Young Adult Ministry

What is Young Adult Ministry?

The Church's Ministry with Young Adults:

The Catholic Church has always sought to provide ministry to people in their teens, twenties, and thirties through marriage preparation, campus ministry, Catholic singles groups, military chaplaincies, and participation in various organizations and movements. Young adult ministry itself, as a designated area of pastoral care, has been part of church life in many dioceses for [decades].

Goals for Young Adult Ministry:

Goal 1: Connecting Young Adults with Jesus Christ. To foster the personal and communal growth and education of young adults toward a relationship with Jesus Christ leading to Christian Maturity.

Goal 2: Connecting Young Adults to the Church. To make contact with young adults and to invite and welcome them to participate in the life and mission of the Christian community, which proclaims Jesus Christ by preaching the Gospel.

Goal 3: Connecting Young Adults with the Mission of the Church in the World. To invite young adults, through healthy relationships, work, and studies, to embrace the mission of Christ to promote the building of the kingdom of God in the world today, thereby bringing about the transformation of society.

Goal 4: Connecting Young Adults with a Peer Community. To help young adults develop relationships with peers who share similar values and beliefs which nurture and strengthen their faith, thereby creating communities of support.

-Quoted from Sons and Daughters of the Light a pastoral plan for ministry with young adults from the USCCB.