2022 Catholic Youth Ministry Field Survey

About the Survey

NFCYM surveyed Catholic youth ministry leaders and volunteers across the United States to gather insights on the current state of ministry and to assess the needs of the field. 

Between August 10-September 10, 2022, 509 ministers participated in the survey. 

Top Findings

NFCYM Trends 

In FY 22, NFCYM welcomed 154 new associate members. 

NFCYM Member Type

National Trends 
  • An increase in full-time positions  
  • Ministers continue to be given more responsibilities in their current role with no pay increase 
Top Areas of Interest for Ministers
Youth Development & Culture
Parents & Families
Prayer & Spirituality
Top Areas of Concern for Ministers
Lack of Parent Participation
Lack of Youth Participation
Polarization Within the Church

Learn More

You can also see a summary of the findings from the previous year’s field survey. 

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Yazmín Maní Malone

Pastoral Juvenil Hispana Coordinator,
Diocese of Austin

Diocesan Member

"NFCYM has accompanied me in reaching out to like minded professionals to better provide service (ministry) to adolescents. NFCYM has allowed me to network and grow professionally.

'Youth as Protagonists' has been essential to Pastoral Juvenil Hispana in the Diocese of Austin."

Eva P. Delgado

Youth Minister, St. Christopher Church

Associate Member

"The various resources have helped me keep our program exciting and vibrant. NFCYM has provided me with shared information via webinars, workshops, conferences, outreach, and opportunities that are very informative to help make my ministry successful.

NFCYM is an open forum for me to seek material, guidance and support in keeping the youth ministry program successful."