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Do you want your students to take their faith more seriously? Want them to live more intentionally and with a focus on things that really matter in life? Then check out this assignment.

Inspired by a holy friend and mentor, Plan to Be a Saint is designed to help your students prayerfully discern the kind of saint God is calling them to be and then create a vision for how they can work towards a life of true holiness and purpose. Not only is this an assignment that students really enjoy, but it has the possibility of being incredibly life-changing for them as well.

This assignment asks students to:

  • Come up with a personal mission statement that defines who you are and how you will live.
  • Create a list of positive “I” statements which describe you as if you were already the best version of yourself.
  • Set short and long-term S.M.A.R.T. goals that can help motivate you and lead you in the direction of being who God is calling you to be.
  • Track your Plan to Be a Saint progress with a fun "habit tracker" (2 options for students to choose from!)
  • Think of 3 heroes (on earth or in Heaven) that possess qualities or characteristics that you would like to imitate in your own life.

Stories and examples (along with 9 pages of extremely detailed, step-by-step notes on exactly what to do and say throughout this multiple-day lesson) will help you teach and explain the grand scope of this assignment. Plan to Be a Saint can be used in connection with New Year Resolutions, the season of Lent, the close of a school year, lessons on Jesus/saints/discipleship, or any time you want your students to pull back a bit to reflect on their lives and do something that will draw them closer to God and the saints He wants them to be.

Included in your digital download:

- *NEW for 2022: 2 fun and game-changing "habit trackers" (with full instructional video to show your students!)

- Plan to Be a Saint Lesson Plan (extremely detailed, step-by-step notes on exactly what to do and say throughout this multiple-day lesson) 

- Plan to Be a Saint assignment (introduction, instructions, and examples to help guide your students)

- Plan to Be a Saint worksheet

- Plan to Be a Saint - Envelope Instructions

- Mission Statement from Dan Moran (friend/mentor who originally inspired this lesson)

- Greg Aitchison’s Plan to Be a Saint (examples from my own Plan to Be a Saint to help and inspire students with this assignment)

- All files provided in both PDF and editable formats such as Microsoft Word, Keynote (Mac), and Powerpoint (PC)


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