Three interdependent and equally important goals guide the Church’s ministry with youth.
1 .To Live as a Disciples of Jesus Christ
The first goal of youth ministry is “to empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world”. It helps young people learn what it means to follow Jesus Christ and to live as His disciples today, empowering them to serve others and to work toward a world built on the vision and values of the reign of God.
2 .Participation In the Catholic Faith Community
Another important goal of youth ministry is “to draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community”. The ministry and mission of the Church are shared by all through Baptism.
3.Personal and Spiritual Growth of the Young
The final goal of youth ministry reminds us “to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.” Ministry with young promotes the growth of healthy, competent, caring and faith-filled Catholic young people.
4 .The Goals In action
Research and pastoral experiences have demonstrated that there are particular assets -knowledge, values, skills, and commitments that can make a significant difference in promoting the faith development and growth of young. The youth ministry seeks to:
i) Guide young people in the call to holiness by developing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ by meeting Him in the Scriptures, in the life and teachings of the Catholic Church, and in their own prayer lives;
ii) Empower young people with the knowledge and skills for active participation in the life and ministries of the Church;
iii) Nurture in young people positive, Catholic values of love, honesty, courage, peace and nonviolence, fidelity, chastity, generosity, tolerance, respect for life from conception to natural death, care and compassion, service to those in need, equality, social justice, integrity, responsibility, and community;
iv) Empower young people to live the moral and theological virtues and apply these virtues in making moral decisions;
v) Foster development of a personal spirituality and prayer life in young people;
vi) Nurture in young people an understanding of an active participation in the sacramental life of the Church, especially the Eucharist;
vii) Empower young people to become healers and reconcilers when conflicts arise, to pursue peace, and to become peaceful persons;
viii) promote positive self-image in young people, including an appreciation of one’s ethnic culture, a sense of self-esteem, a sense of purpose in life, a positive view of one’s personal future, and a humble acceptance of one’s self as lovable and loved by God and others;
ix) Help young people recognize the movement of the Holy Spirit in their lives and discern their particular Christian vocation in the world; and
x) Cultivate the gifts and talents of young people, and empower them to utilize these gifts and talents in leadership and ministry in the Church and community including peer ministry and intergenerational skills.
Having seen the goals of youth ministry we shall deal with the models of youth ministry.