Youth ministry is an increasingly important activity for churches and denominations as they work to keep young people engaged and passionate about their faith. Many churches hire full time youth pastors to organize events for youth and provide mentorship opportunities and other ways of keeping kids and teens involved in their congregations. Some youth ministry organizations focus on volunteerism and providing youth with ways to participate in their communities and provide service while building relationships with their peers.
Below are helpful links with general information, resources for youth leaders, missions and conferences, and available speakers and musicians!
Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation to Young People
Founded in 1970 by Jim & Kathy McGinnis, IPJ offers educational resources, workshops, advocacy suggestions, and lots of free material for parishes, schools, families, and youth – around Catholic Social Teaching themes, especially Christian peacemaking after 9/11, with a Pledge of Nonviolence, and racial and economic justice.
Ignitum Today is a web-based social Network Ministry for the JP2 and B16 generations.
Central to ProjectYM is our blog, or more precisely, our blogs. We have over 30 different contributors who provide content on our blogging platform. Our bloggers work in parishes, diocese, as itinerants, or in universities. They live in the rural south, suburban northwest, in urban centers, and around the globe. They have diverse ministry settings and backgrounds. We have 4 weekly bloggers alongside dozens of others who post 1 or two times a month. If you have an idea you want to blog about, or a post you want to share please just let us know. We would love to add it in. As we launched, we incorporated both the “REAL Ministry Blog” by John Rinaldo and the “Catholic Youth Ministry Blog” by Scott Miller. This made us one of the largest Catholic Youth Ministry Blogging platforms from the very start.
Here is a list of the saint pages available on American Catholic.org. New pages are being added daily. If you have information on a saint or would like information on a saint not listed here please contact us.
Under the direction of Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP, Busted Halo® Ministries helps young adults explore their spirituality, listen to and encourage one another, discover (or re-discover) the rich depths of Catholic tradition, and connect to communities of faith where their unique gifts will be respected and used, and where they will find support on their journey towards God. We also promote ministry to-by-and-for young adults in Catholic parishes and dioceses across the United States and Canada. We help local communities of faith better incorporate those in their 20s and 30s into the lay mission of the Church in society. Founded in September of 2000 by Fr. Brett Hoover, CSP, and Mike Hayes, Busted Halo® continues to seek out new ways make the connection between young, spiritual seekers and the community of the Church.
Life Teen is an international Catholic ministry that serves the Church and leads teens closer to Christ by providing resources and training that encourage vibrant Eucharistic celebrations and opportunities for teens to grow in their faith.
As an interdenominational ministry, Young Life is committed to honoring the broad spectrum of Christian faith traditions in which our young people were raised – Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, mainline , etc. Young Life has great respect for God’s work in kids’ hearts long before their involvement in our mission and we encourage every young person to be involved in their local parish. Our policy could be summed up simply– “grow them where they’ve been planted.” For our teenaged friends who were raised Catholic, our aim is to help them be the best Catholics they can be. We respect their unique traditions and encourage their participation in their local parishes. Our focus and our passion is adolescents, and Young Life has developed an effective, fun and time‐tested strategy for introducing young people to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith.
We help Catholic parishes build vibrant, disciple-making youth ministries. We offer Catholic youth ministry training, consulting, resourcing, evangelistic events and leadership development for youth and youth workers. We provide numerous services to support Catholic youth ministries.
We’re better together! God never intended that we do youth ministry in isolation… we need each other. Local Networks are groups of youth workers in your area that meet to pray, strategize, encourage and fraternize. Our goal is for every youth worker to be within reach of a healthy local Network, so search for a Local Network to see if there is one near you, if no networks are near you, start a new one!
The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry is a professional organization of affiliated dioceses and youth-serving organizations serving adult diocesan leaders.
“Youth ministry, full circle” is youthministry360’s way of meeting the needs of youth workers. If you work with youth, there are essential elements you need to carry out your mission… The heart of youthministry360 is about providing these needs for you.
