YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY VISION STATEMENT
Youth & Young Adult Ministry Office, Diocese of Cleveland
We recognize and celebrate the vital role women and men in their 20s and 30s, single and married, play in the church and the wider community. We connect young adults with Jesus Christ, with the church and its mission, and with other young adults through: Training and resources to those who minister with young adults in parishes, young adult organizations, and other institutions; and… Direct diocesan programs and services.
Who are Young Adults?
Young adults are persons in their late teens, twenties, and thirties who represent diverse cultural, racial, ethnic, educational, vocational, social, political, and spiritual backgrounds. They are college students, workers, and professionals; they are persons in military service; they are single, married, divorced, or widowed; they are with or without children; they are newcomers in search of a better life.
What Important Themes Need to be Emphasized in Young Adult Ministry?
In ministry and catechesis with young adults, several important themes need to be emphasized:
- The formation of conscience
- Education for love
- Vocational discernment
- Christian involvement in society
- Missionary responsibility in the world
- The relationship between faith and reason
- The existence and meaning of God
- The problem of evil
- The Church
- The objective moral order in relation to personal subjectivity
- The relationship between man and woman
- The social doctrine of the Church
What are the goals of Young Adult Ministry?
Goal One: To connect young adults with Jesus Christ through spiritual formation/direction, religious education/formation, and vocational discernment.
Goal Two: To connect young adults to the Church through evangelizing outreach, formation of the faith community, and pastoral care.
Goal Three: To connect young adults with the mission of the Church in the world through forming a Christian conscience, educating and developing leaders for the present and future.
Goal Four: To connect young adults with a peer community through developing peer leadership and identifying a young adult team for the purpose of forming faith communities of peers.
What are some Key Documents for Young Adult Ministry?
“Sons and Daughters of the Light,” a document on pastoral ministry to young adults; USCCB, 1996
Catechesis of Young Adults from the National Directory for Catechesis; USCCB, 2005