Aretè: Leadership Formation Opportunity

October 18, 2019

Forming and empowering lay leaders for mission and ministry is a key part of our Diocesan life. The Office of Renewal and Evangelisation is excited to offer the opportunity for lay leaders to participate in an exciting new course, Foundations for Missionary Leadership, being conducted by the Arete’ Centre for Missionary Leadership – a work of the Missionaries of God’s Love (  This centre has been established by the MGL Order to facilitate mission focused, encounter based leadership formation for lay people.  Effective and enduring ministry requires sound theological knowledge coupled with the dynamic and life changing encounter with the living God.  The Arete Centre brings together these two realities to aspire pastoral and ministry leaders to excellence in the servant leadership, to live up to their God-given potential and to grow in knowledge needed for the Church’s mission in the world today.

Aretè is a Greek word which means ‘excellence of any kind’. This notion of excellence refers to the act of living up to one’s full potential.

Foundation for Missionary Leadership is designed to empower and equip participants to develop the skills necessary to be a missionary leader in the Church today. The year-long course provides a highly practical and encounter based formation process with special focus areas of Youth Ministry, Adult Evangelisation and Music Ministry. Further details can be found in the brochure. Accreditation is given through University of Notre Dame and the course adds up to 5/8ths of the requirements for a Diploma of Ministry.

We are looking to create pilot groups in either or both the Macarthur & Wollongong regions.  Participants would engage in the course via a live stream of the weekly sessions at these central locations. Participants would also be required to attend the various intensives and mission placement opportunities (most likely your current leadership role) that form part of the course.

Applications for our Diocesan groups close on 30th November 2019. For more information please contact Darren McDowell at [email protected] or 02 4222 2463.  Information can also be found at

Click here to download the course prospectus


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