Intro to Youth and Young Adult Ministry

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Training on Youth and Young Adult Ministry for ArchBalt Seminarians

Training on Youth and Young Adult Ministry for ArchBalt Seminarians

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  • 1.
  • 2. As a youth, what have been your experiences with youth ministry?
    As a young adult, what have been your experiences with young adult ministry?
    As a seminarian, what have been your experiences with youth ministry?
    As a seminarian, what have been your experiences with young adult ministry?
  • 3.
  • 4. The Notre Dame theologian, Scott Appleby, said that “No previous generation of American Catholics, it could be argued, inherited so little of the content and sensibility of the faith from their parents as has today’s youth. At no point during the previous 150 years of Catholic life in America has a need for widespread catechesis and re-evangelization of broad segments of the Catholic community coincided with so dire a shortage in the number of priests, religious and seminarians.” (September 2001).
  • 5. National Study onYouth and Religion
  • 6. Purpose of Study:
    This study focused on 13-17 year olds to:
    Research the shape and influence of religion and spirituality in the lives of U.S. adolescents.
    2. Identify effective practices in the religious, moral, and social formation of young people
    3. Describe the extent to which young people participate in and benefit from the programs and opportunities that religious denominations are offering to their youth.
  • 7. Finding #1:
    Religion has a significant presence in the lives of many U.S. teens today.
  • 8. Finding #2:
    Contrary to many popular assumptions and stereotypes, the character of teenage religiosity in the U.S. is extraordinarily conventional.
  • 9. Finding #3:
    Religious education is failing –
    if by that we mean helping people understand what they believe.
  • 10. “Many teenagers know abundant detailsabout the lives of favorite musicians and television stars or about what it takes to get into a good college, but most are not very clear on who Moses and Jesus were.”
    -Dr. Christian Smith
  • 11. 17 year old, white Catholic boy from Wisconsin:
    “My religious beliefs, what’s good and bad, like you know, if you kill or rape someone, I think you’re screwed, give up on life ‘cause it’s over.”
    Then he added, “I’ll never stop being Catholic, even if I stop believing in God,
    I’ll still be Catholic.”
  • 12. 15 year old conservative Protestant Hispanic boy from Texas:
    “I’m sure God exists and like, helps people and answers their prayers, that’s pretty much it.”
    [Do you believe in Jesus?] “Ah, yes…I think (little laugh). I don’t know, I don’t know.”
  • 13. Finding #4:
    Most U.S. teens have a difficult to impossible time explaining what they believe, what it means, and what the implications of their beliefs are for their lives.
  • 14. 17 year old mainline Lutheran boy from Colorado:
    “Uh, well, I don’t know, um, well, I don’t
    really know. Being a Lutheran,
    confirmation was a big thing but I didn’t
    really know what it was and I still don’t.
    I really don’t know what being
    a Lutheran means.”
  • 15. “Indeed, it was our distinct sense that for many of the teens we interviewed, our interview was the first time that any adult had ever asked them what they believed and how it mattered in their life.”
    -Dr. Christian Smith
  • 16. Finding #5:
    Regardless of the denomination, most U.S. teens are “Moralistic Therapeutic Deists”
  • 17. 15 year old Hispanic conservative Protestant girl from Florida:
    “God is like someone who is always there for you, I don’t know, it’s like God is God. He’s just like somebody that’ll always help you go through whatever you’re going through. When I became a Christian I was just praying and it always made me feel better.”
  • 18. 14 year old Jewish girl from Washington:
    “I guess for me Judaism is more about how you live your life. Part of the guidelines are like how to live and I guess be happy with who you are, ‘cause if you’re out there helping someone, you’re gonna feel good about yourself, you know?”
  • 19. 14 year old white Catholic boy from Pennsylvania:
    “ ‘Cause God made us and if you ask him for something, I believe he gives it to you. Yeah, he hasn’t let me down yet. God is a spirit that grants you anything you want, but not anything bad.”
  • 20. 16 year old white mainline Protestant boy from Texas:
    “Well, God is almighty, I guess [yawns]. But I think he’s on vacation right now because of all the crap that’s happening in the world, ‘cause it wasn’t like this back when he was famous.”
  • 21. The Creed of
    Moralistic Therapeutic Deism
    • A God exists who created and orders the world.
    • 22. God wants us to be good and fair.
    • 23. Central goal of life is to be happy and feel good about oneself.
    • 24. God does not need to beparticularly involved in one’s life,except when needed to resolve a problem.
    • 25. Good people go to heaven when they die.
  • Finding #6:
    Highly religious teens appear to be doing much better in life than less religious teens.
  • 26. “At the very least, what appears to be clearly not true is the idea that the religious teenagers are essentially no different from non-religious teenagers.”
    -Dr. Christian Smith
  • 27. “Catholic teenagers, who represent nearly one-quarter of all U.S. teens, stand out among the U.S. Christian teenagers as consistently scoring lower on most measures of religiosity.”
    -Dr. Christian Smith
  • 28. * This question was only asked of teens who attend Mass more than twice a year.
  • 29.
  • 30. Emerging Adults
