Our talks and workshops

At Virtue Ministry, we cater to both religious and non-religious settings as we understand not everyone experiences the world through the same lens as us. We achieve this through upholding our Christian values of love, respect, and dignity, whilst meeting people where they are at.

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The following are the Non-religious sessions we offer

Talk (40-50min) / Interactive Workshops (60-90min)

Ambassadors

What does it mean to be an ambassador for something? Before we can each answer what our role as ambassadors should be, we need to first know what our Mission and Purpose in life is. From here we discuss flourishing, success, and happiness as gifts along the way of fighting for and working towards human excellence. 
One practical element of being an Ambassador involves public speaking. This workshop will include public speaking skills and opportunities for students to practice what they are taught.

Suitable for: Middle Primary School through to High School


Leadership

In this session we explore the misconceptions of leadership including seeing the difference between a simply assertive person and an authentic leader.  We also explore ways in which we can become leaders in our own lives, and the integral part character development plays into this.

The workshop includes identifying personal strengths and areas for growth in our daily lives.

Suitable for: Senior Primary school and High School students

Sincere Friendship

Friendship is a relationship seldom spoken about and often expected to be taught by the playground. But in fact, friendship has certain universal qualities and others which have become apparent to be missing in our current times. We explore what a sincere friend is and how we can become one. We explore friendship as being more than someone that we simply went to school with OR met at a party or an event. We help to identify Toxic and Healthy friendships and ways in which we can draw healthy friendships into our lives.

The workshop identifies specific friendships already existing in our lives and their healthy and not so healthy attributes.

Suitable for: ALL

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Foundational Sessions in a Christian Setting

Talk (40-50min) / Workshops (60-90min)

What is Virtue?

The beginning and end of Virtue is always Love. So, to answer this question, we first look at what is love, and why the opposite of love is not hate. We explore various thoughts including that of Aristotle, Aquinas and John Paul II. We answer where habits come into play and both how and why we grow in virtue — tying the question, what does Virtue have to do with Holiness?

Workshop: Includes age appropriate exploration of personal values, beliefs about self and life goals.

Suitable for: ALL


Ambassadors for Christ

Being an ambassador means firstly knowing our purpose and our mission in life. From here we can discuss the way our ambassadorial role will look. As Christians we have been sent on a mission and within this mission, we all have a specific role to play. This talk includes personal testimony stories of Stina having been City Ambassador, Miss Wagga Wagga.

We discuss human flourishing, real success, and happiness as fruits along the way of fighting for and working towards human excellence.

Workshop: One practical element of an ambassador is Public Speaking. In this workshop we cover various elements of public speaking from preparation, audience engagement and various tools in sharing a message.

Suitable for: ALL


Authentic Leadership

In this session we explore the misconceptions of leadership including common ways leaders can miss the target. We discuss the goal of an authentic leader and how we can become leaders in our own lives through virtuous leadership. We delve into the importance of character development modelled on Christ; and in turn becoming more fully ourselves.

Workshop: Includes identifying personal strengths and areas for growth in our daily lives.

Suitable for: ALL


Virtuous Friendship

Friendship is a relationship seldom spoken about and often expected to be taught by the playground. But in fact, friendship has certain universal qualities and others which have become apparent to be missing in our current times. We explore 3 types of friendship — and the 5 components that are necessary for any friendship. We also tackle the question of ‘what does love mean?’ in the context of friendship.

Workshop: Identifies specific friendships which already exist in our lives, including their healthy and not so healthy attributes and what we can do with these.

Suitable for: ALL


Romantic Partnership

Re-claiming ‘committed love’ amid a culture of unanchored desires, and fleeting feelings. Difference between a spouse and a partner. Being in partnership. Genuine love (biblical love). What does Love mean in the context of romantic relationship? (God, Time, Trust, Honesty and Virtue). Natural end of romantic partnership (Some ToB). Practically navigating romantic relationships, growing from and the importance of friendship.   

This session focuses on reclaiming ‘committed love’ amid a culture of unanchored desires and flickering feelings. We discuss the difference between ‘hanging out’ and dating as well as the difference between a ‘spouse’ and the more modern notion of a ‘partner’. This session delves deep into Genuine love, which includes the importance of growing in friendship and what this means practically in a romantic relationship. The session includes the 5 components that are necessary, as well as the natural end of a romantic partnership.   

Workshop: Age appropriately explores a 6 step, sign-posted pathway for navigating romantic relationships.

Suitable for: Age 14 and Above ONLY. Tailored.

Your True Self – (Split stream)

Feminine/ Daughter – Feminine genius (female only) (open to talk names)

This session explores the heart of a daughter and what it reveals about God, as well as his love. As we take a walk through the garden of Eden, we explore the profound dignity that is the crown of creation, as well as the genius in the way we relate to another. This session also explores different facets of the culture that attempts to undermine and tarnish the heart of woman, and ways to overcome this.   

