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Staff Formation and Mentorship. FOCUS is not a campus ministry organization, but a campus minister organization. Ongoing training and formation is at the heart of our mission. FOCUS Mission Statement:

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FOCUS is not a campus ministry organization, but a campus minister organization.

Ongoing training and formation is at the heart of our mission.

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FOCUS Mission Statement:

To know Christ Jesus, and to fulfill His Great Commission, by first living and then communicating the fullness of life within the family of God, the Church.

  • Know Christ Jesus
  • Fulfill His Great Commission – by first living and then communicating the fullness of life

Primary Formation – Leadership Foundations Program

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Leadership Foundations :

  • Leadership Foundations is designed for completion within two years, but can be done quicker per an individual missionary’s desire.
  • Is designed to provide one of the most effective leadership training and formation programs available to laity in the United States.
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Leadership Foundations, like all FOCUS formation, addresses three aspects of an individual’s growth: Human, Intellectual, and Professional

  • Human formation deals with both character formation—growth in the life of nature through a commitment to development of the virtues—and spiritual formation—growth in the life of grace through participation in prayer and the sacraments.
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Leadership Foundations, like all FOCUS formation, addresses three aspects of an individual’s growth: Human, Intellectual, and Professional

  • Human formation deals with both character formation—growth in the life of nature through a commitment to development of the virtues—and spiritual formation—growth in the life of grace through participation in prayer and the sacraments.
  • Intellectual formation helps the individual to acquire a solid formation in the teachings of the Catholic Church and Sacred Scripture while also developing a firmer understanding of both Christian and modern culture.
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Leadership Foundations, like all FOCUS formation, addresses three aspects of an individual’s growth: Human, Intellectual, and Professional

  • Human formation deals with both character formation—growth in the life of nature through a commitment to development of the virtues—and spiritual formation—growth in the life of grace through participation in prayer and the sacraments.
  • Intellectual formation helps the individual to acquire a solid formation in the teachings of the Catholic Church and Sacred Scripture while also developing a firmer understanding of both Christian and modern culture.
  • Professional formation covers those aspects of growth that help the missionary in the day to day activity of the apostolate from Mission Partner Development to evangelization and discipleship.
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Leadership Foundations provides for three types of learning: Structured Learning, Mentored Learning, and Self Study.

  • Structured Learning takes place formally at New Staff Training or other formal events.
  • Mentored Learning takes place within Team Development, within Staff Mentorship, within Colleges at NST, and with one’s supervisor.
  • Self Study takes place per the missionaries own initiative. The missionary will read a set of books and listen to audio lectures.
leadership certificates
Leadership Certificates

Augustine Institute Leadership Certificate

  • Awarded by the Augustine Institute to FOCUS staff members who have completed Leadership Foundations
  • Tangible evidence from the Augustine Institute of completion of leadership formation
  • Certificate enables missionaries to opt out of four-six credits at the AI
    • Two classes (four credits) for Distance Ed. Four classes (six credits) for on-campus program
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Leadership Certificates

Augustine Institute Leadership Certificate

  • Awarded by the Augustine Institute to FOCUS staff members who have completed Leadership Foundations
  • Tangible evidence from the Augustine Institute of completion of leadership formation
  • Certificate enables missionaries to opt out of four-six credits at the AI
    • Two classes (four credits) for Distance Ed. Four classes (six credits) for on-campus program

Benedictine College Ethical Leadership Certificate

  • Awarded by Benedictine College to FOCUS staff members who have completed two things:
    • FOCUS new staff training and formation program (entitled Leadership Foundations)
    • Graduate school coursework from Benedictine College, offered during the summer, exclusively to FOCUS missionaries.
  • Missionaries who earn the certificate have tangible evidence from an accredited business school of their leadership formation.
  • Those who earn the certificate will be able to opt out of the relevant coursework if they attend BC’s MBA program
staff mentorship the goal
Staff Mentorship – the goal
  • There are three functions to every Staff Mentorship meeting:
    • A non-official place to discuss challenges
    • Accountability and guidance in prayer and the life of virtue
    • Encouragement in the FOCUS mission
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Staff Mentorship – outline

FOCUS Staff Mentoring Outline

  • PRAY THE “OUR FATHER”
  • GENERAL CHECK-IN: 10-15 minutes
    • Catch up on each other’s lives and how things, in general, are going.
    • Any challenges the mentee would like to discuss in a confidential setting.
  • ENCOURAGEMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY: 20-30 minutes
    • MUST DISCUSS – things directly impacting ability to live missionary life
      • Prayer, Scripture and Spiritual Reading
      • Sacramental Life
      • The Big Three (Chastity, Sobriety, Personal Excellence)
      • Nature or Grace resolution
      • Leadership Foundations reading
    • DISCUSSION IF MENTEE DESIRES – things flowing from the missionary life
      • Help with prayer and sacramental life, or discussion about the FOCUS scripture/catechism reading plan
      • Help with relationships on team, students, evangelization, MPD, etc.
  • CLOSE WITH ANY PRAYER INTENTIONS and a HAIL MARY and a GLORY BE
some awesome formation opportunities
Some Awesome Formation Opportunities

FOCUS Silent Retreats

  • Silent, directed retreat for 8 days after NST
  • One of the best ways for missionaries to be rejuvenated

On Campus Evangelization Training (1st Year Beta stage)

  • Training to provide competence, confidence, and commitment
  • Reach out to the lost and broken… see others as captives instead of enemies

Spiritual Impact Retreats (2nd Year Pilot stage)

  • Retreat to allow the Holy Spirit to deeply penetrate the heart of participants
  • Healing, deeper commitment to Jesus, growth in desire to evangelize
  • Spiritual Impact Retreat for 1st/2nd Yr Staff during NST – June 11-12