Beginning in Summer 2019, the Office of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministries will be posting resources guiding ministry leaders with the most recent and relevant best practices of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus ministries in the Resources section of the catholicdallas.org website on the Ministry Leader page. This blog-style article format will allow the OYYACM team to easily update ministry leaders as developments in ministry occur. Articles guiding ministry leaders will be released as they are written/updated.
Formerly, the best practices of youth ministry were recorded in the Youth Ministry Handbook (initially written in 2006 and last updated in Sept. 2015). While this handbook still contains many great practices, the format didn’t allow for easy updating and some of the articles are starting to be dated or superseded with enhanced best practices. With the creation of the new office website, it was decided to:
- Ensure any resources are written to serve not only youth ministry, but also young adult and campus ministries. (The legacy handbook, primarily focused on middle and high school youth ministry.)
- Split the safety and risk management youth ministry articles, which rarely have updates, from the methodology best practices, which are more frequently changing. The safety and risk management articles from the legacy handbook can still be found in a pdf download, found here, while the future best practices articles will be found in the Resource section.
- Create new articles for the Resource Section by first reviewing each article in the legacy handbook and updating them with current information and to also add new information and resources based on common questions, ministry leader needs, and current trends. For example, new resources might include a list of the latest games being used at youth nights, or a list of peer reviewed speakers, musicians, and camp venues. Meanwhile, we would update articles on Comprehensive Youth Ministry from Renewing the Vision to be more intentionally discipleship process focused, rather than piecemeal opportunities.
Since not all of the Legacy Youth Ministry Handbook is completely outdated and the Resource section is still a work in progress, the last updated handbook will continue to be available until we have holistically updated each relevant article to the most current standards and best practices. Much information can still be gleaned from the Legacy Youth Ministry Handbook.
NOTE: The formation pathways identified under the section “The Youth Ministry Professional Development/Formation” does not reflect the current OYYACM standards / expectation. Contact us to discuss what formation would be most beneficial for your professional formation. We can help you create a customized plan.