Missionary Guide Program
Deadlines for 2021-2023 class to be announced Spring 2021
Creatio is offering a full-time position to an adventurous, organized, self-motivated and highly skilled individual who is in love with his/her Catholic faith and has a passion to share it with others through outdoor adventures and mission trips.
Who We Are: Creatio is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit Catholic organization in the state of Colorado, and our mission is to guide all people to encounter the beauty of creation and the Creator through service to the poor, mission trips, outdoor adventure and environmental stewardship.
What We Do: Creatio works to promote the mission of reconciling human persons with the environment through service to the poor, mission trips, outdoor adventure and environmental stewardship. Through these experiences, we work to create an environment of encounter – encounter with God, with ourselves, with others, and with creation. Creatio members are volunteers, professionals, and friends working to address environmental and human issues on a deeper level. Our goal is to facilitate an active transformation of ourselves and others, as well as the environment.
Start date: November 2020
Commitment: We ask that participants make a commitment of two years from the start date. Additional commitment can be determined at the end of the initial years.
Location: Denver, CO
Experience Planning & Guiding: Diligently plan and confidently lead outdoor adventures and mission trips, including thorough trip preparation, execution, and follow-up, while keeping participants safe, engaged, and having fun. This includes scheduling, budgeting, communication with participants and locals, logistics planning, leading talks, directing work projects, enforcing safety protocol, etc. A typical Missionary Guide will lead or co-lead 8-15 multi-day Experiences (around 2-5 of those international) and many day trips in a given year.
Discipleship: Actively live out a “culture of invitation” by forming authentic friendships with people in your everyday life (at the gym, coffee shop, concert, etc.) and at the proper time, engage in spiritual dialogue and activities, inviting them to have encounters with Christ and His Church through Creatio Experiences. Host a men’s/women’s small group dive deeper into the bible, church teachings, virtues, etc.
In-Office Specialization: Utilize your specific gifts and talents or learn new ones to advance the mission of Creatio in a distinct area (e.g. marketing, care for creation, local initiatives, etc).
Support Raising: Engage family, friends, and anyone who may be interested in the mission of Creatio to financially support your efforts as a missionary. You will receive a stipend your first two months, after which time you are expected to be fully self-sufficient with support.
Outreach: Identify and connect with potential trip participants, organizations, universities and parishes to form new relationships and grow the impact of Creatio worldwide.
Certifications: Become certified as a Wilderness First Responder and Certified Outdoor Guide (Creatio will cover cost of these).
Travel: Fly to mission and adventure locations throughout the world to guide participants to encounter the beauty of creation and the Creator.
Qualified Candidates will Possess:
A profound desire to lead others into a deep relationship with Christ and the Catholic Church, especially those who are not practicing Catholic.
Proficiency in Spanish (conversational at minimum).
Desire to serve the poor and improve the livelihood of others.
Experience organizing or leading mission and/or adventure trips.
Exceptional leadership skills with the ability to work effectively in a team and independently as demonstrated by previous work or internship experience.
Problem solving skills, strong attention to detail and critical thinking abilities.
Good writing and verbal communication skills.
International travel experience.
Ability to work with a diverse client base from various cultures, languages and backgrounds.
Tentative Timeline (first six months)
• In office orientation
• In office support raising training
• Staff outdoor excursion and spiritual formation
• Travel back home for support raising
• [At home for support raising]
• [At home for support raising]
• Onboarding training
• Wilderness First Responder Training
• Training continues
• Start planning & leading Experiences
• Continue planning & leading Experiences
Frequently Asked Questions
1.) What are your expectations for the support raising aspect of the job?
The expectation is that after receiving thorough support raising training, you will be sent home for approximately seven weeks, after which time the majority of your support raising will be completed (you will have mission partners supporting monthly). On an ongoing basis, you will dedicate around 4-8 hours/week of your time to steward existing mission partners and identify new ones as necessary.
2.) How extensive is your support raising training?
This consists of a two day workshop. We will have support raising advisers available to you throughout your employment to answer questions, mentor you, and give feedback on the support raising process. You will also participate in a weekly one-on-one support raising meeting. We all want you to succeed so our team is here for you and has many tips to share.
3.) Do you provide housing?
No. The applicant is responsible for including housing in his/her support raising budget. Creatio can assist with housing recommendations.
4.) Am I personally responsible for the cost of my own mission travel expenses?
No. We will cover the cost of all mission travel expenses.
5.) Is there room for advancement within your organization?
Yes – since we are a growing organization, there is a ton of room for advancement. This will be based on your desire to take on new roles as you get more familiar with Creatio.
6.) Your tentative timeline covers months 1 through 7; Do you have a sense of the nature of the job after this training period?
We will continue to have several more pilgrimages, adventures and missions ongoing after the initial seven months. The role will remain pretty consistent for the remainder of the year with your focus being on guiding Experiences, outreach to your local community, and maintaining your support raising goal.
7. What else can you tell me about support raising?
God has given us the great gift of calling us to serve Him in a very concrete way by physically going to the poorest of the poor. We have the great opportunity to look into the faces of the people we will serve. What a blessing! Many people do not have the opportunity to serve in such a concrete way; however, we have the opportunity to invite others to join us in this mission. God calls us all to be missionaries in different ways. “Some give by going, others go by giving.” We have the ability to help others answer their specific call from God. Asking others to join in this mission is opening up a door for them to serve the Lord. It is a gift to them!