Catholic Youth Ministry Resources is a web based ministry way of meeting the needs of youth workers. This site provides a consistent updating of areas that Coordinators of Youth Ministry can use to enhance their knowledge of fundraising, games, icebreakers, lessons, skits, and more.
I know, I know, ice breakers aren’t always the most exciting things to do, but they are effective. You want to build a community as quickly as possible so you might as well have a little fun while doing it. Ice breakers are a great way to get to know new people in new situations.
Missions and Conferences
Set against a backdrop of the national forest and two magnificent waterfalls in the Northeast Georgia Mountains, Life Teen Covecrest offers the perfect place for groups and individuals to retreat, relax, and connect with God. At Covecrest, you will find an ideal balance of tranquility and activity. Life Teen Covecrest hosts Summer Camp throughout June and July and operates as full-service retreat facility from August to May. With a variety of lodging and meeting space options, Covecrest is great for retreat groups of all sizes, all ages and all denominations. Facilities include heated and air-conditioned lodging, spacious meeting rooms and quality meal plans.
One Bread, One Cup is a five-day liturgical leadership conference focusing on the Word, Sacrament and Mission of the Roman Catholic Church for high school youth and campus and youth ministers. Conferences include community building, leadership development, catechesis, liturgical and spiritual formation, and theological reflection. There are opportunities for personal prayer and contemplation, liturgical prayer, charity and action, and vocational discernment while living and actively participating in an intentional Christian community. At the conferences, youth and adults discover or rediscover the Church’s treasures of Word, Sacrament and Mission and also have opportunities for fellowship and fun through team building, outdoor recreation, variety show and dance. Participants come to appreciate the Benedictine balance of prayer, work and recreation.
Catholic Heart work camps offer quality service projects for those in need and evangelical programs for Catholic young people and their leaders. Camps are run during the summer months.
Get ready for the most exciting Catholic Youth event that you and your group have ever experienced! Alive in You is part conference, part service camp and 100% Catholic. Experience the love of Christ through the Eucharist, Reconciliation, Mass, service, high-energy praise and worship, prayer, talented speakers, team building, games, activities, and small faith groups. Gather your friends, pack your bags, and join young people from around the country on this incredible journey of faith. Open your heart and let the fire of the Holy Spirit become Alive in You.
Young Neighbors in Action is an exciting, integrated service-learning experience for parish and school teams of older youth and adults. Young Neighbors is more than a week of service. It is an extended program that provides the experiences, skills, and learning needed to make change possible.
Catholic Relief Services’ mission is to assist impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas, working in the spirit of Catholic Social Teaching to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person. Within the United States, CRS engages Catholics to live their faith in solidarity with the poor and suffering of the world. The Catholic Relief Services Resource Center is a website with ministry tools for prayer, formation and action—with a global perspective.
Provides food to the poor in Latin America and Caribbean . 1-800-282-7667
Anyone can dig a hole. Anyone can send money to Africa or India to fund a well. Anyone can take a picture of water flowing and claim success. But it takes trained and committed teams working in collaboration to build a water project on a strong foundation that ensures lasting worth and life changing impact.
Heifer animals (and training in their care) offer hungry families around the world a way to feed themselves and become self-reliant. Children receive nutritious milk or eggs; families earn income for school, health care and better housing; communities go beyond meeting immediate needs to fulfilling dreams. Farmers learn sustainable, environmentally sound agricultural techniques.
Speakers and Music
Apex uses a style they define as Christian Vaudeville. This includes (but is not limited to) death defying juggling, humor, characterizations (skits), story-telling, audience participation, and personal testimony.
Christian music workshops, offered by John Angotti, meets the needs of any Church or organization. His presentations are down to earth and he engages people to action through word and song.
Hard as Nails Ministries is a national Catholic/Christian organization started in 2002 which assists schools, churches, and other organization in their efforts to introduce people to Jesus, develop individual’s relationship with Jesus, and cultivate local communities. Its “You’re Amazing” conferences have been hosted in the diocese.