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Are you in youth ministry and you've had it with crazed parents? Rollin' your eyes at the pastoral council? Tired of administration work? Love youth? Love the Church? Appalled at parish politics? Looking for some good games? For a creative ways to teach a lesson for Religious Ed? Just need a place to veg out and say "phew! Someone outside of the parish to talk to!"? Grab y'r Starbucks, turn the computer away from the staff's eyes, grab a seat on a donated dusty couch and let it all go.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Youth Ministry And The Great 8

Components, that is.

I read through Amy's blog about youth ministry as well as Dom's, and had a few reactions.

First, I'm a little tired of LifeTeen getting bashed, especially their style of liturgy. PRAISE AND WORSHIP STYLE OF MUSIC IS NOT ANTITHETICAL TO GOOD LITURGY! If it were, the Charismatic Renewal is in serious jeapordy, as are 3 Popes who affirm it's goodness in the Church.

My next reaction was how little people know about good and excellent Catholic youth ministry. I think that I was the ONLY one to talk about the 8 Components of youth minsitry and I'm guessing that very few people are even aware of what they are and how to implement them on the job.

The 8 Components came out of the Bishop's Document "Renewing The Vision" and are the framework for a full, thriving youth ministry and formation process. The "great 8" are: Advocacy, Prayer and Worship, Justice and Service, Leadership Development, Evangelization, Catechesis, Pastoral Care, and Community Life. They serve the 3 goals: 1. Youth Ministry works to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person, 2. Youth Ministry seeks to draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the faith community, and 3. Youth Ministry gives the world a sign of God's Kingdom by challenging the young to work for justice and peace among the poor and the oppressed.

Over the next week or so I'm going to blog about each component: what it means, ideas on how to implement it into your formation process and how it can work with the other components.

In the mean time, have a lovely weekend. Go State!


Anonymous FrPastor said...

In our Church today we are looking at an over-re-action to some "silliness" that has gone on in liturgy from time to time. For some, perfect liturgy is much like your or my parents grew up with. Anything less is considered invalid liturgy.

5:01 PM  
Blogger TCYM Lounge said...

And I totally get that. I mean really "We are Church" kind of songs and liturgical dancers, y'know the usual silliness is totally unacceptable not to mention does an incredible disservice to catechizing people on what the Mass is and engaging them in the realities of heaven and earth meeting-Mass, being the source and summit of our faith must lead us to salvation, not entertain us.

PS My last pastor kept bugging me about when was I going to do a drama during the Youth Mass. I kept avoiding this directive and never did it. I think that really annoyed him, but---oh well.

1:17 PM  

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