Ministry at Kolbe is reflected on and carried out by teams of staff and students. We have formed two ministry teams. The first team is made up of a small group of staff (Principal, Assistant Principal (Campus Ministry), Head of Religious Education, Christian Service Learning Coordinator). The second team is known as the Student Ministry Team.
1. The Ministry Team
The staff ministry team has been formed to meet regularly and reflect on the life of the College so as to determine its needs and how these needs can be met. It concerns itself with matters that relate to the well being of staff and students and to the mission of the College. Their reflection focuses on developing processes, strategies and events that deepen people’s understanding of the Christian vocation and provide opportunities for living, reflecting on and praying about following Jesus.
2. The Student Ministry Team
The students at Kolbe have their own ministry team. At present, it is made up of about 50 students drawn from all year levels and with representatives from the six Houses. This means the Student Ministry Team can act and reflect as House ministry teams, or as year ministry teams, or as a whole team. In reality, it does all three. The Student Ministry Team is led by two captains: the Christian Service Learning Captain and the Liturgy Captain. This structure reflects the evolutionary nature of the understanding of ministry in the College.
The Student Ministry Team responds to needs and initiatives that are concerned with caring for the world. This means that it becomes involved with other aspects of College life, such as the projects that are undertaken as part of KolbeCare, the College Christian Service Learning program. It also supports actions undertaken by individuals and groups within the College and outside the College that reflect the desire to respond like Jesus with love, compassion and justice, but only to the extent that it can given the other elements of the curriculum offered by the College.
3. Future Developments
In time, it is likely that the College will move to a model which has a Year 12 student leader supported by a leadership team of six peers who lead their House ministry teams. The Ministry Captain and the House ministry leaders will be joined by staff members to form a College Ministry Team.