Youth Ministry Studies Program

The 2010-2012 YMSP cycles have been completed.  Stay tuned for when we will offer the program again!

The Youth Ministry Studies Program (YMSP) is a ministry education program for adult leaders--volunteers and professionals--who minister to youth ages, 10-19 in both parish and school settings. It equips youth ministry  and campus ministry leaders with the knowledge, skills, practical tools and techniques needed for creative and comprehensive ministry with youth.

Each of the eight YMSP courses stands alone as a separate workshop, while the set of all eight courses stand together as a comprehensive studies program. 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 second year focuses on fostering the faith growth of youth through evangelization and catechesis, prayer and worship, justice and service, and pastoral care.

YMSP is...

An integrated studies program whose completion is recognized nationwide

An enrichment or continuing education program for veteran leaders

A workshop series which can be taken on a course-by-course basis by professional or volunteer leaders

A potential transferable experience towards a Pastoral Ministry degree or in conjunction with the Archdiocesan Ministry Formation Program.

YMSP is co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of Portland Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry and the Center for Ministry Development.

 

YMSP Cycle I Courses YMSP Cycle II Courses

 

   

Principles of Youth Ministry

 

Practices of Youth Ministry

 

Foundations of Ministry Leadership

 

Skills for Christian Leadership

Justice & Service

 

Prayer & Worship

 

Pastoral Care

 

Evangelization & Catechesis

 

Principles of Youth Ministry    

Principles of Youth Ministry presents the foundational understandings and principles for developing an effective, comprehensive ministry with young and older adolescents. It examines the dynamics of promoting healthy adolescent development and faith growth. It presents the vision and principles for comprehensive youth ministry and a model for developing comprehensive youth ministry which incorporates developmentally appropriate youth programming, strengthens family life, involves young people as integral members of the faith community, and collaborates with civic organizations in a common effort to promote positive youth development.

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Practices of Youth Ministry  

Practices of Youth Ministry explores the development of comprehensive youth ministry through the collaborative sharing of the resources in the community. Rooted in a theological and pastoral vision of community life, this course develops foundational understandings that will assist leaders in setting and implementing a vision for dynamic ministry with youth. This will include skills for advocacy, planning and organizing youth ministry efforts. Methods for collaborative leadership among ministries and within ministry teams will also be developed.

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Foundations of Ministry Leadership

Foundations of Ministry Leadership explores the theology, principles, and practices of effective leadership in Christian ministry. Participants will explore current leadership concepts and approaches, as well as Christian perspectives on leadership. Participants will also learn how to empower individuals and teams of leaders for ministry with youth. The course combines theory presentation with experiential learning as participants explore (a) leadership theory and an assessment of styles for effective leadership; (b) theological and pastoral foundations for understanding leadership and empowerment; and (c) processes and tools for inviting, preparing and nurturing adult and youth leaders in ministry.

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Skills for Christian Leadership

Skills for Christian Leadership addresses the theories and skills needed for principle-centered leadership in ministry. Participants will develop a practical, working understanding of leadership process and skills and the experiential ability to use the skills. The course stresses the application of leadership skills to various ministry settings, problems, and issues.

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Prayer and Worship  

Prayer and Worship investigates the foundational role that prayer and worship have in fostering the spiritual growth of youth. Participants develop understanding and practical skill necessary for: (a) preparing liturgy and worship experiences, (b) fostering the prayer life of youth and preparing prayer services, and (c) understanding the role of youth retreat experiences. Participants will apply these understandings by developing a realistic and integrated approach to worship within a comprehensive youth ministry.

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Pastoral Care 

Pastoral Care explores principles and methods of caring for young people from various cultures and their families. The course develops an understanding of the breadth and depth of pastoral care, of family systems and adolescent development, and the role that cultural identity plays in the development of adolescents. The goal is two-fold: (a) it aims to promote healthy adolescent development from a pastoral care perspective and (b) to develop preventative interventions for families with adolescents.

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Justice and Service

Justice and Service explores the foundations for fostering a justice and service consciousness and spirituality in youth drawn from: Scripture, Catholic Social Teaching, adolescent development, and contemporary catechetical principles. It develops skills for creating integrated, action learning models for the justice and service components of a comprehensive youth ministry.

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Evangelization & Catechesis

The Evangelization & Catechesis course develops the foundations and practices for nurturing the faith growth and Catholic identity in young and older adolescents through evangelization and catechesis. Participants will explore a variety of way to learn of and from Jesus, and how to promote a living relationship with Jesus in the lives of adolescents. They will examine a contemporary approach to developing Catholic identity and Catholic practices in the lives of adolescents today. Participants will experience and analyze the “postmodern” culture and develop strategies for faith formation with adolescents in a postmodern world. They will learn creative approaches for evangelization and catechesis and develop skills and methods for evangelizing and catechizing adolescents.

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Directions to Griffin Center

11933 SE Fuller Rd.
Milwaukie, 97222
503-785-1796
I-205 to Sunnyside Rd. exit (exit #14). Go West on Sunnyside. Cross over 82nd Ave (Hwy. #213) and go to 1st traffic light which is Fuller Rd. (the first major street on the right side). Make a right onto Fuller and school will be on your left. (Between Christ the King parish and school and La Salle H.S.).

 

For more detailed directions, go to http://minfrm.archdpdx.org/GriffinCenter/GCDirections.html