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Adolescent & Youth Ministry

POLICY

"Our youth will not feel alone in their search for identity, in their quest to discover their unique place in Church and society, and in their search for God." (Vision Statement, S.B. 1997). Each parish shall provide ministry to, with and for youth that responds to their needs, and welcomes their involvement, with their gifts and energy, into the life of the community.

The parish community is challenged to respond to the "call to make ministry with adolescents a concern for the entire church community." (Renewing the Vision, USCC, page 1) In order for this to be achieved, "young people cannot be considered only objects of catechesis, but also active subjects and protagonists of evangelization and artisans of social renewal." (GDC #183)

As the Church of the Diocese of San Bernardino, "we must ensure that young people are well equipped for their special mission in the world" (Renewing the Vision, USCC, pg. 5).. as we recognize, understand and proclaim that "the future of humanity lies in the hands of those who are strong enough to provide coming generations with reasons for living and hoping. " (Gaudium Et Spes #31)

IMPLEMENTATION

1. A youth ministry process shall be formed (usually by a parish core team) to determine how the parish will respond to the needs of the youth.

2. Parish staffs need to help, support, guide and enable those responding to the call of youth ministry. Both parties, through mutual agreement, will arrive at job descriptions, personnel expectations, and mutual commitments.

3. All those who are called to minister to, with and for our youth are expected to pursue appropriate training and certification as offered and made available through the Ministry Formation Institute and the youth specialization course, responding to the age specific formation needed.

4. Creative comprehensive models of youth ministry need to be developed by parishes to meet the needs of the youth. "The comprehensive approach is not a single program or recipe for ministry, rather it provides a way for integrating ministry with adolescents and their families into the total life and mission of the Church, recognizing that the whole community is responsible for this ministry. The comprehensive approach uses all of our resources as a faith community - people, ministries, programs - in a common effort" (Renewing the Vision, USCC, pages 19-20).