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NFCYM-Youth Ministry Leader, HS Campus Ministry, Pastoral Juvenil, Diocesan Youth Ministry Leader
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Below are the specific portfolio requirements for the specializations administered by NFCYM followed by their specialized competencies.  To download the specialized competencies as a pdf click here.

Portfolio Requirements for Youth Ministry Leader with Pastoral Juvenil Hispana and/or High School Campus Ministry Leader (YML)

 

  1. A cover letter in which the applicant formally requests certification.
  2. All initial application materials for admission to the certification process.
  3. Written assessments by the candidate, supervisor, peer or colleague, subordinate, (arch)diocesan director.
  4. Minimum 120 clock hours or 12 credits in four core disciplines (see Theological Competencies), with the remainder totaling no fewer than 240 hours to be completed before the first renewal of certification. Equivalency may be demonstrated by a paper, examination, lecture or other approved method by providing certificates or diplomas and transcripts from (arch)diocesan, national or foreign pastoral institutes.
  5. Ninety (90) hours of training and formation in youth ministry and/or pastoral juvenil Hispana (PJH). For PJH candidates, additional evidence of knowledge and skill in various aspects of Hispanic ministry. For High School Campus Ministry Leader candidates, additional evidence of knowledge and skill in various aspects of campus ministry.
  6. Four to six items of evidence for each core standard and the specialized YML, and DYML, PJH or CML competencies. A sample presentation on the vision, mission and overview of youth ministry in the parish, school or ministry setting. (This could be an outline, pamphlet, schedule, presentation or other method that communicates and advocates the ministry to others.)
  7. Integration paper that applies personal, spiritual, theological, pastoral and specialized competence to the practice of pastoral ministry.

Portfolio Requirements for Diocesan Youth Ministry Leader (DYML)

  1. A cover letter in which the applicant formally requests certification.
  2. All initial application materials for admission to the certification process.
  3. Written assessments by the candidate, supervisor, peer or colleague and subordinate.
  4. Preferably a master’s degree in theology, pastoral ministry or allied field. Equivalency in one or more of the core theological areas may be demonstrated by a combination of research paper, lecture or other approved method or by providing certificates or diplomas and transcripts from (arch)diocesan, national or foreign pastoral institutes.
  5. One hundred twenty (120)  hours of training and formation in youth ministry and/or Pastoral Juvenil Hispana (PJH). For PJH candidates, additional evidence of knowledge and skill in various aspects of Hispanic ministry.
  6. Four to six items of evidence for each core standard and the specialized YML, DYML, PJH or CML competencies (see list of preferred types of documents found in the Certification Handbook). A sample presentation on Catholic youth ministry and/or Pastoral Juvenil Hispana.
  7.  Integration paper that applies personal, spiritual, theological, pastoral and specialized competence to the practice of pastoral ministry.

 

NFCYM / Youth Ministry Leader, including Pastoral Juvenil Hispana and/or High School Campus Ministry Leader (YML) Specialized Competencies

 

A lay ecclesial minister serving as a youth ministry leader is responsible for overseeing ministerial efforts directed to all the Catholic youth (adolescentes in Spanish) in a parish, a school, and/or a community-based setting and is pastorally responsive to the ethnic and cultural makeup and needs of the disabled in that community.

 

  • An important and unique form of ministry in the United States is pastoral juvenil Hispana (PJH), which serves unmarried youth and young adults, often together. Ministry with Hispanic young people requires the competencies presented below for all youth ministry leaders (YML 1.0-4.1.12) plus those specific for pastoral juvenil Hispana   (PJH 4.2.1-4.2.6).
  • Ministry in the Catholic High School setting requires the competencies listed below for all youth ministry leaders (YML 1.0-4.1.12) plus those specific for campus ministry leader (CML 4.4). 
  • Diocesan youth ministry leaders are required to follow the YML competencies and the DYML competencies and may need to consider the PJH and CML competencies.

