What is a ministry network?
Ministry Networks are sponsored by the NFCYM to support the development of the field of youth and young adult ministry through ongoing conversations centering around current issues, struggles, strategies, and best practices. The moderators for each Ministry Network use online apps (Zoom, Facebook, Google Groups, etc…) to gather interested colleagues together around pertinent topical areas to share, resource, discuss, and ask questions among others within the network. There is no cost to be involved in a Ministry Network, just a commitment to be responsive to others in the Network. You may join as many Networks as you wish.
The listing of existing Ministry Networks is below. New networks can be formed at any time. Note that only a current NFCYM member may submit a proposal for a new Ministry Network. Proposed moderators must also be NFCYM members.
To connect youth ministers and volunteers who serve youth in national youth serving organizations, including Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, American Heritage Girls, Catholic Daughters of America,Camp Fire, etc. We will talk about how to raise awareness of the religious recognition awards to help youth connect their scouting experience with their faith and discuss best practices as well as share resources.
To gather those involved at all levels of Catholic youth sports programs to discuss topics such as Incorporating faith with sports, best practices in training coaches, reasons for connecting YM and sports, what makes sports Catholic, ministering to parents, engaging clergy, and praying with youth.
To gather Catholic high school religion teachers and campus ministers to discuss and share resources on topics such as retreats, service/immersion experiences, liturgies and prayer environment, faculty development, curriculum & framework overviews and partnering between CM and religion teachers, handling “hot topics”, and peer leadership.
To dialogue with others around the country about the needs and issues that go with multi-parish and cluster ministry. The Network will address the current issues and needs in this type of ministry and work with others who are inquiring about this ministry.
Transforming the world for Jesus Christ, the Justice & Service Network seeks to strengthen and support the efforts of youth ministers who provide experiences of encountering Christ through intentional service connected to the Catholic faith.