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
Let us know how we can work together for the good of the young Church!