A youth ministry leader will:

 

 YML 1.0   Understand the history, mission, vision, goals, principles, themes, components, and dimensions of Catholic youth ministry and/or pastoral juvenil Hispana as outlined in the U.S. bishops’ pastoral plans and related Church documents.

YML 2.0   Identify the developmental needs of youth and young adults in the U.S. context, with its particular popular, ethnic, and family subcultures, as appropriate to the faith community being served.

YML 3.0   Apply the theories, models, processes, methods, resources, and best practices of Catholic youth ministry and/or pastoral juvenil Hispana as appropriate to the ministry setting including parish, school and community programs, among others.

YML 4.0   Collaborate with the faith community in planning, implementing, and evaluating outreach to and pastoral ministry for young people, utilizing the components Catholic youth ministry and/or mission and principles of of pastoral juvenil Hispana as appropriate to the ministry setting.

YML 4.1   Be capable of implementing comprehensive Catholic youth ministry with young people by:

 

 4.1.1   Utilizing the aims, principles, processes, and methods of catechesis set forth in the 

foundational catechetical documents to implement faith formation in the context  of  adolescent culture and development.

4.1.2    Facilitating the development of community among youth, their families, and within the Church and society, including the development of small faith communities by youth from different cultures, spiritualties, or pastoral models.

     4.1.3   Inviting youth to and facilitating opportunities for youth to grow in intimate

 relationship with Jesus Christ and empowering them to live and witness as missionary  disciples in today’s world especially to their peers.

        4.1.4    Engaging youth in the social mission of the Church in accord with Catholic social

 teaching, taking into account the personal, sociocultural and religious reality of the young   people.

        4.1.5    Fostering healing and promoting healthy growth and development in youth and in

      their relationships as a vital part of their human and Christian maturity process.

       4.1.6    Empowering youth to celebrate and deepen their relationship with the triune God

        through individual and communal prayer and participation in the liturgical and

                 devotional life of the Church and through popular religious devotions.

       4.1.7    Engaging the Church and the broader community in voicing and       
       addressing the rights, responsibilities, and needs of youth of diverse backgrounds without 
       prejudice for their race, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, creed, national
       origin, immigration status, socio-economic status, political beliefs, and ethnicity.

       4.1.8    Affirming and calling forth the unique gifts of youth and the adults serving them by  
       
providing opportunities for their ongoing spiritual growth and leadership 
development.

       4.1.9    Developing awareness of and supporting youth to consider the various vocations,

                 priesthood, consecrated life or marriage as paths of discipleship in the Church.

       4.1.10   Accompanying the young people in their development as whole persons through

                 processes that integrate all the dimensions of life and faith, as they move from

                 preadolescence to adolescence and young adulthood.

       4.1.11   Curating resources and using appropriate digital platforms to evangelize, catechize, 
       form community, collaborate and communicate within and outside of the faith community.

       4.1.12   Building knowledge and skill for working with and within the diverse cultures in the   
        ministry setting and wider community.

 

A youth ministry leader including pastoral juvenil Hispana will:

 

PJH 4.2 Be capable of implementing the mission and principles of pastoral juvenil Hispana with young people by:

             4.2.1     Fostering a pastoral de conjunto across organized ministries and pastoral juvenil

              Hispana committees (i.e., catechesis, sports/recreation, prayer, Scripture study, choir,     
             drama, dance, prevention, intervention, academic assistance, etc.), geographies (intra-parish, 
             inter-(arch)diocesan, regional, national, international), groups,
 communities, and movements.

4.2.2     Recognizing and fostering the gifts and protagonism* of adolescents and jóvenes in pastoral juvenil Hispana and in the mission of the Church in their homes, neighborhoods, and wider community.

     4.2.3    Nurturing the preservation of the Spanish language and cultural traditions,
     
values, and customs in order to promote a sound Latino- integrated-with-Catholic identity
     through an evangelizing process.

  4.2.4     Creating pastoral models and open ecclesial spaces that are linguistically and
  socioculturally appropriate for Latino adolescents and jóvenes of diverse backgrounds,
  
based on a pastoral plan that responds to their needs, in a Church that is a community of
 communities with shared leadership and vision.

