Do you wonder why your parish doesn’t have young adult ministry?
Simply and primarily because young adult ministry is peer ministry, by adults and for adults. What can you do to start young adult ministry in your parish? Young adult ministry is not like youth ministry or campus ministry where there is a primary leader to set program opportunities. It’s up to you! For more information on what to do in your parish please contact Gregory Coogan.
Below are the steps to start developing a specific young adult ministry in your parish!
- Look for past leadership ability
- Recommendations from parish staff
- Youth ministry/CYO officers/LifeTeen Core Team Members
- High school leadership positions
- Involvement in RCIA
- Young adults on the parish council
- Involvement in liturgical ministries
- Involvement in the Faith Formation program
- College students who are commuters
- Young professionals
- Just out of college
- Involve a member of the parish staff on your leadership team.
Create from your list: people known personally by the leaders; parish data systems, past school and faith formation rosters
Names and addresses obtained through parish bulletins, newsletters, local newspapers, social networking, and places where young adults frequent.
Think of ordinary activities differently. For example, do a social after Mass like a Sundae Social with lots of ice cream. Leaders keep track of interest levels and anyone who offers help in any way. Have volunteer sign up sheets available, and follow up after the session with thank you emails or texts.
The following resources are available in the Young Adult Ministries for your use (631 Market Street, Camden, NJ 08102; at 856-583-2908) or contact Gregory Coogan.
Sons and Daughters of the Light
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Pastoral Plan for Ministry with Young Adults
The Basic Guide to Young Adult Ministry
John C. Cusick & Katherine F. DeVries (Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2001)
Connecting Young Adults to Catholic Parishes: Best Practices in Young Adult Ministry
Committee for Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (Washington: USCCB, 2010)
Googling God: The Religious Landscape of People in their 20s and 30s
Mike Hayes (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2007)
Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church
Kara Powell, Jake Mulder and Brad Griffin (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2016)
Churches Growing Young:
Churches are both shrinking and aging as more young people disengage. Based on groundbreaking research with over 250 of the nation’s leading congregations, Growing Young provides a strategy any church can use to involve and retain young people.
A Practical Guide for Young Adults: Leadership for Life
Michael Poulin, Lori Spanbauer, Joan Weber & Jennifer Willems
(Naugatuck, CT: Center for Ministry Development, 1997)
Seeds of Hope: Young Adults and the Catholic Church in the United States
(Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2008)
Young Adult Ministry in the 21st Century
(Loveland, CO: Group Publishing, 2006)
Young Adult Works
A 5 volume publication from The Center for Ministry Development