Priorities for Youth and Young Adult Ministry
In no particular order:
- To encourage the church to recognize that youth and young adult ministry must be owned by the whole community for it to be a priority in the church. Staff time in youth and young adult ministry must be increased to reflect this priority.
- To provide a church environment where youth and young adults are welcomed, nurtured, and supported both personally and spiritually.
- To provide opportunities for youth and young adults to gather in faith and friendship and in community locally, regionally, and nationally.
- To continue to develop and update the youth and young adult ministry network across the church to facilitate the sharing of ideas, resources, and people.
- To provide training and continuing education in youth and young adult ministry for people involved in paid accountable ministry.
- To provide opportunities where youth and young adults can participate as full members in the church. This would include work in all courts of the church.
- To provide leadership opportunities for youth and young adults that nurture both their leadership skills and their spiritual life.
- To provide programs and opportunities that develop and encourage the mission and outreach awareness of youth and young adults both in Canada and around the world.
- To encourage worship that inspires youth and young adults’ participation and spiritual development.
- To create and encourage pastoral care for youth and young adults, especially in times of change, challenge, and crisis.
- To honour a style of faith that is searching and questioning that confronts the traditions and historical faith in God and Jesus Christ so that we can be rooted and also dynamic.
- To integrate the work of youth and young adult ministry into all parts of the church. This includes working among units to be informed and informing of one another’s work in youth and young adult ministry.
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