Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace listening to a sharing during the leadership retreat.

The best person to model ourselves after as Church leaders is none other than Jesus Himself.

This was the message for about 30 leaders of the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace (QoP) at a leadership retreat organised by the parish leadership team together with Caritas Singapore.

The retreat, held on March 25 and 26, was the result of a year-long effort to develop a programme for ministry leaders to understand what it means to be a Church leader, the qualities of a good leader and how the work of the ministries must ultimately contribute to the mission of the Church – to draw people to God and witness to God’s love.

“A special taskforce was formed about a year ago as a result of the parish assembly to look into how we could develop our leaders,” said Mr Harry Pereira, chairman of the QoP Leadership Committee. “This was because when we looked at the common challenges facing our ministries, we realised that one of the root causes was the lack of leadership formation.”

Together with the Caritas Singapore Formation Team led by Infant Jesus Sr Maria Lau, the group formulated a programme modelled after Jesus as a servant leader in mission.

Time during the retreat was also spent on prayers and reflections, combined with group discussions across the individual, ministry and parish levels. Participants were also introduced to the social teachings of the Church, especially in the area of respect for the dignity of each human person and the call to reach out to the poor and vulnerable in society.

“The retreat was a good reminder of who we are as Catholics and why we serve,” said Mr Leroy Tor, a youth leader in the Legion of Mary of Queen of Peace Church.

Others found the retreat refreshing, insightful and useful in widening their perspective of ministry work beyond the functional aspect.

“Community, spirituality and evangelistic mission must also be part of ministry work,” noted Ms Karen Ho, vice president of the Society of St Vincent de Paul. 

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