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The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry is working in conjunction with the Center for Ministry Development to provide leadership training for Coordinators of Youth Ministry and adult volunteers. By sponsoring the Certificate Program in Youth Ministry Studies, our diocese is making this national leadership training program available to local parish and school leaders, and volunteers.
The Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies is a dynamic way to train leaders in the vision and practice of the Catholic Bishops’ of the United States pastoral plan for youth ministry, Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry (USCCB, 1997). This program provides a ministry education for youth ministry, campus ministry, and religious education leaders, combining resources for youth ministry theory, skills, and practice.
Course topics include Principles of Youth Ministry, Practices of Youth Ministry, Foundations for Ministry Leadership, Skills for Christian Leadership, Fostering the Faith Growth of Youth through Evangelization and Catechesis, Justice and Service, Pastoral Care, and Prayer and Worship. Currently, more than 1000 adults are involved in sites sponsored by 50 dioceses and universities across the United States and Canada.
Classes are held in the summer (June and July), annually. Each class is two full days in length. A minimum of 20 persons is needed for courses to be held.
Study groups have been formed for those who have taken classes but have yet to finish the homework. Find out where the nearest study group is to you. Email us.
See brochure for full description of courses.
For more information, contact the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.
Intense new studies program trains people to be ‘better servants of the Lord through youth ministry’ (Hawaii Catholic Herald, August 2014)