Opportunities for Youth Ministers
Opportunities for Youth Ministers

Opportunities for Youth Ministers

Whilst no formal qualifications may be required to work with young people within the partnership context, individuals may find it helpful to spend time thinking about the work they are doing and learning alongside and from others.

The Diocese offers several formal opportunities, details of which can be found on the websites of the Departments for Adult Formation and Evangelisation, Education and Youth.

Diocesan Youth Ministry Conference

A regular Youth Ministry Conference takes place at Diocesan level to give encouragement, training and an opportunity for networking. These events provide opportunities of learning, inspiration and networking.

Catechesis in the Mission of the Church

This is a useful and informative course for anyone wishing to develop their catechetical skills and knowledge. The modules offer time for prayer, teaching, reflection and questions. A full programme with detailed information is available.
As well as the 18 modules spread over three terms, there will also be annual training days for the specific areas of catechesis i.e. Confirmation, Reconciliation and Eucharist and a Day of Recollection.

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)

CCRS is for teachers, catechists, lay leaders, youth ministers and other adults who wish to deepen their understanding of the Catholic faith and Catholic Education. The course includes a specialist module in Youth Ministry. This can be taken as a stand-alone module by adults in parishes and partnerships, who work with young people or have an interest in young people, to give them tools and support for their work. The module takes place each autumn over two Saturdays at the Emmaus Youth Village.
Dates for 2018 are October 6th and November 3rd.
The module covers:

– Reflection on the theology and principles of youth ministry
– The role of adults and the concept of peer ministry
– Key definitions of youth ministry and a variety of approaches
– A holistic understanding of young people and faith development
– An overview of practical issues and guidance on safeguarding

To apply contact Eamonn Diffley at the Department for Education eamonn.diffley@diocesehn.org.uk or for further information contact mary.hughes@ymt.org

Faith and Ministry Development

The Department for Adult Formation and Evangelisation produces a half-yearly booklet giving details of opportunities throughout the Diocese for adult formation and evangelisation. The current booklet runs until July 2018.

The Summits

This is a monthly opportunity for people to come together from around the diocese to praise God and to join with others who want to grow as a worshipping community. With formation in mind, the inspiring talks are delivered in a down to earth, accessible manner, and the music is expertly led by Expedition Worship.

Certificate in Pastoral Ministry

This certificate has been designed to meet the needs of those wishing to learn more about serving in a faith setting in our Diocese. It is a non-degree certificate that will monitor progress through practice. Integrating online learning with the chance to meet face to face for support, this certificate provides flexibility and accessibility. Applications for 2018 are now closed, but enquiries are being taken for the next study year commencing in 2019. For further information contact Amy Cameron at the Department for Adult Formation and Evangelisation amycameron@diocesehn.org.uk

Foundation Degree

St Mary’s University, Twickenham offers a two-year part-time Foundation Degree in Youth Ministry and School Chaplaincy. Developed in collaboration with CYMFed (Catholic Youth Ministry Federation of England and Wales), the programme combines online academic study with practical and vocational experience.

Networking & Support

Those who work with young people throughout the Diocese are invited to come together for networking and support at regular intervals throughout the year.

‘If we can dream it, we can do it together’

The Youth Ministry Team gathers into partnership all those in the diocese who are concerned about young people and are dedicated to supporting them on their faith journey. The ‘co-workers’ meet two or three times a year at diocesan level. YMT aims to:

  • Invite co-workers from across the diocese to help to evaluate youth ministry and to share ideas for the future.
  • Network so that communication from YMT into parishes and partnerships is effective.
  • Listen to co-workers to understand their unique challenges.
  • Offer training and formation opportunities to those who work with young people.
  • Work with co-workers to develop young leaders in our diocese as we recognise that young people are also co-workers with us in the mission of the Church. In the autumn term co-workers bring young people along with them to prepare for Youth Sunday.

Many of our partnerships have a co-workers’ group who meet at local level. For details contact the YMT Area Development Coordinator.

Youth Ministry Forum

As Director of Youth Services, Fr Dermott Donnelly invites the various youth serving organisations in the diocese to come together in the Youth Ministry Forum.

The following groups are represented in this network:

  • CAFOD Young Leaders
  • SVP Holy Island Camp
  • Mini Vinnies and Youth SVP
  • CFC Youth for Christ
  • Young Christian Workers
  • Lourdes Youth
  • More Than Dance
  • YMT Co-workers
  • Youth Ministry Team (Diocesan Youth Service).