OYM To Offer A New Service to Parishes: VITAL

ST. LOUIS, MO - The Archdiocese of St. Louis Office of Youth Ministry is currently seeking pilot parishes that wish to be "Vital" parishes. Youth ministry that is "Vital" has VISION rooted in Jesus Christ, is INCLUSIVE, has the necessary TOOLS, uses an ACCOUNTABILITY structure, and is LIFE GIVING for the whole parish. "Vital" is designed to support and help any parish, starting a new program or with one already in place, such as Life Teen. It is not a "youth ministry" program, but a strategy to provide the most comprehensive and effective youth ministry possible with definable and measurable outcomes. The OYM will help achieve this goal in cooperating parishes through a two year training program, consultation for the development of a two year strategic youth ministry plan, tools for monitoring progress, an accountability structure, and youth ministry resources.

Teams from parishes including at least the present youth minister or youth ministry volunteer and pastor, plus any other parish leaders are invited to attend a 3 hour seminar on creating more effective youth ministry in parishes. Part of the seminar will include a presentation on Vital and how a parish can utilize this program. The seminars will be offered twice on April 28, 2004 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. held at Blessed John XXIII Center at 8300 Morganford Rd.

Please go to our [web site](http://www.stlyouth.org/vital.html) to read more about the Vital program or call 314-633-2500 if you have any questions.

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