Peer ministers work with Campus Ministry in spiritual development and retreats, religious diversity, service and justice opportunities and to help promote our Holy Cross and Catholic character.
What do peer ministers do?
Peer ministers are living examples of Christ in the world. They demonstrate a spirit of service among their fellow students and the larger school community by their willingness to be involved and by giving of their time and their hearts in gestures of service and leadership.
What can peer ministers expect?
Students will receive training in pastoral skills, leadership, engagement and facilitation skills, social justice and Holy Cross heritage. The program is also designed to give students peer support and evaluation, supervision, clear job descriptions and a campus minister mentor for your particular ministry.
What qualifies a peer minister?
Dependability, leadership and ability to positively influence other students. Students of any and all faith communities are welcome to apply. After undergoing training, peer ministers take on the responsibilities as directed by their campus minister mentor.
What areas do peer ministers work in?
- Peer Minister for Retreats: Assist campus minister with retreat planning and facilitation
- Peer Minister for Spiritual Development: Assist campus minister to plan, promote and conduct faith development opportunities for students, including special events
- Peer Minister for Religious Diversity: Assist campus minister with planning of special interreligious programs
- Peer Minister for Justice: Assist campus minister with programming related to justice issues and advocacy
What is the time commitment?
Peer ministers attend a two-day training retreat in August, devote approximately 12 hours per month, have weekly check-ins with their campus minister mentor and attend a monthly 2-hour training session.
What areas do peer ministers gain experience in?
- Communicating personal faith and values
- Caring, listening and decision-making skills
- Appreciating and affirming religious diversity
- Engaging, facilitating and leading others in service
- Understanding ministry, not as a job, but as an attitude and a practice throughout life
- Leading meetings, planning and organizing events
- Holy Cross heritage, Catholic Social Teaching and social justice
Are peer ministers paid?
A small stipend is provided for your service.
For information on becoming a peer minister, contact larrya [at] stedwards.edu (Bro. Larry Atkinson).