For Students in Grades 68
|Junior Youth Group Advisers|
Youth Ministry ... it’s about discipleship
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The first goal of youth ministry is “to empower young people to
live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.” (RTV 9).
Young people are “searching for a noble adventure”, a compelling and challenging
vision of life, and a cause worth their commitment. They hunger to hear the Good News that
finds response in discipleship. As their companions on this spiritual journey, some of
the ways the Church fulfills this first goal of youth ministry is by ...
- Proclaiming the Good News of Jesus through witness and word to young people.
- Enabling young people to live as disciples through their involvement in service, ministry, and leadership opportunities.
- Providing young people the faith skills for discipleship.
Youth Ministry ... it’s about connection
The second goal is “to draw young people to responsible participation in the life,
mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.”
Young people have a hunger for connection, to be in relationship, and to belong. Family,
peers, school, youth serving organizations, and church are primary connections for young
people. Some of the ways the church fulfills this second goal of youth ministry is by ...
- Being a ‘youth friendly’ community that welcomes young people, values their participation, and calls forth their gifts.
- Integrating young people into the liturgical, pastoral, and ministerial life of the parish community.
- Creating opportunities for young people to enter into healthy relationships of trust and respect with their peers and with adults.
- Promoting Catholic identity and religious literacy through programs of adolescent catechesis.
Youth Ministry ... it’s about gifts and growth
The third goal of youth ministry is “to foster the total personal and spiritual growth
of each young person.”
Adolescence is an important time for mental, spiritual, social, and physical growth. Their
experiences and relationships greatly influence their healthy and positive development.
The Church strives to surround young people with the best possible external scaffolds—networks
of caring relationships of family, school, peers, and other adults—while young people are
developing their internal psychological and spiritual backbone—their values, life skills,
commitments, and moral compass. The church fulfills this third goal of youth ministry by...
- Enabling young people to develop a personal relationship with Jesus.
- Actively supporting positive youth development and fostering healthy values and life skills.
- Supporting families of young people by providing resources, programs, and services.
- Providing opportunities to experience and express caring, service, and compassion for others.