LEADERSHIP/RELIGION 4 CLASS - SENIOR ELECTIVE
Course Description: This is an adapted Religion 4 course to include lessons on Christian leadership and service. Over the course of two semesters, students will be introduced what it means to be a leader. They will learn about the qualities and characteristics of a good leader through a Christian lens. Topics covers include Leadership Theory, Dynamics of Leadership, Moral decision making, proper etiquette and resume writing.
Students will gain practical leadership experience through the planning of underclassmen retreats, prayer services, school Masses and workshops to develop leaders at the grade school level through workshops at the lower and middle school levels of Iona Preparatory School.
Enrolled students will have the option to be part of a mentorship program. In partnership with the Iona Prep Advancement Office, students will be placed with members of the extended Iona Prep Community (alumni, current parents, etc.) in areas of their interest to shadow for either winter or spring break. This gives students real-world experience in an effort to help them prepare for their future.
Acting as a Christian leader is one way of responding to Jesus Christ’s call of discipleship. The Religion portion of this course will help students recognize the importance of following a vocation and living a life of service, especially for leaders. During the first semester, students will be reminded that all people experience a desire to know God. Vocations allow each person to answer God’s call to know, love and serve Him. Students will come to understand that there exists a common vocation of Holiness for all as well as each person’s personal vocation. There will be an examination of the four stages of life that the Church recognizes as a way to live out a personal vocation. These four states include: the married life, the single life, the ordained life and the consecrated life. The importance of prayer, reflection and discernment will be introduced as the chief tools for recognizing and living out any particular vocation. Service is an important component of vocations and will be emphasized.
The focus of the Religion portion of the second semester is the importance of Catholic Social Teaching. During the second semester students will build on the basic concepts of Catholic Social Teaching taught in Religion 3. Students will explore in greater detail what it means for them as individuals and as members of a community to answer Christ’s call to serve others, especially the poor. Students will come to understand that Catholic Social Teaching is not a response to social problems but is rooted in the belief that we have a communal social nature and are made in the image of God; that means we must all work to ensure all humans are treated with the dignity they deserve. During this course we will examine individual choices and societal choices that will best allow us to reflect/live Christ’s love for others, especially the poor and needy.