Youth ministers prepare for post-WYD youth ministry boom

A working group is seeking help youth ministers in its efforts to compose a vision statement that will help meet the expected surge in interest after World Youth Day.

Working group leader Karen Lunney said World Youth Day will leave a lasting impact on young people in this country and a desire to develop youth minstry.

"The Vision Statement will be an important document that outlines why youth ministry and young people are a vital part of our church today, and will give a framework around which many models of youth ministry can grow," Mrs Lumney said.

The Australian Network of Diocesan Youth Ministry Coordinators (ANDYMC) have been working with the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life (BCPL) and collaborating with the WYD office, Bishop Joe Grech and the Australian Catholic Youth Council to develop the statement.

The BCPL have agreed the three goals of Youth Ministry are: to empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in the world today; to draw young people into responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic Faith Community; and to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.

Copies of the feedback sheet, interim report and notes from the June Symposium can be downloaded from Last call for responses (National Youth Ministry Vision Statement Working Group)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Vision for Youth Ministry

Archbishop says youth are God's "secret agents" (CathNews, 01/06/06)
First National Youth Symposium set for July (CathNews, 23/02/06)
World youth ministry leaders to attend Sydney Symposium (CathNews, 30/03/06)
WYD registrations exceeding expectations (CathNews, 04/09/07)

26 Nov 2007