The Practical Guide to High School Campus Ministry
Edited by Steven McGlaun
The Practical Guide to High School Campus Ministry is a resource every Catholic high school campus minister should have. Within its pages you will find the wisdom of experienced campus ministers on the different components of Catholic high school campus ministry, including prayer and liturgy, service learning, retreats, leadership development, and spirituality and the daily life of the minister. The Practical Guide to High School Campus Ministry provides an introduction to each component, a theological exploration on the reasoning for the component and practical planning skills to assist the campus minister in implementing the component. Whether you are a seasoned pro or new to the position of campus minister, this book is an invaluable resource that can assist you in meeting the needs of your community and caring for yourself so you can continue to do the work God has called you to.
Copyright: Feb. 8, 2007
Size: 8.5 x 11
Length: 102 pages
Catholic Library World, December, 2007
High school campus ministers should strongly consider purchasing this useful resource.
Momentum, September/October, 2007
The practical guidebook was written by experienced practitioners who understand both the breadth and depth of the campus minister's roles and responsibilities. Having theological training and background does not necessarily mean that the minister has the experience and attention to detail needed to plan liturgy, create a retreat and develop service learning at the school. The authors provide thorough planning processes that will enable a new campus minister to succeed, while those with little theological training will benefit from the basic theological framework that undergirds each section of the book.
While each chapter is sound and useful in its own right, the chapter on service learning is well-written and immensely practical. The authors raise pertinent philosophical questions concerning service versus experiential learning and service versus required hours. In addition, they provide a marvelous theological context of service and emphasize the importance of connecting Catholic social teaching to the curriculum.
This very rich and thorough theological context is coupled with the particular cultural context of the school, the parent community and wider local community. They note that when developing service learning in the school, it is important to support students and parents and challenge them to embrace more fully Catholic social teaching. They offer sagacious advice to ensure that the administrators and parents always are informed and that all service and justice events are rooted in Catholic social teaching.
Review by Rita Cutarelli