Youth ministry

Youth Ministry, also commonly referred to as youth group, is an age-specific religious ministry. Faith groups or other religious organizations carry out youth ministry to involve and engage with young people who attend their places of worship, or who live in their community. Christian youth ministry usually encompasses one or more of the following:

  • encouraging young people (whether they have professed a faith or not) to learn more about a given faith and to become more involved in spiritual life
  • providing open youth clubs or other activities for the common good of the young people, sometimes without an overtly religious agenda

As well as organizing events and activities, youth ministry will usually include some form of religious instruction and pastoral oversight of young people.

Christianity

Protestantism

In Protestant churches, the term "ministry" often implies the service of an ordained minister or pastor. In youth ministry, however, this is not always the case — a youth ministry leader may be an ordained member of the clergy, an employed lay person, or a volunteer. Titles applied to youth ministry leaders vary widely as well, even within denominations, using terms such as "Youth Minister", "Youth Pastor", or simply "Youth Worker".

Catholicism

Catholic youth work covers a worldwide range of activities carried out with young people, usually in the name of the Catholic Church and with the intention of imparting the Catholic faith to them and inviting them to practice and live out the faith in their lives. Activities in the field range from small scale youth groups attached to parishes or Catholic schools, to large international gatherings, such as World Youth Day. It is a field which has evolved much over recent decades, especially in comparison to more formal methods of education or catechesis within the church. Nearly all dioceses and a great deal of parishes have some form of youth provision running, although a great deal of areas particularly in the developed world are finding youth work both more difficult and rare as the numbers of young people regularly practicing the Catholic faith continue to decline. In contrast, though, the new and exciting developments of recent decades and particularly the influence of the new movements within the church are ensuring that youth work continues to be an active and fruitful field.

Catholic young people

Unlike the case in some Protestant churches, a youth minister in the Roman Catholic Church is not a member of the clergy. Ministry, including youth ministry, is considered one of the functions within the Church because most believe that people should start learning about God at a young age so they have more time to grow spiritually through adulthood. Therefore, it is more likely for a Catholic youth minister or youth ministry leader to be a lay person, rather than an ordained priest.

Unitarian Universalism

There are organizations within the Unitarian Universalist Association (the primary organization of Unitarian Universalist congregations in the United States), as well as within the Canadian Unitarian Council (the national body for Unitarian Universalist congregations in Canada), which minister to and with youth, of which Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU) is the largest and most apparent. YRUU strongly emphasizes youth empowerment, along with youth-adult partnership. There are also specific youth-oriented programs, such as Coming of Age, and Our Whole Lives, a lifespan sexuality education program with a youth age group.

Education and career path

Youth ministers may be trained in an education specifically to work with youth. Many Bible and Christian universities and colleges now offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in youth ministry. While youth ministry was previously considered a stepping stone on the way to becoming priests, nuns and other important vocations, the trend is currently moving toward treating it as its own vocation. Most congregations or places of worship have a strict vetting process for their youth ministers, including but not limited to background checks, educational requirements and previous relevant experience.

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Catholic Church in Israel

The Catholic Church in Israel and the Palestinian Territories is part of the worldwide Catholic Church, in full communion with the Holy See in Rome.

Catholic youth work

The phrase Catholic youth work covers a wide range of activities carried out with young people, usually in the name of the Catholic Church and with the intention of imparting the Catholic faith to them and inviting them to practice and live out the faith in their lives. Activities in the field range from small scale youth groups attached to parishes or Catholic schools, to large international gatherings, such as World Youth Day. It is a field which has evolved much over recent decades, especially in comparison to more formal methods of education or catechesis within the church. Nearly all dioceses and a great deal of parishes have some form of youth provision running, although a great deal of areas particularly in the developed world are finding youth work both more difficult and rare as the numbers of young people regularly practicing the Catholic faith continue to decline. In contrast, though, the new and exciting developments of recent decades and particularly the influence of the new movements within the Church are ensuring that youth work continues to be an active and fruitful field.

Daniel Kozelinski Netto

Daniel Kozelinski Netto (born 18 February 1952) is the Apostolic Administrator sede vacante of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Eparchy of Santa Maria del Patrocinio in Buenos Aires since his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI on 22 June 2011. He had previously served as Auxiliary Bishop of São João Batista in the Ukraine in Curitiba.Kozelinski Netto was born in Cologne Paraiso, Bom Sucesso, in Parana state in 1952. He attended philosophy studies at the Studium OSBM Curitiba and theology at the Studium Theologicum Claretianum the same city. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry and Catechetics at the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome. He was ordained priest 10 February 1980.

