Faith Formation with Adolescents
Adolescent faith formation addresses the unique life tasks, needs, interests, and spiritual journeys of the adolescents and their families. The eight faith forming processes are the framework for life stage faith formation, in addition to life issues appropriate to that stage of life and missional initiatives to engage the spiritual but not religious and the unaffiliated and uninterested. The eight processes include:
Principles & Practices
“Community of Communities” Approach to Youth Ministry - Ken Johnson-Mondragon with Ed Lozano
In a community of communities approach, the paid or designated volunteer youth ministry leader chairs a core team that consists of adult coordinators and key youth leaders who oversee each of the youth ministries or small communities. This approach is very helpful in linguistically diverse youth communities, as it affords the opportunity for young people to gather in a peer group in which they share a common language and socio-cultural experience. It lowers the social barriers to entry into the parish youth ministry for young people who may feel different, isolated, or marginalized for any reason. At the same time, it provides multiple opportunities for teens to get involved in the church throughout the week—which is great for families and young people with busy schedules.
Characteristics of a Healthy Youth Ministry - Kenda Creasy Dean
Congregations that succeed in nurturing the faith of young people tend to demonstrate certain key characteristics. Kenda Creasy Dean identifies 11 top characteristics of a healthy youth ministry.
Engaging a New Generation - Frank Mercadante
This article offers new insights into how to engage a new generation of adolescents in a world that is experiencing an epistemological transition - moving from a modern to a postmodern understanding of truth. and generational change - transitioning from youth ministry and faith formation practices founded on Baby Boomers and Gen X teenage sensitivities to ones rooted in a Millennial Generation. Making sense of these foundational cultural changes can help clear the haze around the disconnect many of today’s young people are experiencing with the church; and paves the way for an effective pastoral response to a new generation.
Goldilocks in Our Midst: Ministry with Young Adolescents - Mary Lee Becker
This article provides a contemporary understanding of today’s young adolescents and offers lots of practical suggestions for ministry and faith formation. It offers three keys to working with young adolescents: understand them, engage them, and empower them - elements that are critical to success in what we provide (content and format) and how we interact (process and relationship) with young adolescents.