  4.2.5    Promoting academic education among Latino young people; offering means to help
 
them reach a high school diploma, decreasing the high level of Latino drop outs, increasing
 
attendance in higher education, and guiding young people toward greater personal and
  professional achievement. 

 

(* Protagonism: This concept is essential in pastoral juvenil; it indicates that young people are the main pastoral agents among their peers, and that the role of adults is to empower them by: (a) helping them assume their baptismal call; (b) accompanying them in their faith journey; (c) advising them in their efforts of ministering to their peers; and (d) supporting them as they undertake and fulfill their call to evangelize their contemporaries and transform their social environment according to gospel values, as indicated in many Church documents.)

 

A youth ministry leader including high school campus ministry leadership will:

 

As a member of the high school campus staff and community a campus ministry leader (CML) will have the necessary competencies to oversee, assess, develop, model, promote and lead Catholic ministry to high school youth and advocate for the mission or charism of the high school being served.

 

A High School campus ministry leader, in addition to the YML competencies 1.0-4.1.12, will:

CML 4.4 Implement the mission and principles of campus ministry in a high school setting by: 

 

4.4.1    Understand the history and mission of Catholic schools in the United States, the role that Diocesan and religious order schools play in local, state, and national communities, and the importance of working collaboratively with faculty, staff and administration. 

         4.4.2    Plan, coordinate, oversee, and lead retreats that are developmentally and theologically 
         appropriate for the students being served.
         4.4.3    Plan, prepare, coordinate and oversee liturgy, sacraments and prayer services in the
         school community, in accord with Church teaching, law, local norms and best practices.
         4.4.4    Create pastoral models and open ecclesial spaces that arelinguistically and socio-
         culturally appropriate for adolescents of diverse backgrounds, including those who are not
         Catholic or Christian.

 


NFCYM / Diocesan Youth Ministry Leader (DYML) Specialized Competencies

 

As an agent of the local ordinary, a(n) (arch)diocesan youth ministry leader (DYML) has the necessary competencies to oversee, assess, develop, model, and promote Catholic youth ministry and/or Pastoral Juvenil Hispana as appropriate to the local culture(s) and demographics of the (arch)diocese.

 

A diocesan youth ministry leader, in addition to the YML 1.0-4.1.12 competencies, will:

 

DYML 4.3.1   Develop, implement, and oversee (arch)diocesan policies and procedures

regarding child safety/protection and ministerial ethics in accord with the USCCB

Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

DYML 4.3.2   Design, organize, and implement gathered youth ministry programming, including

retreats, conferences, rallies, pilgrimages, etc for youth in the diocese.

DYML 4.3.3   Provide consultation, training and resources for comprehensive parish youth

ministry, including pastoral juvenil Hispana.

DYML 4.3.4   Cultivate volunteers through professional youth ministry leadership, including

applying best practices in hiring.

DYML 4.3.5   Develop and lead pastoral planning for youth ministry in accord with

(arch)diocesan priorities, structures, policies, procedures, and resources.

DYML 4.3.6  Lead and manage an (arch)diocesan office, including supervision of staff,

managing a budget, and collaborating with other (arch)diocesan offices and

departments.

                       

 

The Process

  1. Apply for certification by creating a membership and uploading appropriate documentation. 
    Pay the $95 application fee.
  2. APPLICATION is reviewed by your organization's Partner Certification Review Committee (PCRC)
  3. When application is approved by the PCRC you become a CANDIDATE for certification. 
  4. Begin creating your PORTFOLIO by uploading assessments, documents and your integration paper.
    Pay the $165 candidacy fee.
  5. When complete, your PORTFOLIO is reviewed by your PCRC. The PCRC may ask for more information or offer guidance to strengthen your portfolio.
  6. Then the portfolio is forwarded to the National Certification Review Committee (NCRC) and then to the Alliance Commission for final approval.