    occupy a new phase of individual exploration and uncertainty, which begins at age 18 and extends into the upper 20s. This new phase, following adolescence but preceding full adulthood, is the result of global economic and cultural changes that have made financial independence more difficult to attain, pushed up the age at first marriage, and decreased parenthood.
  • 31. Emerging Adults
    • more years in higher education
  • Emerging Adults
    • more years in higher education
    • 32. jobs more fluid and unpredictable.
  • Emerging Adults
    • more years in higher education
    • 33. jobs more fluid and unpredictable.
    • 34. wild and free
  • 35. Goal 1: To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.
    Goal 2: To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.
  • 36. A New Morning
    Goal 1: To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.
    Goal 2: To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.
    Goal 3: To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.
  • 37. Renewing the VisionGoal Three
    To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each person.
  • 38. Renewing the VisionGoal Two
    To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.
  • 39. Renewing the VisionGoal One
    To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.
  • 40. Renewing the VisionComprehensive Ministry Themes
    Developmentally Appropriate
    Family Friendly
    Intergenerational
    Multicultural
    Community-Wide Collaboration
    Leadership
    Flexible/Adaptable Programming
  • 41. Renewing the VisionComponents
    Advocacy
  • 42. Renewing the VisionComponents
    Advocacy
    Catechesis
  • 43. Renewing the VisionComponents
    Advocacy
    Catechesis
    Community Life
  • 44. Renewing the VisionComponents
    Advocacy
    Catechesis
    Community Life
    Evangelization
  • 45. Renewing the VisionComponents
    Advocacy
    Catechesis
    Community Life
    Evangelization
    Justice and Service
  • 46. Renewing the VisionComponents
    Advocacy
    Catechesis
    Community Life
    Evangelization
    Justice and Service
    Leadership Development
  • 47. Renewing the VisionComponents
    Advocacy
    Catechesis
    Community Life
    Evangelization
    Justice and Service
    Leadership Development
    Pastoral Care
  • 48. Renewing the VisionComponents
    Advocacy
    Catechesis
    Community Life
    Evangelization
    Justice and Service
    Leadership Development
    Pastoral Care
    Prayer and Worship
  • 49. Renewing the VisionComponents
    Advocacy
    Catechesis
    Community Life
    Evangelization
    Justice and Service
    Leadership Development
    Pastoral Care
    Prayer and Worship
    Vocational Discernment
  • 50.
  • 51. Who Are Young Adults?
  • 52. Tasks of Young Adulthood:
    • Developing a Personal Identity
    • Developing Relationships
    • Developing a Meaning of Work
    • Developing a Spiritual Life
  • 53. Objectives
    •Spiritual Formation and Direction
    •Religious Education/Formation
    •Vocation Discernment
    Goal One
    Connecting Young Adultswith Jesus Christ
  • 54. Goal Two
    Connecting Young Adultswith the Church
    Objectives
    • Evangelizing Outreach
    • 55. Forming the Faith Community
    • 56. Pastoral Care
  • Goal Three
    Connecting Young Adults withthe Mission of The Church in the World
    Objectives
    • Forming a Christian Conscience
    • 57. Educating and Working for Justice
    • 58. Developing Leaders for the Present and for the Future
  • Goal Four
    Connecting Young Adultswith a Peer Community
    Objectives
    • Forming Faith Communities of Peers
    • 59. Developing Peer Leadership
    • 60. Identifying a Young Adult Team
  • 61. You are Part of a Team
    So you have to act like you are part of a team
    You have to work with the rest of the team
    The team has a set of rules that you must learn…and follow
    The team as a culture within which they operate. You must learn the culture.
  • 62. You are Part of a Team
    5 Unrecoverable Mistakes
    Becoming a Lone Ranger.
  • 63. You are Part of a Team
    5 Unrecoverable Mistakes
    Becoming a Lone Ranger.
    Shooting the Shepherd
  • 64. You are Part of a Team
    5 Unrecoverable Mistakes
    Becoming a Lone Ranger.
    Shooting the Shepherd
    Ignoring the Parish Process
  • 65. You are Part of a Team
    5 Unrecoverable Mistakes
    Becoming a Lone Ranger.
    Shooting the Shepherd
    Ignoring the Parish Process
    Ignoring Appropriate Boundaries
  • 66. You are Part of a Team
    5 Unrecoverable Mistakes
    Becoming a Lone Ranger.
    Shooting the Shepherd
    Ignoring the Parish Process
    Ignoring Appropriate Boundaries
    Failing to Collaborate with Parents
  • 67. You are Part of a Team
    5 Attitudes to Imitate
    Imitate me as I Imitate Christ
  • 68. You are Part of a Team
    5 Attitudes to Imitate
    Imitate me as I Imitate Christ
    Act like a Disciple
  • 69. You are Part of a Team
    5 Attitudes to Imitate
    Imitate me as I Imitate Christ
    Act like a Disciple
    Work with the Whole Church
  • 70. You are Part of a Team
    5 Attitudes to Imitate
    Imitate me as I Imitate Christ
    Act like a Disciple
    Work with the Whole Church
    Love the Church
  • 71. You are Part of a Team
    5 Attitudes to Imitate
    Imitate me as I Imitate Christ
    Act like a Disciple
    Work with the Whole Church
    Love the Church
    Learn from Failures
  • 72. You are Part of a Team
    5 Attitudes to Imitate
    Imitate me as I Imitate Christ
    Act like a Disciple
    Work with the Whole Church
    Love the Church
    Learn from Failures
    Speak about the Positive
  • 73. Important things to note:> Youth and Young Adult Ministryis not an island(full parish)> Coordinator of Youth Ministry/ Campus Ministry> Parent Focus
  • 74. This is not the same “working with young people” you remember
    TechnologyLegal and LiabilityPastoral CareChild Protection
  • 75.
  • 76. BYCC
    young adult picnicJuly 24
    young adultgatheringOct. 23
  • 77.
  • 78. www.archbalt.orgwww.dscottmiller.com