He carried out his pastoral ministry in various activities and tasks: coadjutor in the parish of the eparchical cathedral, and pastor of the parish, "St. Joseph" in the seminary and Trainer Dorizon eparchial less, and pastor of the parish "Sacred Heart of Jesus" and Rector of the Minor Seminary; Rector of the Seminary "St. Josaphat," and pastor of the cathedral eparchial, and pastor of the parish, "St. Joseph" in Cantagalo, a student in Rome at the Pontifical Salesian University, in pastoral service in the city of Mallet, PR.

On 20 June 2007 he was appointed Titular Bishop of Eminenziana by Pope Benedict XVI and Auxiliary of the Eparchy of São João Batista of the Ukrainians in Curitiba (Brazil). He received his episcopal consecration on 16 September of same year. At present, plays the role of the Eparchy Syncellus and deals with the region's pastoral União da Vitoria, a city where she lives.

He was appointed Apostolic Administrator sede vacante of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Eparchy of Santa Maria del Patrocinio in Buenos Aires on 22 June 2011 replacing Sviatoslav Shevchuk who was elected Major Archbishop following the retirement of Cardinal Husar.

In January 12, 2013 he also was appointed by the Holy See as Apostolic Visitor in Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile and Venezuela for Ukrainian Catholics.

Episcopal Diocese of Central New York

The Episcopal Diocese of Central New York is a diocese of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America encompassing the area in the center of New York state. It is one of ten dioceses, plus the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, that make up Province 2 of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America.

The diocesan bishop is DeDe Duncan-Probe, eleventh bishop of Central New York, and the diocese's first female bishop. Youth ministry includes C.A.R.E. which makes mission trips.

As of 2013 the diocese had a membership of 12,307 down from 21,000 in 2003.

Episcopal Diocese of Texas

The Episcopal Diocese of Texas is one of the dioceses of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. The diocese consists of all Episcopal congregations in the southeastern quartile of Texas, including the cities of Austin, Beaumont, Galveston, Houston (the see city) and Waco.

The 153 congregations in the Diocese of Texas have ministries, locally and abroad. They include: homeless and feeding ministries, clinics, after school programs for at risk youth, ministry to seniors, ESL and citizenship classes and much more. Two new churches, St. Julian of Norwich (Austin) and St. Mary Magdalene (Manor) were planted in 2010.

Institutions of the diocese include; St. Vincent's House, a social service agency, in Galveston; St. David's Hospital, a healthcare system, in Austin; El Buen Samaritano, an agency to help working poor in Austin; COTS/LOTS, Community of the Streets, outreach to homeless men and women in midtown Houston; Episcopal High School, Houston; St. Andrew's Episcopal School, Austin; and the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin.

The diocese traces its foundation to Christ Church in Matagorda in 1838, when it became the first foreign missionary field of the Episcopal Church (as part of the Republic of Texas). Together with Christ Church, Houston (1839) and Trinity Church, Galveston (1841) it formed the Episcopal Church of Texas, the Episcopal presence in the Republic of Texas. It formally became a diocese of the Episcopal Church in 1849.

Christ Church became the cathedral of the diocese in 1949.

The current bishop is C. Andrew Doyle (born 1966). He succeeded Don Wimberly as diocesan on June 7, 2009 upon Wimberly's retirement.

Hatsal Youth Ministry Institute

Hatsal Youth Ministry Institute is a Catholic organization in South Korea providing formation for people working in youth ministry as well as research on topics related to youth ministry and a network for the Catholic youth ministries in South Korea. Hatsal is a member of the umbrella of Catholic youth organizations Fimcap.

Hillsong United

Hillsong United (stylised as Hillsong UNITED or UNITED) is a worship band that originated as a part of Hillsong Church. Formed in 1998 as part of Hillsong's youth ministry, the band consists of several rotating worship leaders from the church, including Brooke Fraser, Joel Houston, Reuben Morgan and Marty Sampson. Due to several songs written by the youth ministry, Hillsong worship leader Darlene Zschech recommended that they record an album, which resulted in their debut extended play, One, which was released alongside the Hillsong Worship album Touching Heaven Changing Earth. Since then, the group has released eleven annual live albums, as well as four studio albums. The band composes songs and performs in church services as well as concerts in worldwide tours.

