Lifelong Formation

Summer Institute 2017

About the Summer Institute

Featuring the certificate in youth ministry studies® (Link)

Program provided through the center for Ministry Development (Link)

The Youth Ministry Leadership Development Summer Institute is a ministry education program for adults in ministry with youth in both parish and school settings. It equips leaders with the knowledge, skills, practical tools, and techniques needed for creative and comprehensive ministry with youth. Participants in the Certificate Program must be at least 18 years of age and have graduated from high school.

This program is designed for adults involved professionally or as volunteers with younger (10-14) or older (14-19) adolescents in a parish or school setting. The potential audience for the program includes the following:

  • Coordinators of youth ministry 
  • Directors of religious education 
  • Youth ministry volunteer leaders
  • Junior high leaders
  • High school campus ministers
  • Teachers
  • Clergy
  • University students
  • Seminarians

Individual courses offered during the weekends are also helpful for leaders who specialize in particular ministries. Those weekends include courses such as:

  • Course V 
    Evangelization and Catechesis (Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) 
  • Course VI
    Prayer and Worship (Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) 
  • Cabrini Retreat Center 
    July 22 - 23, 2017 presented by Tom East
  • Course VII  
    Justice and Service (Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) presented by Joan Weber
  • Course VIII 
    Pastoral Care 

The primary aim of the program is to promote personal, spiritual, and ministerial growth. Courses in the first year cover youth ministry principles and practice, and leadership theory, processes, and skills.

The Certificate program is utilized in a number of ways

  • As an integrated formation program leading to a Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies
  • As an enrichment or continuing education program for veteran leaders
  • As a workshop series which can be taken on a course-by-course basis by professional or volunteer leaders

Special intent was given to 20 Volunteer Coordinators of Youth Ministry from underserved-urban parishes struggling to develop or sustain youth ministry program because of the lack of affordable professional training in youth ministry. Greater focus was given to Vicariates III, IV, and VI where the sparks of youth ministry emerge and could not grow stronger without support.