Missionary leaders guide others, in vulnerability, to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and do so understanding the sequence of faith development— that is, pre-evangelization, evangelization, discipleship, and, ultimately, mission. Further, missionary leaders exercise, at every stage of formation, the mindset that disciples beget disciples. As such, the OYYACM provides the most cutting edge and relevant ministry research, training, and resources to support this basic, kerygmatic mission.
Ascend is orientation and coaching for new ministry leaders. It is a yearlong investment of resources from the OYYACM to ensure that those new to their positions or to ministry all-together have the support needed to be fruitful ministers. Ascend involves a two day orientation with overnight accommodations, a ministry self-assessment, a personalized formation plan, and the opportunity to gather monthly in a formation cohort under the mentorship of a seasoned leader. The areas of formation offered through Ascend are spiritual, human, intellectual, operational, pastoral, and methodological. Ascend is about elevating a leader’s knowledge of diocesan and parish operations, ministry competencies, and how to best serve those entrusted to our care.
Audience: Ascend welcomes all Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry Leaders (full-time, part-time, volunteer) and Non-parish Organization Representatives who are either new to their position or new to ministry all-together. All ages and levels of ministry experience are welcome and can benefit fully from Ascend.
Summits are inspirational large group gatherings that offer prayer, community, and edge-sharpening formation for all ministry leaders served by OYYACM. The prayer opportunities are authentic, reverent, and inclusive of Mass whenever possible. During activities, small groups, and meal times, Ministry Leaders are able to build relationships beneficial to their ministries. Summits invite the best in the field to share presentations that are relevant to the times, forward thinking, and applicable to the entire audience. The height of our formation offerings, Summits intend to leave ministry leaders restored by the Spirit, encouraged by their peers, and motivated to serve.
Audience: All Summits welcome all Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry Leaders (full-time, part-time, volunteer), Ministry Team Volunteers/Catechists, and any Supervisors, Priests, Non-parish Organization Representatives, and other Parish Ministry Leaders that find the presenting topic relevant.
Volunteer Summits are specifically aimed at a particular audience; namely, volunteer or part-time Ministry Leaders who cannot attend weekday Summits and Ministry Volunteer Teams or Catechists. Additionally, Volunteer Summits may be offered in either English or Spanish. Ministry Leaders are welcome to attend Volunteer Summits with their Volunteer Teams.
Summit Retreats take the powerful elements of a Summit and combine them with an extended time period and a spiritual lens. Summit Retreats focus on the foundation of our ministries: our relationship with Jesus and the Church. Before we are ministry leaders, we are sons and daughters of God. Summit Retreats are a time for ministry leaders to be purely recipients when they are so often givers. In a trusting space, among peers who care, leaders can seek restoration from the Holy Spirit.
Audience: Summit Retreats welcome all Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry Leaders (full-time, part-time, volunteer), Ministry Team Volunteers/Catechists, and any Supervisors, Priests, Non-parish Organization Representatives, and other Parish Ministry Leaders that desire the spiritual offering.
Basecamps are niche training opportunities offered on focused topics. Similarly to a mountaineering basecamp, they are intended to resource, train, and condition ministry leaders to elevate their work in the field. Basecamp topics respond to what are known to be the greatest training needs at the time.
Audience: Basecamps can accommodate up to 20 participants and welcome all Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry Leaders (full-time, part-time, volunteer), Ministry Team Volunteers/Catechists, and any Supervisors, Priests, Non-parish Organization Representatives, and other Parish Ministry Leaders that find the presenting topic relevant.
Permission Click is an online registration form tool paid for by the OYYACM and available at not cost for parishes to use for their youth, young adult, and campus ministries. Form templates allow leaders move from paper to online registration forms.
Strategic Ministry Development fosters the growth of missionary leaders for parishes that have been mentored to act as missionary disciple maker-makers. A good ministry director can be characterized as one who effectively manages all aspects of the ministry he or she shepherds, namely the spiritual, methodological, and business components. The Office of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministries partners with parishes to identify and articulate the culture and charism of the community, merge the stated culture and charism with an intentionally crafted why, how, and what statement, carefully select strategic goals oriented toward ministry with the specific demographic identified in the why statement, and execute those goals with precision utilizing a “boots on the ground” mentality.
