Youth Ministry Essentials

Upcoming Youth Ministry Essentials Courses

October 2017

The next round of courses will take place in October. More information will be distributed soon. 


Youth Ministry Essentials (formally known as Basic Training in Catholic Youth Ministry) courses are designed for those who work with youth, in order to:

  • introduce adult leaders to the field and study of comprehensive youth ministry,
  • equip adults with the necessary theological, pastoral and leadership skills to serve and minister to the adolescent community and
  • empower adults who are beginning their ministry to adolescents


Couse Descriptions

Vision of Youth Ministry
This course will cover the history, background, and church documents that guide Catholic youth ministry. You will learn about the components to comprehensive youth ministry and why discipleship, as well as evangelization to and advocacy for youth, are so important.

Prayer and Worship with Adolescents
This course will cover different aspects of prayer and worship with youth, including Eucharistic adoration, prayer with adolescents and youth or contemporary Masses.

Basics of Planning and Programming
This course will cover the who, what, when and where of parish youth ministry. Topics to be covered include structuring a youth ministry program, roles and responsibilities of the youth minister and others are the parish, social media guidelines, outreach to young people in crisis and working with volunteers.

Social Mission and Retreat Formation
This course will discuss the importance that Catholic social teaching is present in many forms in a comprehensive youth ministry program, such as service, education and advocacy. The basics of youth retreats are also covered in this course. We'll discuss the value of adolescent retreat experiences, safety issues, and retreat planning.



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