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Advocacy #2

We do not wait until young people are in middle school to invite them to be involved in parish life

Context

Jesus said, Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. (Matthew 19:14)

Goal

Effective and comprehensive pastoral ministry with young people remembers, The partnership between children’s ministry and ministry with adolescents is one of the most vital relationships in the church. After all, the kids who are in (the) children’s programs will one day be in (the) youth programs. It isn’t as if teenagers, like the Greek gods of old, sprang fully formed from their parents’ foreheads. Every adolescent you minister to was once a child. (Ryan Timpte, Center for Youth Ministry Training)

Suggested Implementation

Methods for Evaluation

Within the same calendar year as you attempt to address this concern, delegate individuals, both young and old, to ask: