Youth Ministry Leader Resources
Below you will find information on training, planning, and content for your youth ministry. It is not an exhaustive list, but hopefully you will find it helpful. Please contact us at 314-792-7650 if you cannot find what you are looking for. We are here to serve you and your teens!
Planning & Organization
The OYM is available to help set your ministry on a path to success. We have over 50 years of combined experience in youth ministry. We offer consulting, strategic planning, training, and assistance with recruitment and hiring. Contact us at 314-792-7650 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Handouts from 2016 Pastoral Assembly
OYM Training Day - Every fall the Office of Youth Ministry has training and ongoing formation for all Youth Ministers, Adult Youth Leaders, Core Members, and Volunteers to better prepare them for the mission field of Youth Ministry. Attendees are given both practical every day instruction as well as big picture reflection and motivation to best serve the young church. stlyouth.org/training
Life Teen Training Conference - Life Teen has compiled their best training material into one weekend. The event includes adoration, praise and worship, mass, incredible general sessions with presentations by dynamic youth ministry experts, and unrivaled hospitality. You can experience how Life Teen is run at parishes. You’ll leave renewed and equipped to take on ministry at your parish. lifeteen.com/events/life-teen-training-conference/
St. John Bosco Conference - The St. John Bosco Conference is a four day conference for catechists presented by the Franciscan University of Steubenville. The conference has a specific youth minister track, with an optional certification for those who are interested. steubenvilleconferences.com/adult/sjb/ym/
Youth Culture & Development
The Youth Culture Report: http://theyouthculturereport.com/
The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding: https://cpyu.org/
Y Pulse, youth market research: https://www.ypulse.com/
Youth Worker Journal’s section on youth culture: http://www.youthworker.com/youth-culture/
The Source for Youth Ministry’s “Youth Culture Window”: http://www.thesource4ym.com/youthculturewindow/
Why Do They Act That Way? : A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen by Dr. David Walsh, Ph.D.
A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Teenage Brains: Why They Act the Way They Do by Mark Oestreicher
Life Teen - 10-meeting curriculum mailed to you three times a year. Also send you two retreat outlines a year as well as liturgy planning guides for youth masses. Subscription gives you access to a significant amount of other resources including training videos, online access to past resources, and multi-media tools. It is a comprehensive program focused on the Eucharist. Cost is $995 a year for High School, $600 for Jr. High, $1495 for both. catholicyouthministry.com
Y Disciple - Y Disciple is a small group, parent lead program. The content could be used in other contexts as well. Subscription gives you twenty 4-5 week series, with a new series put up each semester. Each session is a series of short video presentations with discussion in between. Is also part of the “Formed” program that provides curriculum for parish wide formation (formed.org). Cost is $1200 a year, $1540 for formed. ydisciple.org
YM Central - The Crossroads Curriculum is a 12 semester curriculum (144 total meetings) to cover the four years of high school. It offers a unique approach to forming a teen’s faith. Following the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the curriculum is a systematic and complete process that helps teens grow in their faith, no matter their level. Other resources such as confirmation prep, teen prayer guides, videos and documents on overall program structure and planning are also available. Cost is $59.95 per semester, $599.95 for the whole curriculum. ymcentral.com
Youth Ministry Access - Quarterly curriculum for both junior high and high school available via download. Includes 13 meetings for high school and 7 for junior high, both also include 3 extended events such as socials and mini retreats. Also get access to ten years of past resources. Each outline includes activities, teaching, and prayer. Cost is $150 a year for high school or junior high, $225 for both. youthministryaccess.org
REAP - Catholic Youth Retreat Ministry of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. They are a part of the Catholic Youth Apostolate.
Totus Tuus - Catholic Summer Youth Retreat Ministry.
NET Ministries - National Evangelization Teams.
- CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
- COMPENDIUM OF THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
- The BIBLE - The American Bible
- CODE OF CANON LAW
- Documents of the II Vatican Council
- Pope Francis' visit to the US
Other Content Resources
- These include Pro-Life meditations for the rosary, Stations of the Cross, and more.
Every adult working with minors in the Archdiocese of St. Louis must complete the Safe Environment Program. This includes attending a “Protecting God’s Children” workshop, completing a background check and reading/signing the Code of Ethical Conduct. Details at http://archstl.org/sep
For those working with junior high and high school teens there is an additional policy which can be found here. Policies and Procedures for Those Serving in Youth Ministry
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