|Becoming a Called & Gifted Teacher|
Becoming a Called & Gifted Teacher
We are delighted when people express an interest in becoming a teacher of the Called & Gifted discernment process. To date over 60,000 Catholics have attended Called & Gifted workshops in 100 dioceses on 5 continents. Twenty five Called & Gifted teachers currently travel with us in North America, Australia, and Asia and many more do not travel but offer the workshop in their local parish or area.
Becoming a Called & Gifted teacher is an apostolate - a ministry - not a "job". Our teachers do it because 1) they love the material; 2) they love teaching; 3) they find helping others discern God's call enormously satisfying; 4) they want to make the Called & Gifted process available to other searching Catholics.
It does take work to go through the process and master the materials and we work hard to support you as you do that. How long it takes to become a fully trained teacher depends a great deal upon the amount of time you have to invest in it.
Traveling Called & Gifted teachers:
Those who travel with us also enjoy meeting enthusiastic Catholics all over the country.
Our teachers are usually treated very well by the sponsoring community (I often joke that I live much better on the road than I do in real life!) and can end up in exotic locations: Maui, Alaska, Rome, or Australia. But we can also find ourselves in the middle of a blizzard in a very simple rural community as well.
Where you might go depends upon the requests for workshops we receive. We go wherever the church is found. A charism of teaching, the ability to fly (in small planes!) and walk through long airport corridors, flexibility, a sense of humor and adventure, and an apostolic love of people is essential for this work. We have a special need for Spanish language traveling teachers who are fully bi-lingual because the training is still in English at present.
We pay our full-trained teachers a modest honorarium of $300/teacher/workshop. Teaching opportunities with us range from part-part-part time (one or two weekends a month) to very occasional (once or twice a year), depending upon your availability, the demand, how far you can travel, etc. If you can only travel within a certain area, (for instance the Pacific Northwest) we will gladly work within your parameters but it will limit the number of opportunities you have to teach.
If you are teaching a non-local workshop, you’ll probably need to be able to travel during the day on Friday and will probably return home on Sunday. Most of our teachers have real jobs and families and we go to great lengths to work with your schedule.
Below is a detailed description of the process involved in becoming a Called & Gifted teacher.
Step One: Begin Your Own Discernment
1) Experience the Called & Gifted introductory workshop (live or on CD).
2) Take the Catholic Spiritual Gifts Inventory (which is distributed at a live workshop or can be purchased through our website)
3) Have a one hour, one-on-one personal interview with a trained interviewer.
b. There is a nominal charge of $35.00 for a phone interview as we pay our interviewers an honorarium.
4) Pick a charism to explore and do some personal discernment.
This experience will not only help you clarify your own charisms but give you insight into the discernment process which will help you enormously when listening to other people’s stories as an interviewer.
Step Two: Becoming an Interviewer and Small Gifts Group Facilitator
1) Prepares you to conduct a one hour, one-on-one session with someone who has been through a live workshop or listened to the CDs and has taken the Inventory. During this interview:
a. We answer the participant’s personal questions
b. Help participants recognize patterns in their life that may indicate the presence of a charism
c. Help them pick one charism to discern and determine how they might do so.
2) Attend Gifts Interviewer Training:
a. Prerequisites for going through interviewer training:
i. Basic listening skills (we don’t have time to teach them during the training)
ii. Practicing Christian for a couple years, the basic spiritual and personal maturity to listen to very different personal and spiritual experiences without interposing one’s own.
b. Interviewer training is short but intense:
i. A typical weekend schedule would be Friday night from 7:00pm – 9:30pm and Saturday 9:00am – 8:00 pm.
ii. Cost: $100/person (includes the cost of extensive materials)
iii. Lunch is not provided by the Institute. A sponsoring organization may provide lunch or participants will need to bring their own.
iv. The skills gained are transferable to facilitating discernment in a small group
3) Do some interviews for others to gain experience and insight into charisms you have never experienced
Step Three: Becoming a Called & Gifted Teacher
Learn to teach the full live Friday night/Saturday Called & Gifted workshop as part of a two person team.
