete a livescan fingerprinting through the Archdiocese and submit paperwork indicating completion.