THE SINGAPORE PASTORAL INSTITUTE (SPI) will be holding a broad slate of workshops from July to November for participants to sharpen their skills in various church ministries. This "comprehensive calendar of courses… is an important part of formation of a mature Christian in today's world," says Wendy Louis, SPI Director.

Upcoming courses include "Skills for Building Community" and "Training for Parish Teams" where participants will learn how to build leadership and ministries, and how to foster community spirit.

Currently, a "Foundations in Ministry Certificate Programme" (FMCP) is underway with 101 participants learning how to build a holistic Christian ministry with a focus on the integration of faith and life, and how to serve better. Participants also discuss the meaning of ministerial work, receive overviews of the Old and New Testament, and learn Catholic teachings on the Trinity, morality and the church.

These participants come from various church ministries - catechists for adults and children, RCIA sponsors, lectors, extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, ministers of hospitality and choir members, as well as youth workers and those from family and migrant ministries.

They are halfway through the year-long formation programme that is jointly organized by the Catechetical and Pastoral Offices of SPI, the Youth Office, Liturgical Commission, Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (ACMI) and Family Life Society.

"We hope participants will be able to evaluate their involvement in ministry in relation to the mission of Christ," Wendy Louis said.

For information on upcoming workshops, visit www.catholic.org.sg/spi

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