The pre-eminent doctrinal principle of leadership in the Church is founded in the fact that the church is a communio, the people of God. This understanding recognises that everyone shares in the responsibility of mission – the charism of Christian leadership is calling forth the gift in others to action that mission.
Religious leadership ensures that the gospel vision of Jesus and the Catholic Christian tradition permeate the life of the school community. It is characterised by an incarnational understanding of God, a sacramental view of the world, an engaging and collaborative missional perspective and the nurturing of the ecclesial identity of the Catholic school.
Religious leaders facilitate a dynamic process of growth in understanding and engagement with the gospel vision which opens students, staff and parents to a way of living that is authentic, spirit-centred and transformative. This is expressed in organisational structures, specific programs, the physical environment and the culture and ethos of the community.
Religious leaders provide opportunities to encounter the Catholic faith and tradition, to experience its gift in community and to promote a way of life in response to it.
Committed to their own continuing spiritual formation, they support and animate a community of life and worship where staff, students and parents are nurtured in their own faith journeys. As active members of a Eucharistic community, they support the life of the Church and have a deep appreciation of its beliefs and teachings.
BCE Religious leaders:
- Articulate and promote the Archdiocesan vision of Jesus Communion Mission.
- Nurture partnerships with the Parish, the Deanery, the wider Archdiocesan community and Church agencies.
- Articulate and promote the school’s mission, vision and founding story.
- Foster the Catholic ethos and identity of the school community, integrating beliefs and values into all facets of school life and learning.
- Articulate a contemporary understanding of theology and model attentiveness to their own spiritual formation for leadership.
- Foster the theological development and spiritual formation of staff.
- Give active leadership to the ritual and liturgical life of the school.
- Develop opportunities for Christian community service and social justice.
- Provide leadership in the Religious Education curriculum and the professional development of teaching staff