A PASTORAL PLAN FOR YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY
WHO ARE YOUNG ADULTS?
GOALS OF YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY
- To connect young adults with Jesus Christ through spiritual formation/direction, religious education/formation, and vocational discernment.
- To connect young adults to the Church through evangelizing outreach, formation of the faith community, and pastoral care.
- To connect young adults with the mission of the Church in the world through forming a Christian conscience, educating and developing leaders for the present and future.
- To connect young adults with a peer community through developing peer leadership and identifying a young adult team for the purpose of forming faith communities of peers.
FROM BISHOP SOTO'S STRATEGIC PLAN
"In the early chapters of the Gospel of John, two men met the Lord Jesus on the road. Their first question to him was, “Where do you live?” (Jn. 1:35-39). Young men and women will make the decision to follow Jesus Christ in the Catholic Church if they have the opportunity to meet him in their own journey. Youth and young adult ministry requires an investment of time and resources. There must be sufficient number of ministers to be leaders, catechists, and mentors. Opportunities both online and in parishes will be provided for Catholic formation and fellowship so that young people can learn to be good disciples of Christ and faithful companions with one another on their common journey of faith. The three Newman Centers in the Diocese as well as other resources for college youth will serve as centers for fellowship, worship, and the discernment of Christian vocations."
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