National Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies
The Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies is a ministry training program for those in ministry with youth in both parish and school settings. It equips leaders with the practical tools and techniques needed for creative and comprehensive ministry with youth.
The program includes eight weekend courses offered over a two-year period. The primary aim for the program is to promote personal, spiritual, and ministerial growth. Courses in the first year cover Youth Ministry principles, theological foundations, and leadership process and skills. Courses for the second year focus on fostering the faith growth of youth through evangelization and catechesis, prayer and worship, justice and service, and pastoral care. You are not required to take the classes in any order, so you can begin the process at any time.
Second year courses begins in September 2015. All classes are offered on the weekend. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please see the dates below. The cost of each class is $200 ($800 for the entire cycle). This includes books, course materials, coffee in the morning and lunch for both days. If you would like to register for any or all of the classes, please contact Graciela Aviles
Please note that the National Certificate in Youth Ministry is the suggested pathway for Coordinators of Youth Ministry to complete the Continuing Catechetical Formation Certificate process as outlined by the Office of Catechetical Services. Please refer to pages 18 – 20 of your
Youth Ministry Specialization Complement Handbook
to review how the National Certificate meets these requirements.
Graduate credit is available through the University of Dallas School of Ministry. Please contact Michelle Meny
if you would like more information.
Master Catechist Certificate Information
Parish Directors/Coordinators of Youth Ministry & Youth Ministry Volunteers/Catechists w
ho have attended the courses for the National Certificate in Youth Ministries Studies Program can apply to receive their Master Catechist Certificate that is offered through the office of Catechetical Services Department. Please review the material below to see if you are eligible to receive your certificate.
Equivalency Application Instructions
Equivalency Application (Master Catechist)
First Year (Cycle 1) Courses include:
Principles of Youth Ministry ~ Tom East - Sept. 12-13, 2015
Principles of Youth Ministry presents the foundational understandings and principles for developing an effective, comprehensive ministry with young and older adolescents. It examines the dynamics of promoting healthy adolescent development and faith growth. It presents the vision and principles for comprehensive youth ministry and a model for developing comprehensive youth ministry which incorporates developmentally appropriate youth programming, strengthens family life, involves young people as integral members of the faith community, and collaborates with civic organizations in a common effort to promote positive youth development.
Practices of Youth Ministry ~
Nov. 7-8, 2015
Practices of Youth Ministry explores the development of comprehensive youth ministry through the collaborative sharing of the resources in the community. Rooted in a theological and pastoral vision of community life, this course develops foundational understandings that will assist leaders in setting and implementing a vision for dynamic ministry with youth. This will include skills for advocacy, planning and organizing youth ministry efforts. Methods for collaborative leadership among ministries and within ministry teams will also be developed.
Foundations of Ministry Leadership ~ James Merhaut - Jan. 23-24, 2016
Foundations of Ministry Leadership explores the theology, principles, and practices of effective leadership in Christian ministry. Participants explore current leadership concepts and approaches, as well as Christian perspectives on leadership. Participants also learn how to empower individuals and teams of leaders for ministry with youth. The course combines theory presentation with experiential learning as participants explore (a) leadership theory and an assessment of styles for effective leadership; (b) theological and pastoral foundations for understanding leadership and empowerment; and (c) processes and tools for inviting, preparing and nurturing adult and youth leaders in ministry.
Skills for Christian Leadership ~
Angel Barrera -
April 2-3, 2016
Skills for Christian Leadership addresses the theories and skills needed for principle-centered leadership in ministry. Participants will develop a practical, working understanding of leadership process and skills and the experiential ability to use the skills. The course stresses the application of leadership skills to various ministry settings, problems, and issues
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