The Office for Evangelization desires that all who serve in leadership positions be well equipped and trained to pass on the faith. Throughout the year, we offer a number of opportunities throughout the year for youth ministers and volunteers.
Youth Ministry Appreciation Night
Once a year, the Office for Evangelization hosts an Appreciation Night. This event is open to all adults who lead youth ministry (staff or volunteer) who work with youth in Middle School, High School, and Confirmation and their Core Team volunteers. They include prayer, a keynote talk, toasts, and an award ceremony.
Youth Workers Retreat
Once a year, the Office for Evangelization offers a retreat for Youth Ministers. This retreat will be a chance for the youth ministers and volunteers to step away from their jobs and take time to re-focus on Christ through prayer, discussion, inspirational talks, sacraments, and community.
All who work in a catechetical ministry are encouraged to participate in a diocesan catechetical training provided by the Office for Christian Formation. To find out more information about Pathways, visit the Office of Christian Formation.
Monthly YM Meet-Ups
All those who lead youth ministry at their parishes are encouraged to join us for our Diocesan YM Meet-Ups held every second Tuesday of the month at 1pm on Zoom. Each month, we focus on different topics, with some having presenters and others being discussion-based. Some of these conversations have led to useful handouts beyond the meeting itself. Called “A Quick Look At…”, click below for the pdf handouts:
- Tips for Youth Group
- Advice for New YMs
- The Question of Homosexuality
- Fostering Vocations
- The Catholic Response to Racism
- Zoom Meetings
- Social Ministry with Youth
- Catholic School Teens
- The Art of Accompaniment
- Loneliness and Isolation
- Faith and Sports
- Transitioning High School Seniors to College
- Youth Minister Burnout & Core Team Morale
- Volunteers: Finding & Keeping Them
- How to Talk About War & Conflict
Foster the Good
A lunch speaker series co-hosted by the Office of Evangelization and the Office of Social Ministries and open to all parish staff and volunteers. The last week of each month will feature a lunch time speaker who will present on a relevant issue or method of ministry. Relevant resources, implementation guides, and trainings are posted following the event. See past topics and register for the next one by heading to the Foster the Good webpage.
Certificate in Youth Ministry
Looking for further intensive training in youth ministry? Consider getting your Certificate in Youth Ministry! The following organizations have certificate programs that fall in line with our vision of youth ministry:
- Certificate Program in Youth Ministry Studies, by EQ Saints
- Youth Ministry Certificate, by Life Teen and Franciscan University
- Youth Ministry Track, by Franciscan University’s Catechetical Institute
Interested in pursuing a certificate or master’s degree through the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Institute? Check out the LEMI webpage!
Organizations with Helpful Resources for Youth Ministers
There are a number of national organizations, apostolates, and ministries that are helpful to youth ministry by providing resources or trainings that youth ministers can use. Please see below for a list: