Comprehensive Youth Ministry

Ifound this on the net. I find it to be a very helpful framework:

Essential Componets of Comprehensive Youth Ministry

Ministry of Advocacy: As a church, we need to provide strong moral leadership, to stand up for adolescents, especially those who are voiceless and powerless in society. We are called to use our resources to shape a society more respectful of the life, dignity and rights of adolescents and their families.

Ministry of Catechesis: the ministry of catechesis assists adolescents in learning how to connect Scriptures and Tradition of the Church with real life. It helps youth develop their relationships with Jesus and the family community. Genuine faith is a total response of the whole person and catechesis addresses all dimension — mind, heart and will.

Ministry of Community Life: Community life is developed by activities that build trust, encourage relationships and are age appropriate. Communal life is nurtured when the atmosphere is welcoming, comfortable, safe and predictable — youth ministry calls all young people, as valued, gifted and cared for, to their rightful place in the community.

Ministry of Evangelization: Evangelization calls young people to bring the good news of the Gospel into every human situation, through witness, outreach, proclamation, invitation, conversion and discipleship.

Ministry of Justice and Service: Our faith is profoundly social. Justice and service are essential to who we are as God’s people and how we live our faith at home, in our community and in our world. We are called to work for justice, serve those in need, pursue peace, defend the life, dignity and rights of all our brothers and sisters. This is the call of Jesus, the urging of the Spirit, the challenge of the prophets and the living tradition of the Church.

Ministry of Leadership and Development: Every person is graced with certain gifts and talents. It is the role of youth ministry to help young people gain the skills needed to make the most of their God-given gifts for the service of the human community.

Ministry of Pastoral Care: The heart of pastoral care is most fundamentally a relationship — a ministry of compassionate presence. As young people face life’s decisions and make moral choices they need loving and caring adults who will walk with them. It is the role of youth ministry to make available the resources needed to help young people move toward wholeness.

Ministry of Prayer and Worship: All of us search for ways to experience God. Youth are no exception. Communal prayer, participation in the sacramental life of the Church, especially Eucharist, celebrate and deepen young people’s relationship with Jesus Christ. Young people are called into active participation in the liturgical life of the Church.

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