Youth Ministry Models & Methods

Recommended Links for Renewing the Vision:

MINISTERING WITH PARENTS AND FAMILIES

  • Vibrant Faith at Home – a group of ministry leaders who care most about helping experience God’s presence in the world through coaching, training, and projects.
  • Loyola Press Sunday Connection – a guide to Sunday readings by Loyola Press
  • Loyola Press Family Prayers – a collection of family prayers by Loyola Press
  • OSV Lifelong Catechesis – an organization dedicated to serve the church through providing catechetical resources based in the reflection and study of Sacred Scripture for members of the faith community
  • Growing Up Catholic – parish resources that coaches and empowers parents to form their own children in faith
  • At Home with our Faith – a newsletter that offers creative ideas and tested strategies for parents to hand on a living faith to their children, while deepening their own faith in the process
  • Parent Further – a helpful guide to developmental overview of different age groups
  • Fathers for Good – a website by the Knights of Columbus that provides helpful resources for all men

 

FORMING YOUTH: ADOLESCENT CATECHESIS/CONFIRMATION

  • Catholic Youth Bible – A bible designed for young people to enter in, be nourished and be transformed.
  • The Catholic Faith Handbook – An understandable and down-to-earth book to all things Catholic, whether you are brushing up on specific Catholic terms and concepts or learning them for the first time.
  • Dynamic Catholic – An organization dedicated to re-energize the Catholic Church in America by developing world-class resources that inspire people to rediscover the genius of Catholicism.
  • Cultivation Ministries – A not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing  disciple-making, Catholic youth ministry through training resources.

 

GATHERING YOUTH: MODELS AND METHODS

 

PRAYING WITH YOUTH: PRAYER SERVICES, LITURGY, ADORATION

  • Loyola Press – A website full of traditional Catholic prayers, 3-minute retreats, daily inspirations, Ignatian Spirituality, Arts and Fatih, Liturgical Calendars, and much more
  • Franciscan Media – A website dedicated to spreading the Gospel in the spirit of St. Francis which includes: minute meditations and the saint of the day
  • Sacred Space – A website that provides daily prayers and practices through Ignatian Spirituality
  • Five Loaves – A ministry that provides methods, online resources and event opportunities for spiritual growth and renewal
  • Vision Vocation Network – Comprehensive resources for those seeking information on Catholic religious vocations and men’s and women’s religious communities.
  • WorshipNow – A hymnal that is a powerhouse of prayerful, spirit-filled songs that will inspire men and women to enter into full and active participation at Mass.

 

SERVICE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

  • RESOUND: Solidarity and Common Good (and Leader Guide) – a guide for a one-day service immersion experience for families, youth, and young adults (NFCYM Members – access additional guides for projects on caring for creation and dignity of life, click here
  • Catholic Campaign for Human Development Youth Ministry Resources – A small pamphlet by the USCCB that contains essential resources for social justice
  • CRS Education – An asset that provides a deeper look into the lives of our brothers and sisters around the world with prayers and programs
  • CRS Resource – A collection of ministry tools for prayer, formation and action with a global perspective
  • Catholic Climate Covenant – An organization that inspires and equips people and institutions to care for creation and care for the poor
  • Just Faith Ministries – A ministry that invites and prepares people of faith for the life-changing and world-changing call of the Gospel to help heal the world
  • Living Water International – An organization commissioned to demonstrate the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately needed clean water, and to experience “living water”—the gospel of Jesus Christ—which alone satisfies the deepest thirst.
  • Food Fast – An initiative by CRS that connects the tradition of Catholic fasting with global hunger
  • Poverty USA – An initiative by CCHD that looks to solve the problem of poverty in the USA
  • Catholic Volunteer Network – An organization that fosters and promotes volunteer service opportunities
  • Discover Your Neighbor – This website by Maryknoll provides material to engage youth with a culture of Missionary Discipleship as agents of faith, love, and service

CATHOLIC SPORTS/COACHES TRAINING/CYO

  • Human Kinetics Coach Education – Athletics  provide our youth a positive environment in which to grow physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. The responsibility of fostering an environment in which athletes can mature in these areas often rests with the coach. Coaches are presented a unique opportunity to use the playing field as a mission field—to be a “Facilitator of Faith” in developing and furthering athletes’ Christian character and values. Click here to register for coaches training for an online course. After completing a course, you have the ability to print a certificate of course completion, and your name will be added to the National Coaches Registry, an online listing of coaches who have completed Human Kinetics Coach Education courses.