1) Pre-requisites for attending Called & Gifted teacher training:
a. Attended a live Called & Gifted workshop or listened to CDs
b. Taken the Inventory
c. Had a personal interview
d. Done some personal discernment
e. Gone through interviewer training
f. Conducted some interviews.
2) Factors to consider when deciding whether or not you want to become a traveling C & G teacher or serve as part of a non-traveling local team:
a. Benefits You’ll get the chance to meet Catholics from all over North America and develop a bird’s eye view of the Church that very few people ever have. We are usually treated very well on the road and often get to see some local sights as well. Teaching is a lot of fun and hearing the stories of “ordinary” Catholics is just amazing!
b. Flexibility: Most of our teachers are not “religious professionals” (although we welcome them) and have real jobs, families, and lives. We work around your schedule. Depending upon demand and your willingness to travel, you could teach as little as twice a year or as often as once a month. We usually contact teachers several months in advance of a proposed workshop date to see if you’d be available on that weekend.
c. Travel time:
i. You need to decide whether you are able to teach only local workshops to which you could drive after work or travel further afield.
ii. If you only want to teach local workshops, that is entirely possible. The number of workshops that you would have the opportunity to teach will be much more limited.
iii. Most of our events require a plane flight (Our teams have been from Hawaii to Alaska and from Toronto to Georgia and all points in-between) and you will need to be able to travel during the day on Friday and on Sunday. Occasionally, a distant workshop might require that you leave on a Thursday.
iv. Usually, we attend Saturday evening Mass at the sponsoring parish after the workshop is over.
d. Financial matters:
i. There is a charge for teacher training which ranges from $100 to $300, depending on location.
ii. Your travel and room and board expenses will be picked up either by the Institute or the sponsoring organization once you begin traveling with us. This does not apply to the teacher training, you will be responsible for airfare, room and board.
iii. When we feel that you are ready to teach half a workshop as part of a two person team, you will receive an honorarium of $300/teacher for each workshop taught.
3) The standard parish Called & Gifted workshop
a. Runs Friday, 7:00pm – 9:30pm and 9:30pm to 4:00pm on Saturday.
b. Usually offered in parishes to an audience of mostly lay Catholics (with some clergy, religious and non-Catholics in attendance).
c. Sometimes given to specialized audiences such as a mostly young adult or college age group, Catholic school teachers or catechists or as part of bi-lingual (Spanish-English) simultaneous workshops.
d. The workshop is broken into 24 modules, each of which take from 5 to 25 minutes to teach.
e. Typically a fully trained teacher will teach 12 of the modules, alternating with their partner.
f. Is usually taught by male-female teams, often by lay-clergy teams.
4) Called & Gifted Teacher training
a. Take two full days – usually a Saturday and Sunday
b. The first day includes 8 hours of the theology behind the workshop.
c. The second day is teacher practicum.
5) Preparing for Called & Gifted Teacher Training:
a. The Called & Gifted workshop is broken into 24 modules.
b. You must pick and be prepared to teach one module during the weekend and receive feed-back.
c. The Institute will provide the materials you need in advance so that you can prepare to teach your chosen module:
i. A CD or audio tape recording of the Called & Gifted workshop
ii. Three Word documents of detailed teachers notes: one for Friday evening, one for Saturday morning, and one for Saturday evening.
iii. A copy of the Powerpoint slides (you will need to have access to a laptop computer and Powerpoint).
6) After the Teacher Training Weekend:
d. One or two teachers in training will be asked to go to a particular workshop.
e. Each of the trainee teachers will prepare 4 modules to teach at the workshop.
f. You will be supervised and receive feed-back from an experienced “anchor” teacher
g. This experience will be repeated until
i. You have mastered half the workshop (12 modules)
ii. You feel comfortable
iii. We feel that you are ready.
7) Congratulations! You are Ready to Hit the Road With Your Teammates!
As part of getting to know you, we would like to review a copy of your CV highlighting your relevant experience in teaching or training, theology, pastoral work, spiritual direction, etc.