Youth Ministry

What is youth ministry?

"Youth Ministry is important in the life of the Church! In this grace-filled moment, you and I are called, by the Lord, to do this important ministry. 

It is an exciting time to do Youth Ministry in this 'moment of grace,' especially with the election of Pope Francis. His humility, simplicity and example is prompting the world, especially among young people.

In order to adapt our ministry in this challenging world, we need to be clear about what we are being asked to do by the Lord Jesus. We are being asked to help young people answer the single most important question of their lives: the call to evangelization.

Youth Ministry is bringing the Good News to young people by the art of living well - and it begins and ends with the Lord. May we remain faithful to the challenges of our own time, and using the gifts before us, including technology, may we bring many young people to live well in this life and in the next."

-His Excellancy, The Most Reverent Frank J. Caggiano of Bridgeport, Connecticut Member of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, USCCB

 
Who are youth? 

 Young people are defined as adolescents from the ages of 12-18 in junior high or high school.

 
Goals of Youth Ministry

#1: To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today. 
Youth Ministry should begin to teach adolescents what a life of discipleship looks like. As baptized members of the Church, youth are called to serve others and to serve Christ, bringing about the Kingdom of God on earth in unique ways. It is the youth minister, pastor, or parent's job to empower adolescents to live Christian lives of discipleship. Youth are empower to live "the joy of the Gospel and the strength of the Eucharist" (St. John Paul II, 1995 World Day of Prayer for Vocations). 

#2 To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith community.

#3 To better foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person. 
"The Church is concerned for the whole person, addressing the young people's special needs in the context of his or her whole life" (Renewing Vision). Youth Ministry in the Church should promote holistic growth and development; that is, growth and development of the entire person.