Resources for Ministry with Young People
in response to the COVID-19 global health crisis
Peace be with you! And welcome! Please let us begin with a word of gratitude for you and all you do! We know that in just the blink of an eye, virtual every aspect of your work and ministry has been upended. Our current circumstances are requiring us to think outside the box, continually revisit our mission as Church, and flex some creative muscles that we didn’t even know we had. In some respects, these are yet-to-be-charted waters of the New Evangelization.
As we look to restart Youth Ministry programs and gatherings, it’s good to remember that we are all still on the learning curve of figuring out how to do ministry in our present circumstances.
It is our hope that the list of resources (below) will assist you in your work and ministries.
Note: Inclusion on the following list does not indicate any form of endorsement or approval; rather, this is a crowd-sourced collection of those resources that are known within and used by those active in the field of Catholic youth ministry. All hyperlinks worked at the time of publication. We cannot guarantee that they will work at a future time.
Be assured of our prayers for you, your loved ones, and your ministries!
RESOURCES FOR YOUTH MINISTRY LEADERS
MOMENTUM: The Accompaniment Symposium (presented by NFCYM)
Tuesday, September 1 | Noon to 3:30 PM | $35
This virtual, half-day event will focus on ways to evangelize through accompaniment in our current reality.
The Frontier: A Virtual Conference for Navigating New Roads in Youth Ministry (presented by Life Teen)
September 18 -19, 2020 | $200/parish
As a part of Life Teen’s fall 2020 Emmaus Initiative, which offers adapted resources and training to all who serve in Catholic Youth Ministry, The Frontier is a two day training conference for everyone and anyone involved in youth ministry on a parish level.
National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) COVID-19 Response – The NFCYM has compiled a robust list of resources that includes webinars and discussions for coping with crisis, virtual ministry and event guidance, mental health resources, tools and tips for working and ministering remotely, etc.
ProjectYM.com – “We love Catholic Youth Ministers, and we want to help you thrive. …[W]e believe that your ministry is important. We believe that you should not have to do it alone. And (most importantly) we believe that you matter.”
V Enduentro – Recursos para la Pastoral durante la Crisis de Covid-19 – El V Encuentro ha compilado una lista de recursos proporcionados por organizaciones católicas. Estos recursos apoyan a la pastoral hispana y a los agentes pastorales, padres y a todos los católicos. Se incluyen recursos, oraciones, seminarios web, listas de misas en línea y transmisiones en vivo. Al hacer clic en el enlace a continuación, saldrá del sitio web del V Encuentro. Los enlaces se proporcionan únicamente para la conveniencia del usuario. Al proporcionar estos enlaces, el V Encuentro y la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos no asume ninguna responsabilidad ni respalda necesariamente el sitio web, su contenido ni las organizaciones.
50 Creative Ideas for Parishes during the COVID-19 Pandemic (available in Español, too!) – The Diocese of Orange has shared a list of creative ideas that could be applied to your ministries, or might spark new ideas of your own!
Ave Maria Press Professional Development Webinars – Ave Maria Press offers a series of free, profession development workshops for parish ministry leaders! Enjoy access to free presentations by experts in every area of parish ministry from the comfort of your home or office.
LifeTeen Base Camp – Base Camp is a live online show about messes, mountains, and ministry for youth ministers, core members, priests, and anyone else that is working in the vineyard of youth ministry. Each episode features practical insights from ministry workers and Life Teen staff that will help your youth ministry impact more teenagers and connect you with other passionate youth workers from around the world.
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
WAYS TO CONNECT WITH YOUNG PEOPLE
Online Meeting Platforms to Consider
Live Stream Platforms and Ideas
- Platforms to consider: YouTube, Instagram Live, Facebook Live, Facebook Groups
- Livestream prayer times: Adoration, Ignatian prayer group, daily rosary, Novena at 9, etc.
- Livestream daily reflections and short inspirational messages
Games for Virtual Ministry
- Project YM Games
- JackBox – Play JackBox games with friends and family remotely
- Kahoot – Create and play!
- Basic Instagram for Beginners
- Basic Instagram Stories for Beginners
- Instagram Live Beginner tutorial
- 10 Instagram Story Ideas Nobody Shows You
- Facebook Live Streaming Tutorial
- How to Host a Meeting with GoToMeetings
- How to Use Google Meet – Detailed Tutorial
Do you have an idea, resource, or suggestion that you’d like to share with others involved in Youth Ministry? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!