As someone who has been heavily involved in youth ministry, I have had the opportunity to train and work with leaders who have the privilege to work with young people.
One of the must-read books for any youth ministry leader is Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry. I have lived and breathed that document for years. I have come to the conclusion that this particular document should be re-titled: “Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Ministry.”
If you take out the word “youth” from the entire document, I believe you have the beginnings of a vision that can be practically applied to any church. Let me explain.
Renewing the Vision states three overarching goals that drive all the activities we do with and for our youth.
- To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.
- To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.
- To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.
These are amazingly articulate goals for any youth ministry program. However, I think these goals are perfect for an entire church. Just take out the word “young.”
- To empower people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.
- To draw people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.
- To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each person.
See what I mean? The goal of any church should be to empower people to live out their faith, draw them into the life of the church, and foster their growth.
Next time you begin to articulate your overarching goals for your church or ministry, keep these goals in mind. I think you’ll find these goals motivating and will help you develop an action plan that will truly impact those you serve.
Question: Can you see yourself using these goals in your ministry? Why or why not?