Joe Byrne (Canadian politician)

Joe Byrne (born December 26, 1961) is the leader of the New Democratic Party of Prince Edward Island. He became leader on April 7, 2018 after defeating two other candidates on the first ballot of the NDP leadership convention.

Previously, Byrne was the federal NDP candidate. in Charlottetown riding in the 2011 and 2015 federal elections, placing second behind Liberal Sean Casey in 2015.

Byrne was a missionary in the Dominican Republic for seven years and then served as director of youth ministry at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlottetown for 12 years. Since 2010, he has been community connections supervisor with the PEI Association of Newcomers to Canada, where he has helped plan the annual ‘DiverseCity’ festival.

Life Teen

Life Teen is a Catholic youth ministry organization and movement originating in the United States. Life Teen believes that "Eucharist-based ministry has the power to transform teens, transform parishes, and transform culture." "Inspired by pope John Paul II's call for a New Evangelization, Life Teen believes that youth are the key to this new springtime in the Church."Life Teen is known primarily for their parish-based Life Teen program for high school teenagers and is used by over 1,800 Catholic parishes in 31 countries around the world. In 2003, "seeing the need for dynamic middle school ministry," they launched the Edge program for middle school youth which is now used by almost 1,000 parishes in 10 countries. As of 2005, over 100,000 high-school-age Catholics across the country attend Life Teen each week.

Maritime Christian College

Maritime Christian College is a degree-issuing institution located in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The college is part of the Church of Christ / Christian Church Restoration Movement. The purpose of Maritime Christian College is to equip students for Christian ministries such as pulpit ministry, Christian education and youth ministry. It also serves to educate and enrich students for personal, active Christian service.

New Hope Christian College

New Hope Christian College is a private Christian bible college in Eugene, Oregon. It has a curriculum that centers on the vocational application of Biblical training including pastoral studies, Christian counseling, Christian education, intercultural studies, business, worship arts, and youth ministry.

Oblate Youth Australia

Oblate Youth Australia (OYA) is a network of Catholic youth who identify with a particular Charism of the Religious order of The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Created in 2000 by Fr. Christian Fini at St. John Vianney's Parish, the community has grown into a national group, gathering yearly at the National Oblate Youth Encounter and participating in a variety of youth ministry events within Australia and across the world.

Pathfinders (Seventh-day Adventist)

The Pathfinder Club, or simply Pathfinders, is a department of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (SDA), which works specifically with the cultural, social and religious education of children and teens. Boys and Girls 10 years and up are members of the club all over the world. Though similar in many respects to Scouting, Pathfinders have a stronger Spiritual emphasis on all their activities. the Pathfinder Club has been an official component of the Seventh-Day Adventist church's youth ministry since 1950. Currently, the program is overseen globally by Dominican director Andrés J. Peralta.An estimated 38% of Adventist youth aged 18 and under "Are members of Pathfinders or a similar church-sponsored youth group", according to a 2002 worldwide survey of local church leaders.

Protestant youth ministry

A Protestant/Evangelical Youth ministry is a Christian ministry intended to instruct and disciple youths in what it means to be a Christian, how to mature as a Christian, and how to encourage others to claim Jesus as their Savior. This is accomplished through teaching, relationship building and/or mentoring. Youth ministries may vary widely depending on their denomination, size, liberal or conservative outlook and geographic location. The ministries themselves are almost always built on relationships between the youth minister and the student and their shared perception of their relationship to God. Youth have become an integral part of nearly every church’s ministry programming, and youth ministries continue to have a profound impact on the societies in which they exist.

Scripture Union

Scripture Union (SU) is an international, inter-denominational, evangelical Christian movement. It was founded in 1867, and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world. The movement's stated aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God.

SU's work is carried out through local people in ways which are seen as appropriate to each country, culture and situation in which a movement is based. This can include running camps, and missions (e.g. holiday beach mission), working in schools and with student groups or producing resources for Bible reading, family counselling, AIDS education, urban children and youth ministry and ministry to the handicapped.

Scripture Union is an autonomous organisation in each country, linked together by Scripture Union International. It is primarily a volunteer organisation with a small number of full-time staff training, encouraging and coordinating ministry workers around the world. Scripture Union is also a member of the Forum of Bible Agencies International.

Recently, Scripture Union USA has been building their efforts in social media outreach. YouTube and Facebook evangelist Mark Brown has been noted as having an important role with the organization.

Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary are a Roman Catholic religious congregation. They were founded at Marijampolė, Lithuania, by the Most Rev. Archbishop George Matulaitis, MIC on October 15, 1918.

The sisters observe the evangelical counsels and live in their religious community. In the USA, Canada and Lithuania they serve in diversified ministries: education, youth ministry, health care with the aged, social, pastoral and parish work, communications and hospitality.

Sports minister

A minister of sport (or sports minister) is a position in the governments of some countries responsible for dealing with sports.

Minister of Sport may refer to:

Minister for Sport (Australia)

Ministry of Sports (Belarus)

Sports & Youth Ministry (Belgium)

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports (Burkinafaso)

Minister of Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport (Manitoba), Canada

Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports (France)

Ministry of Education and Sports (Hungary)

Minister of Sports (India)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Ireland

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (Iceland)

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (Iran)

Culture and Sport Minister of Israel

Youth and Sports Ministry (Kenya)

Ministry of Ethnic Affairs and Sports (DPRK)

Ministry of Ethics & Sports (Macedonia)

Ministry of Youth & Sports (Malawi)

Minister of Youth and Sports (Malaysia)

Minister for Sport and Recreation, New Zealand

Ministry of Tourism and Sports (Thailand)

Ministry of Sports (Oman)

Ministry of Sport (Russia)

Ministry of Sports & Human Resource (Rwanda)

Ministry of Youth and Sports (Serbia)

Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, Singapore

Ministry of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment & Sports (Sri Lanka)

Ministry of Culture & Sports (Tajikistan)

Ministry of Social Affairs & Sports (Tanzania)

Minister for Sport and Tourism, United Kingdom

Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, Scotland, UK

Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (Vietnam)

Minister of Sports (Zimbabwe)

Western Theological Seminary

The Western Theological Seminary of the Reformed Church in America, known as Western Theological Seminary (WTS) is a seminary located in Holland, Michigan, in the United States. Established in 1866, it is one of two seminaries operated by the Reformed Church in America, a mainline Reformed Protestant denomination in Canada and the United States that follows the theological tradition and Christian practice of John Calvin.The seminary offers professional and graduate degree programs for candidates for ministry, and to those pursuing careers in academia or non-theological fields. It was established to fill a need for theological education on the (then) western frontier of the Reformed Church in America. In its theological identity, Western Theological Seminary is ecumenical and Reformed. Western Theological Seminary prepares students for ministry often involving ordination (many in the Reformed Church in America), as well as for further graduate study, chaplaincy, missions, youth ministry, social service ministry, etc. Although WTS is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America, it is ecumenical in scope and it educates students from other denominations, including: the Christian Reformed Church, the United Church of Christ, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Young Religious Unitarian Universalists

Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU) is a term used within the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in the United States and formerly the Canadian Unitarian Council. YRUU was an organization at the continental level primarily run by youth, ranging in age from 14 to 20, with mentoring adult partners. The continental organization of YRUU ended in 2008, but the term is still used by certain active youth groups and conferences at the congregational and district levels.The continental YRUU goals included youth empowerment, social activism and building leadership qualities. YRUU members often made their presence known in public demonstrations; for instance, in the June 23, 2006 protest in St. Louis, Missouri against Victoria's Secret for allegedly printing its catalogues on paper from endangered North American forests.In February 2008, UUA President William G. Sinkford, in a letter to the YRUU Steering Committee, announced there would be no further funding for continental level YRUU at the end of the fiscal year. "There is broad consensus that the current structure for continental youth ministry is not serving our faith well," wrote Sinkford. "It is true that continental YRUU, as we have known it, will be replaced at some point by a new structure that will serve us better." Two months later, the UUA Board of Trustees announced it would cease its funding for the continental level YRUU activities in June 2008 and refocus its North American youth ministry endeavors. The Youth Ministry Working Group (YMWG) was appointed and charged with recommending a strategic imagination and framework for Unitarian Universalist youth ministry. The YMWG concluded in 2009 and issued a final set of recommendations of concrete actions that could bring forth a vision of vibrant, congregationally-based youth ministry and truly multigenerational faith communities.Beginning in 1982, continental YRUU published the newspaper Synapse, which appeared three times a year. In 2005, budget cuts forced the publication to be switched to two online issues that were compiled into a single print edition. In 2007, the UUA's Office of Youth Ministries halted publication, identifying a lack of submissions and staffing, and announced that Synapse would be replaced by a newsletter that would be published three times a year. The UUA's Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries now publishes a monthly e-newsletter distributed by email and an ongoing blog, Blue Boat, which is open to submissions about topics of interest to and/or written by UU youth, young adults, or their adult allies.

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