SMD Coaching is the specific consultative moments when ministry leaders have specific questions or needs. Each OYYACM Staff member is gifted in different areas to respond to these needs.
In the Diocese of Dallas, the normative age for Adolescent Confirmation Preparation is the eighth grade. The Office of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministries is the consultative support and primary guide for all Diocese of Dallas ministry leaders that oversee adolescent age Confirmation preparation initiatives.
Especially when charting new territory in methodologies and frameworks, it is important to model with unabashed confidence and excellence what we hope to one day see executed within a parish. As such, the OYYACM provides a few live content opportunities that directly impact the constituents of a given parish’s ministries. Because live and direct content at a diocesan level will rarely serve the mission of making missionaries, the impact of such opportunities is felt in the modeling of ministry par excellence. Live and direct content should only serve to build a platform for advocacy that can ultimately be leveraged and scaled for parish missionary leader teams.
All events should echo St. Augustine’s philosophy that in order to convey the gospel, it is necessary to teach, to delight, and to move. To be effective, events should be attractive and well-done, drawing people in and planting in them a desire for more. It is important that all events maintain a high standard of quality, extending to someone the opportunity to enter wholeheartedly into the experience of Christ’s love.
WE DO THIS BY:
Investing in a high-quality experience with the best venues, lighting, sound, etc.
Selecting relevant and dynamic speakers, worship leaders, and content creators.
Carefully plan the details, creating an experience that promotes both human and spiritual awareness.
Promoting the event with attractive, high quality material and social media content.
DCYC is for high school youth from throughout the Catholic Diocese of Dallas to gather for an exciting weekend of prayer, community building, spiritual development, and worship. Youth will be empowered and strengthened in their faith as they experience powerful keynote speakers, high energy praise and worship music, vibrant liturgies, breakout sessions, Reconciliation, and Adoration.
The 635 is an effort of the Office of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministries to provide young adults in the Dallas area, regardless of their faith backgrounds, with an undeniable sense of belonging, a safe space to encounter God, and access to a supportive Christian community.
The 635 offers several series a year that focus on a particular faith topic that is relevant to young adult life. The gatherings happen monthly and consist of worship, a message, and time for prayer.
World Youth Day (WYD) is a worldwide encounter with the Pope which is typically celebrated every three years in a different country. The most recent WYD was celebrated January 2019 in Panama City, Panama. WYD is open to all young people who want to take part in a festive encounter with their contemporaries centered on Jesus Christ. This event is an opportunity to experience, in first person, the universality of the Church; to share with the whole world the hope of many young people who want to commit themselves to Christ and others. World Youth Day is a unique way to deepen your faith and grow closer to Christ, by means of prayer and the sacraments, together with thousands of other young people who share your interests and ambitions.
Save the Date: The next World Youth Day is in Lisbon, Portugal in July 2022. Pilgrimage details will be available about 12 months before the event.
Pastoral Juvenil Hispana is a young adult ministry model/movement designed for those who prefer to participate in a culturally specific movement. The movement collaborates among participating parishes, develops leadership, and nurtures a commitment with Jesus and His Church.
The OYYACM functions as a curator of conversation and operates with a think tank mentality, always seeking to crowdsource the best ideas, methodologies, and structures for sharing with the body of missionary leaders throughout the diocese of Dallas. As missionary leaders ourselves, we lead our colleagues by building relationships of trust, knowing that the best advocacy and networking takes place when missionary leaders operate first as sons and daughters of Christ.
- Report summarizing the results of the 2018 Convocation on Youth, Young Adults, and Vocational Discernment
- Feedback for Francis Surveys: Providing local data to the Holy Father
The eGram is a monthly newsletter that highlights important news, announcements, and upcoming events pertaining to youth and young adult ministry leaders. The email also summarizes next months events on the community calendar.
The Office of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministries maintains a robust website to give ministry leaders the information they need, while also giving middle and high school youth (and their parents) as well as young adults living in the Diocese direction to finding ministries.