The church must become the traveling companion of young people – and that is what we mean by youth ministry. If, indeed, “it takes an entire village to raise a child,” then it certainly takes an entire church to journey with young people as they grapple with the Good News and respond in discipleship.
The National Conference of Catholic Bishops, in their 1997 document, “Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry“, identified three goals and eight components that provide direction for this ministry. Youth ministry, at its best, is characterized by the following five hallmarks:
- Giftedness and growth
- Entire church (parish) involvement
Because our children are vitally important to us and their needs are unique, we dedicate special effort to treating the issues which involve them.