Youth ministry, also commonly referred to as Youth group, is an age-specific religious ministry and is the way in which a faith group, or other religious organization involves and engages with the young people who attend its place of worship, or live in its community. Youth ministry will usually encompass one or more of the following:
- Encouraging young people who profess a faith to learn more about it and become more involved in spiritual life.
- Proselytism of young people who do not profess the faith of the organization, but who may have shown an interest.
- Providing open youth clubs or other activities for the common good of the young people, sometimes without an overtly religious agenda.
In Protestant churches, the term “ministry” often implies the service of an ordained minister or pastor. In youth ministry, however, this is not always the case — a youth ministry leader may be an ordained member of the clergy, an employed lay person, or a volunteer. Titles applied to youth ministry leaders vary widely as well, even within denominations, using terms such as “Youth Minister”, “Youth Pastor”, or simply “Youth Worker”.
Catholic youth work covers a world wide range of activities carried out with young people, usually in the name of the Catholic Church and with the intention of imparting the Catholicfaith to them and inviting them to practice and live out the faith in their lives. Activities in the field range from small scale youth groups attached to parishes or Catholic schools, to large international gatherings, such as World Youth Day. It is a field which has evolved much over recent decades, especially in comparison to more formal methods of education or catechesis within the church. Nearly all dioceses and a great deal of parishes have some form of youth provision running, although a great deal of areas particularly in the developed world are finding youth work both more difficult and rare as the numbers of young people regularly practicing the Catholic faith continue to decline. In contrast, though, the new and exciting developments of recent decades and particularly the influence of the new movements within the church are ensuring that youth work continues to be an active and fruitful field.
As well as organizing events and activities, youth ministry will usually include some form of religious education and a pastoral oversight of the young people.
With reorted more than two milion inmates in the USA alone, YOUTH Prison minisrry becomes a very important filed of evangelism in jails and prisons around the world.
Here is a list of Prsion Ministry groups and individuals involved in Youth Ministry.
Please contact them and enqure how you can be a part of this important outreach.