Few careers can offer you a better opportunity to develop time management and people skills than as a FOCUS missionary!
After our hiring season comes to an end in May, our missionaries and national staff convene for five weeks in the summer at New Staff Training on the beautiful campus of Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, FL. New Staff Training has been described as part graduate school, part boot camp, and part retreat.
Each missionary receives more than 400 hours of practical training from some of the nation’s most influential and gifted teachers and authors, including Dr. Peter Kreeft, Jeff Cavins, Fr. Robert Spitzer, Dr. Edward Sri, and many others. We take courses in Scripture, Apologetics, Evangelization, Discipleship, Church Teaching, Leadership, Stewardship and Fundraising.
We meet our campus teams and have time to plan for the upcoming year on campus. Other components of summer training include prayer, daily Mass, many opportunities for the sacrament of Reconciliation and spiritual direction, practical workshops, and plenty of fun time.
In addition to our summer training, qualified veteran missionaries can take advantage of our newly created Leadership Development Initiative (LDI), developed by internal and external management experts and corporate executives. The LDI is a comprehensive training initiative that prepares leaders for future success in management and team dynamics, versatile skills that are vital for a career in FOCUS and the secular world.
While we make a tremendous investment in our missionaries through our outstanding training program, much of what they learn cannot be fully appropriated until they have faced a variety of campus experiences. Staff members often find that the first four to six months on campus are an extended training period and that it is during their second year that they acquire greater confidence and comfort in their position such that they are able to fully embrace their role.