Step 2: Engaging and enabling the whole community by building an Apostolate

Engagement and enabling the whole community. Build an apostolate by:

To continue building a climate for change, you should form an apostolate or powerful coalition of people from across the organisation, movement or social group. This group acts as a steering committee, and should be formed under the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, with emphasis on collegiality and subsidiarity.

For example, you’re unlikely to undertake a successful change-driven transition in an organisation, around the theme of litter or waste, unless your cleaners and groundspeople are involved in decision-making process. Disregarding their voice or excluding them from the conversation means that at the grassroots level – where the litter is happening – there won’t be support for your initiative, and they are less likely to be a champion for your waste-free workplace. The cleaners and groundspeople are therefore a vital part of your committee.

Secondly, you’d be unlikely to have any successful change that required a budgetary allocation if you did not have a member of your executive team involved in a committee and managing the finances of the project. Collaborative, authentic engagement and ensuring efficiencies and professionalism demands are met with ensure a smooth day-day operation of the program.

Put simply: you should involve multiple stakeholders in your steering committee, and select a coordinator to lead the conversation as you progress in the change journey. It is often advised to appoint an assistant coordinator or chair, and rotate chair-driven roles in the following 12 months to ensure dynamic approach incorporating multiple voices.

In an education setting, student-led change is the best mechanism for growing the leaders of tomorrow; therefore, younger students need teachers who guide and support them as they mature, and learn to think and act more independently. Ultimately, it would be the students who manage the processes of a committee’s function and the outcomes of the committee’s work, but still under the supervision of a lead teacher.

  • We will be populating this section with strategies and practical actions you can take as a school, parish, community or hospital. These strategies will form part of our certification system; check back early 2020 for an update.