Networking with your fellow youth ministers is a great way to grow in confidence and competence in the practice of youth ministry. Please join me at a future Co-Workers in the Vineyard gathering to share your joys and struggles in ministry!

Our next meeting has not been set, but watch for updates in the eNewsletter!

The agenda is driven by the needs you bring to the meeting. We will start with prayer and I ask that everyone bring a need, concern or any other topic that you want to share with your fellow co-workers. By sharing together, it is my hope that we build a stronger community of youth ministers in the diocese.

Discipleship is a key theme that I want to talk about with the group, too. The diocesan synod that I mentioned above will focus heavily on discipleship. As you may already know, Bishop Paprocki is investing a lot of time and energy on becoming a stewardship diocese. And by stewardship, Bishop Paprocki is consistently clear that this initiative is not about money. By stewardship, we are all called and challenged to share more of ourselves by being more intentional about our discipleship in Jesus Christ. I would like to keep our bishop informed about the needs of youth ministers in our quest for being intentional disciples, so please help me by brainstorming your needs for what it means to be an intentional disciple for youth and you and a youth minister!

An ongoing point of discussion is the formation needs for youth ministers so we can be more effective at forming intentional disciples through our ministries. I am getting my monthly webinar series back up and running and need your input on the topics that will be helpful for you. And don’t forget to check out the gathered events for formation, too. Next month is our Diocesan Adult Enrichment Conference (DAEC) in Decatur. And there is a national conference call the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry that I highly recommend.

Finally, future meeting dates and locations are needed! I want these gatherings to be as accessible as possible across the diocese. I would like to have these gatherings every two months, or even more frequently if that is a need that youth ministers have. Please consider hosting in your parish!