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|NFCYM-Youth Ministry Leader, HS Campus Ministry, Pastoral Juvenil, Diocesan Youth Ministry Leader|
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)
Portfolio Requirements for Diocesan Youth Ministry Leader (DYML)
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.
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
4.1.8 Affirming and calling forth the unique gifts of youth and the adults serving them by
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,
4.1.12 Building knowledge and skill for working with and within the diverse cultures in the
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,
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,
4.2.4 Creating pastoral models and open ecclesial spaces that are linguistically and
4.2.5 Promoting academic education among Latino young people; offering means to help
(* 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
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