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!
Introducing the Kelly Vazquez Youth Ministry Award
Do you know a youth ministry leader who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in serving youth? Nominate him or her to receive the Kelly Vazquez Youth Ministry Award! The winner of the award will be recognized during the Youth Spectacular on March 21, 2020 and will receive 4 complementary tickets to the event. In addition, the winner will receive a $250 prize to be used towards a professional ministerial development resource or event of their choice.
The deadline for all nominations to be received is February 17. For guidelines and additional details, click here.