Teacher Resource Portal
Getting Started with Mission
Resources to help teachers better
appreciate God's mission and
how we are called to live it
What is Mission and Why Teach It?
This resource offers a Scriptural basis for what mission is, how it has been lived in our tradition, and how we discern our own role in living the mission of God.
The Classroom as Small Christian Community
Practical starting points for forming classroom communities as communities of missionary disciples through communal prayer and discernment.
Moving Towards a Culture of Mission
This longer text outlines principles for embracing a missionary transformation in our Church communities.
How We Live the Mission - Seven Paths
This resource breaks down different ways we can live out the mission, as outlined by St. John Paul II in Redemptoris Missio. A great guide for discerning how to invite students into mission.
How to Form Communities of Missionary Disciples
Resources to help in your discernment about how your classrooms and school/parish communities can live the mission together
Forming Communities of Missionary Disciples
A resource for teachers to begin to plan how to engage students in mission. A great exercise for individual teachers, teams of teachers, and entire school faculties.
Service-Learning Framework/Discernment Tool
Teachers can use this framework and discernment questions to develop mission-minded service and outreach programs for students.
Rubric for Missionary Discipleship
What makes service and outreach "mission"? Students (middle school and up) and teachers alike can use this rubric to assess their own mission activity.
Discernment Quotes from Pope Francis
These quotes on what it means to be a Church driven by mission can help teachers and ministers reflect upon their own community and how it can more fully live the mission.
Discerning Your Mission Territory
This activity is excellent for discerning where you as a school or parish community are called to love more deeply. You can also invite students to do this activity.
Ready-to-use lessons and multimedia materials
Discover Your Neighbor Program
DYN by Maryknoll offers religious educators catechetical resources with a global perspective. We offer lesson plans, activities, prayers, Scriptural reflections, missionary action suggestions and more. Our educator guides are tied to four global themes throughout the year: Care of Creation (fall), Migration (Advent), Economic Justice (Lent), and the call to Go Forth (Easter/Pentecost). Explore DYN today!
Never Again: Executive Order 9066 of the Internment of Japanese Americans during WWII Activities
This lesson offers various activity options for students to break open the experience of Japanese Americans during their internment of WWII: taking a look at fear, courage, and when we feel called to take a stand.
(Further resource: Mass Tips and Prayer of the Faithful Resources)
Videos by Young People from Around the World
PLURAL+ is an initiative and contest dedicated to bringing the power of multimedia into the creative hands of young people. Maryknoll is a partner in this effort. These videos are available free online for classroom use! (Sample entry from Haiti)
Children of the Earth DVD Series
This set of 18 stories introduces students to other young people from around the world. They look at family. interests, culture and the joys of teens in Haiti, Tanzania, Guatemala, Philippines, Japan, the United States and eleven other countries. This series will enhance social studies, geography and religion classes.
Living God's Mission Lesson (Grades 7-12)
This lesson plan invites students consider God's nature as love, how we show love, and who is on the margins that they are called to love as Christ does.
Missionary Discipleship World Tables Lesson
This hour-long lesson is great for working with large groups of middle school students to learn about our world and reflect on discipleship..
High School Mission Trip Handbook
This is an excellent resource for engaging high school students before, during, and after a mission trip. Great for youth group trips, as well!