Youth Ministry Resources

Youth Ministry Resources @ Catholic Youth Ministry Hub

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. Other organizations are more focused on reaching out to youth outside the church and spreading their ministry internationally. Becoming a youth pastor is a more appealing career than ever for many seminary students, and the opportunities for it are growing!

The organizations, camps, bloggers, and youth pastors included on this list have all made it part of their mission to bring excitement, engagement, and opportunities to youth populations within their own churches and beyond. Anyone hoping to get involved in youth ministry, as a pastor, mentor, volunteer coordinator, or in another role, will find great resources here. These are listed in no particular order, except that they are categorized for more convenient browsing.

The Vatican

Official Vatican web site. Several languages supported. News services, Church documents, information on the Popes and departments of the Roman Curia.

National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry

The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry is a professional organization of affiliated dioceses and youth-serving organizations serving adult diocesan leaders.

US Catholic Bishops Youth Page

US Bishop’s Page on Family, Laity, Women and Youth

Encourage Priests.org

Welcome to EncouragePriests.org. On a daily basis, we are blessed to witness the kindness and dedication of Catholic priests around the world. Maybe you can recall a priest who humbly served at a funeral for someone in your family? Perhaps you have never forgotten the priest who helped prepare your son or daughter for marriage and celebrated their Wedding Mass.

We don’t have to look too far to be amazed by the heroic and sacrificial lives of priests serving as Military Chaplains, ministering to the forgotten in nursing homes and hospitals, feeding the poorest of the poor, and serving as peacemakers through marriage counseling. Countless holy priests are dedicating their lives to many other works of mercy, as well as to Christ’s Bride—the Holy Catholic Church. These noble and heroic imitators of Christ deserve and need our prayers and encouragement!

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Youth Ministry 360

youthministry360 . . . youth ministry, full circle

“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

Catholic Youth Ministry Resources is a web based ministry way of meeting the needs of youth workers. This site provides a consistant updating of areas that Coordinators of Youth Ministry can use to enhance their knowledge of fundraising, games, icebreakers, lessons, skits, and more.

Catholic Ice Breakers Resources

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.

National Network of Youth Ministers

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 fratrinize.  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! Home Page:

Institute for Peace and Justice

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.

Resources offered include: Pledge of Nonviolence, A CALL TO PEACE: 52 MEDTIATIONS ON THE PLEDGE OF NONVIOLENCE, and IF ONLY TODAY YOU KNEW THE THINGS THAT MAKE FOR PEACE.

YOU TURNS Youth Ministry Support

Provides materials and assistance that combine FAITH with FUN for middle/high school youth, emphasizing Scripture, Catechism of the Catholic Church, and historically pivotal lives of saints. Offers related board game and summer camp design. Links to Catholic/Christian music, community building games, movie reviews and Bible research.

DISCIPLES NOW

Disciples Now is a web-based ministry for youth focused on the traditions, life, and mission of the Catholic faith community.

Ignitum Today

Ignitum Today  is a web-based social Network Ministry for the JP2 and B16 generations.

Project YM

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.

Catholic Saints

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.

Technology and Pastoral Work with Young People

The vision for youth ministry as identified by the U.S. bishops and others, clearly calls for the evangelization and catechesis of the young. The inculturation of the Gospel—in language and forms accessible to younger generations—is a complex, but essential task. For evangelization to be effective, it must “use their language, their signs and symbols,  . . . answer the questions they ask, and  . . . [have impact] on their concrete life” (EN 63).

This resource area provides guidance to pastoral ministers on the use of various technologies, and as an aid to pastoral ministers and diocesan, parish, and/or school personnel in determining appropriate boundaries in their use of technology within their ministry area and professional relationships with others.

Catholic Answers

The largest Catholic Community on the Web.  Ask and apologist, Catholic answers to your faith questions.

Busted Halo

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.

ND Vision Summer Conferences

Who:
Notre Dame Vision is for all high school students. Everyone wants to know who they are and where they are going in life. Notre Dame Vision helps young people on this journey. Participants may come alone, with a few friends, or in groups of five or more.

What:

Notre Dame Vision is a series of 5-day conferences that includes dynamic large group experiences, reflective small group time, profound liturgies, and excellent music. Speakers from all across the country will break open important themes throughout the week and help participants to relate them to their own lives.
Sixty Notre Dame undergraduates will serve as
mentors, whether as musicians or small group facilitators.

Where:

The University of Notre Dame is the beautiful setting for these conferences. Participants will be housed in student dorms and will eat in the dining hall (one of the best in the country!). The campus is a great location – with idyllic lakes, walking paths, athletic facilities, and restaurants, it’s often been called a little city in itself.