Workshop: Age appropriate exploration of who am I as a daughter of God, who is another woman to me, and what do I have to offer this world?
Suitable for: Age 14 and Above only. Tailored        

Masculine/ Son – Masculine Brilliance (male only) (open to talk names)

This session explores the heart of a son and what it reveals about God, as well as his love. As we take a walk through the garden of Eden, we explore the profound calling placed upon man, as well as the brilliance in the way we live among others on this earth. In this session we explore different facets of the culture that tries to tame the strength of a man’s heart by undermining it, and we instead offer ways to guide and steer this same heart towards the heroism that he is made for.

Workshop: Age-appropriate exploration of 'who I am as a Son of God, who am I in relation to another'? And, 'what is the mission set before me?'
Suitable for: Age 14 and Above only. Tailored         


How we relate to one another (presenter swap) — Complementarity

My Brother’s Keeper (female audience, male presenter).

This session explores ‘Why we need each other’ and the need for Complementarity, not just sameness. We take a walk through the Garden of Eden through the eyes of Adam and explore the nature of the original design as a cherished and delighted sister in Christ. Through an exploration of modern wounds played out from the fall – the heart of a man (VM Speaker) boldly speaks words of truth and healing to his sisters before him. The women are invited to embrace their calling to wholeness as ‘women and daughters’ of God.

Suitable for: Age 14 and Above only. Tailored     

My Sister’s Keeper (male audience, female presenter).

This session explores ‘Why we need each other’ and the need for Complementarity, not just sameness. We take a walk through the Garden of Eden through the eyes of Eve and explore the nature of the original design and her need for Adam’s brilliance, including being the fierce guardian of a woman’s heart. Through an exploration of modern wounds played out from the fall – the heart of a woman (VM Speaker) pours of truth and healing to her brothers before her. The men are left with a calling to embrace their wholeness as ‘men and sons’ of God.

Suitable for: Age 14 and Above only. Tailored    


Virtue Challenge

This session begins with a personal testimony from the speaker about the impact of the challenge spiritually, growth in character as well as practical implications. We then walk though a step-by-step guide on the How and why of the virtue challenge as well as the practicals for being successful and potential pitfalls to look out for.

Workshop: Creating a practical plan to implement beyond the session for growing in Virtue

Suitable for: ALL

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Workshops ONLY (50min – 1.5hrs)

Discipline

These workshops look closely at the need for integration of Mind, Body and Soul as a whole human BE-ing, rather than simply DO-ing life with meaningless and unintentional activity. The workshop explores the following;

The need for physical health and wellbeing and the importance of caring for the body we have been gifted

    • a. Women’s Workshop – Dancing
    • b. Men’s Workshop – Work Out

The importance of mental and emotional health and resilience.

    • Attention skills training of what goes on in our minds
    • Simple emotional regulation skills

Recognising the gift of our soul, who it belongs to, and the responsibility entrusted to us. This includes having a regular prayer life that is suitable to each person:

    • Exploring options including but not limited to – silent meditation, music reflections, scripture reading and meditation etc.     

Suitable for: ALL

The 7 capital Sins

This interactive workshop looks at the various elements of the 7 capital sins (pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony and sloth) including what someone struggling from each sin might prioritise. Then we explore their opposing virtues, what Christ teaches us from the cross about these virtues and ways in which we can exercise and grow in each of these areas.

Suitable for: Senior High School and Adults


AVAILABLE IN 2021 

Supernatural Virtues vs Natural Virtue

In this session we take a closer look at the gift of the virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity (Love). These gifts drive and direct us to God. Though given to us as gifts, they require our full cooperation in order to grow, and the human virtues assist in this growth in the moral life.

Suitable for: Senior High School and Adults


AVAILABLE IN 2021 

Foundational Virtues

Each of the four foundational virtues of justice, temperance, fortitude and prudence are explored in separate workshops. In each workshop, the virtue is outlined including the areas in which the four virtues work together and overlap. The workshop involves an interactive exploration of ways we can exercise and grow in these virtues.

Suitable for: Senior High School and Adults

Other

Our speakers are always excited to explore topic areas if your educational institution, or event organisers have particular needs.

The following are some examples;

Stina Constantine

  • Personal Testimony; from living with insecurity of migration issues and trust exercises to City Ambassador and Founder of Virtue Ministry.
  • YesYear turned FIATLife.
  • ‘I thirst’ – Love on the cross
  • Mental health, integration and Virtue
  • Battleground of the mind (Capturing lies)
  • Strategies for Facing the pressures of the world
  • Being a Christian in a post-Christian workspace and educational setting.
  • Work ethic and sanctifying work
  • Jealousy & Envy (for Women ONLY)
  • Beauty; physical and the interior (Women ONLY)

Andrew Flores

  • Personal Testimony; from lukewarm to being plucked as diocesan Youth Worker.
  • Fight the Good Fight
  • Marriage (secular and sacred perspectives)
  • Life of a husband and father
  • Young Catholic professionals entering the workforce
  • Being a Catholic University student
  • Classroom lessons into Virtue

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