Help Wanted -Part Time
Are you excited about NFP? There are plenty of ways to help spread the word, and you can start small. So, grab a shovel:
Pray for us.
That's what we need most. We have powerful enemies.
Get your guy involved.
Out there in our society, "protection" is the woman's job. NFP is totally different: you work as a couple, and share responsibility. Then you will be a good example for those around you. So get over the macho thing. (Read Ephesians 5 for advice.)
You've started that by perusing this website and its links. Read one of the books on NFP and/or take a class. Check out the issues: abortifacients, effectiveness, health problems, etc. Attend live presentations on the subject; come to the CCL convention. Hang around with a support group, or join an e-mail list group.
Tell somebody else.
Somebody you know needs to hear the facts about NFP. The most effective publicity is word of mouth. Tell your friends, relatives, doctor, and pastor. Pass along our website URL too: cny.ccli.org.
A no-cost thing to do is stop supporting supporters of Planned Parenthood. When you donate to big charity conglomerates like the United Way, PP gets a cut to do their dirty work. Probably your phone and internet company does too. Sign up for Sienna for phone, cell, long distance and Internet (877-474-3662), and the profits go to fund NFP, marital chastity, and pro-life organizations.
You're saving a lot using NFP, so give something back. Most of the organizations listed on our Resources page are non-profit charities that need donations to subsidize the cost of teacher training, promotion, and teaching. Paying dues to CCL gets you a useful magazine, so it helps you too.
NFP is much cheaper than contraceptives, so your money goes a long way. And the right way.
Be a Promoter.
As far as we know, only CCL has official Promoters. They publicize classes in posters and bulletins, plus talking to clergy, doctors, and skeptics. This takes a higher level of devotion, commitment, persistence, and guts than just telling your friends (well, maybe convincing strangers is easier than your friends?). It's best if there's a teacher nearby, because Promoters are not trained to teach. If not, you can refer people to the appropriate book or home study course. There's some training involved, but it takes mostly enthusiasm and some spare time (a few hours a month). And, you have to agree with CCL's ethics.
As for other method teachers, well, we doubt they would turn down the same type of help.
Be a teacher.
This, of course, is where you can most directly help people learn NFP. We can certainly use the help, because there are many areas with no teachers. You could just hang out your shingle and start teaching, because there's no national "certification", but we wouldn't recommend it. After learning it well yourself, it takes a while to learn it well enough to explain it to other people. It took us a year of correspondence and reading. To be part of a Catholic diocesan program, you must meet certain standards.
Some teachers are paid; CCL's Teaching Couples are all volunteers. Some training is expensive; CCL's is free. Creighton's NaProTech program incorporates NFP into medical treatment, but all others steer clear of practicing medicine or spiritual pastoring. Some Catholic dioceses have their own programs and train their teachers. Of the programs we looked at, CCL was the best for us for several reasons, but you'll have to find what organization and method suits you best. Read our "NFP Primer" if you want info on different methods. Our "resource" section has different books and organizations. Some can train you on-line. For more words of wisdom on teaching, go to Ethics and Medics magazine.
Teaching for CCL
CCL teacher training can take a year, because of mailing stuff back and forth; or, you can do it in a weekend crash course. There's a lot of biology, theology, and "people skills" to be learned, but giving classes is actually pretty easy. The material is all on slides and in the notes, so if you can read, you can teach. It's in answering the off-the-wall questions and counseling that you need some skill.
The other thing is that your spouse needs to be involved, just like in using NFP itself. That's the "Couple" in our name. A few single folks are teachers on their own, but they are rare. You DON'T have to be Catholic, but you must agree to present the Catholic principles right along with the Protestant viewpoint. And, you are NOT out to convert people to any religion.
We teach about the abortifacient properties of some contraceptives, and the biological facts of fetal development, but we leave the judgement of whether killing your unborn baby is wrong up to the clients. If you bottlefeed that's OK, but you have to teach lactation amenorrhea and the benefits of breastfeeding. If the "lady of the house" has a job, that's cool but do you really have enough time to teach? Your family comes first.
Join CCL and read the magazine to see if you agree with our ideals. Check out the local chapter websites, linked from the CCL website. Get in touch with the teachers closest to you for their input and advice. Write us if you have any deeper concerns or questions. And let us know sometime how you're doing.
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