Lifeteen Covecrest Camp

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. Reflection and quiet time are readily available at the100-year-old chapel, in the outdoor Stations of the Cross, in Mike’s Place prayer garden, on the bank next to the waterfalls, or on the deck overlooking the lake with the mountains in the background.

When it is time for activity, Covecrest offers high and low ropes challenge courses, a two-sided climbing wall, a zip line, a giant swing, basketball and sand volleyball courts, hiking trails and playing fields.

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 Summer Youth Conference

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

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.

Alive in You

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.  Connect:

Young Neighbors in Action

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

Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, we have expanded in size to reach more than 100 million people in more than 100 countries on five continents.

Our 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 has been relaunched. The CRS Resource Center is a website with ministry tools for prayer, formation and action—with a global perspective.

Food for the Poor

Provides food to the poor in Latin America and Caribbean . 1-800-282-7667

Clean Water Project

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. Get involved

Heifer International

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.

Cultivation Ministries

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

Center for  Ministry Development

The Center for Ministry Development provides training, resources and consultation for pastoral ministry and catechesis with youth, young adults, families, and the intergenerational community. Since 1978, Catholic parishes and dioceses have trusted CMD to provide a vision and practice for ministry that is rooted in Church documents, Scripture, and best practices research. Through our partnership with ministry leaders, CMD strives for excellence and innovation by providing practical, field-tested ministry solutions and resources.

Youth Ministry Access

Youth Ministry Access is brought to you by the Center for Ministry Development. Since 1978, CMD has been providing innovative, practical, and user-friendly Catholic resources and training programs for leaders in Catholic youth ministry. With over twenty-eight years of experience in youth ministry, CMD is proud to offer this ground-breaking online resource. Check out there site for more information

Prepared Catholic

This site was started by Eric Gallagher.  Eric was a Catholic Youth Minister for seven years at Sacred Heart Parish in Aberdeen, SD.  He has recently been appointed the Director of Youth Ministry and Catechesis for the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls.

The number one goal for this site is to create a library of great Catholic Youth Ministry Resources, make them easy to find, and offer them for free.  There is a paid section of our site that is there simply to create interest for people to contribute (earning paid stuff for free) and to help pay for the cost to run the site.

LIFE TEEN, Inc.

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.

Young Life and Catholic Youth

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The Catholic Center at ETSU

The Catholic Center @ ETSU is a ministry to the Catholic students and faculty of the East Tennessee State University community and anyone wishing to learn about the Roman Catholic faith.  The Center community also strives to be a positive and active member of the larger university community.

The Catholic Center organizes its ministry and activities around the Scripture theme of Acts 2:42:
“The disciples devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, the common life of sharing, the breaking of the bread and the prayers.”
We invite you to come and visit the Catholic Center!

APeX Ministries

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.

ACTS Evangelism and Worship – Sal Solo

As Lead Singer for British band CLASSIX NOUVEAUX in the 80’s, Sal Solo toured the world, giving concerts in 30 countries, and achieving hits such as IS IT A DREAM (best remembered in the UK), and GUILTY (still occasionally seen on MTV or VH1 Gold). After CLASSIX NOUVEAUX he hit the UK Top 20 with SAN DAMIANO, which was also a popular Number One in Poland. In 1991 he began to release specifically Christian albums after a powerful conversion. In 1999, he left the UK and relocated to Chicago, where he continues to this day doing large youth events and Confirmation retreats.   Sal’s latest masterpiece, WE CRY JUSTICE! marks a departure from previous work, both in the world music style, and in the social justice themes. Sal and MASHETTI MOSES will be the featured artists for Cool 2B Catholic this January.

John Angotti – Building the Kingdom of God

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. Below are just a few of the workshops offered. For information on additional workshops offered by JAMM MINISTRIES please contact us, we will be happy to assist. John will be the featured presenter at the 2010 Diocesan Youth Conference hosted by St. Dominic Parish  in the Five Rivers Deanery this November 13 and 14.

Hard as Nails Ministries

Who is Justin Fatica… In 1997 a young man sitting in Saint Peters Cathedral in Erie, PA had an experience with God. God touched him in his heart and encouraged him to make Christ popular. He believed that God had something really big planned so that he could bring praise and honor to the love of his life Jesus Christ.  We are a national Catholic/Christian organization started in 2002. We assist schools, churches, and other organization in their efforts to introduce people to Jesus, develop individual’s relationship with Jesus, and cultivate local communities. We are unabashedly Catholic but our ministry seeks to build up all Christian faiths regardless of denomination. We’ve done programs at:  Hebron Academy—the largest Evangelical High School in Georgia; Catholic Familyland—the apostolate for family consecration; Soulfest—the largest Christian music festival in the North East (11 years and running); and LA Congress—the largest Catholic assembly focused around Religious Education. Our point is, even though we’re Catholic, our reach expands to all Christian denominations as we seek to communicate Christ to this hurting generation.