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.
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