MINISTRY WITH ADOLESCENTS HELPS YOUNG PEOPLE LEARN WHAT IT MEANS TO FOLLOW JESUS CHRIST AND TO LIVE AS HIS DISCIPLES TODAY, EMPOWERING THEM TO SERVE OTHERS AND TO WORK TOWARD A WORLD BUILT ON THE VISION AND VALUES OF THE REIGN OF GOD. (USCCB, RENEWING THE VISION: A FRAMEWORK FOR CATHOLIC YOUTH MINISTRY)
Journeying with young people in the Catholic faith is one of the most exciting and rewarding ministry experiences for a leader. Our hope is that young people will encounter Christ in real and powerful ways. By promoting a culture of discipleship in Youth Ministry, we aim to inspire a lifelong practice of faith born from a profound appreciation of the gifts found within the Catholic Church.
Comprehensive ministry with adolescents incorporates the following eight components:
• Community Life
|• Justice and Service|
• Leadership Development
• Pastoral Care
• Prayer and Worship
These components provide a framework for the Catholic community to respond to the needs of young people and to involve young people in sharing their unique gifts with the larger community. They provide a structure for the Church’s ministry with adolescents, while encouraging local creativity in developing programs, activities, and strategies for each component. (From: USCCB, Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry)
EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS FOR, WITH, AND BY YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH IS YOUTH MINISTRY!
The Archdiocese provides:
• Archdiocesan-wide events for Middle and High School youth, like Youth Spectacular
• Training and support for our youth ministry and catechetical leaders
• Resources for parishes and parents
• Financial assistance for Catechetical, Youth Ministry and Formation resources
Let us know how we can work together for the good of the young Church!