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Advocacy #4

We regularly assess the needs of young people and allow the vision we articulate for ministry to be shaped by those needs

Context

Effective pastoral ministry is to be people-centered and needs focused. Focus on the people – not the programs. Young people are not called to events, but to discipleship.

Goal

Effective and comprehensive pastoral ministry with young people calls for regular assessment of the needs of young people with young people actually being involved in the process of assessment. Ministry to young people as well as the evaluation of that ministry should correspond to these stated needs. Further, there is to be a stated “vision” of pastoral ministry with young people in the parish, one that is communicated to all staff and parish committees and leaders. This vision should be renewed every two years.

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: