As a youth minister of the Archdiocese of Denver we want to help serve you to better do ministry in your parishes and around the Archdiocese. This page of the website is here to be a source of information and resources to help you grow. If there is anything that we can do as an office to help you in your ministry or any questions you have please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Resources for Youth Ministers
We want to make sure that you as a youth minister in the Archdiocese of Denver have the support you need to not only grow in service to the teens of your parish but also to grow as a youth ministry professional. Below are just some of the things we offer or recommend you check out to continue to grow in your ministry.
Youth Minister Monthly Meetings
On the second Thursday of each month from 9AM-2PM we meet in Bonfils Hall on the St. John Paul II Campus. These meetings are an opportunity to grow in community with the other youth ministers of the Archdiocese as well as continue to grow educate yourself in the youth ministry field so that you can better serve your parishes. Each meeting also starts with some time for prayer lead by one of the priests of the Archdiocese.
And no youth ministry event would be complete without food so we will also provide lunch and other snacks throughout the day.
2020-2021 Youth Minister Meeting Schedule
August 13: TBD
September 8-10: Fall Youth Minister Retreat
October 8: TBD
November 12: TBD
December 17: Youth Minister Christmas Party
January 14: TBD
February 11: Mountain Madness Informational Meeting
March 11: TBD
April 8: TBD
May 13: Spring Youth Ministers Retreat
Youth Minister Retreat
Fall Retreat: Every September we host a Youth Minister retreat over 3 days that is always the week after Labor Day. This retreat is an opportunity to step back and allow ourselves to open up to the Holy Spirit as we prepare to begin the new youth ministry year. It is also a great opportunity to build community among other youth ministers of the diocese. Currently the retreat take place up in Vail, Colorado. Each year we have a different retreat speaker and in addition we have a priest join us to lead us in Mass, Adoration, and Confession.
2020 Fall Youth Minister Retreat- September 8-10
Retreat Speaker: Bob Rice
Priest: Fr. Ryan O’Neill
Cost: $165 (food and lodging included)
Single Occupancy cost is more
Spring Retreat: Every May we have a day long retreat lead by one of the priests of the Archdiocese up at Mother Cabrini Shrine. This is a great opportunity to give thanks to God for the blessings of the past year of youth ministry and to continue to allow us to to be open to God’s promptings as we enter into the summer of ministry.
Chat ‘n’ Chew 2.0
Youth ministers throughout the diocese have a wide range of experience and education in doing youth ministry. We want to help the newer youth ministers in our diocese to help them as they grow in their ministry over the first two years. It is also our hope to help you make it past the burnout average of 18 months in youth ministry. Every other month we will host an event over breakfast to walk with you for the first two years of youth ministry.
Youth Minister Newsletters
Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday we send out a youth minister newsletter email that discusses some of the upcoming events and news you might want to know. If you are not receiving out emails please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM)
The NFCYM seeks to empower young people to be missionary disciples. That’s why they equip you – pastoral leaders, youth ministers, parents, and others – as you accompany youth to be Christian witnesses in their daily, and ever-changing lives.
The Archdiocese of Denver is a Diocesan partner with the NFCYM and we encourage you to look also to them for resources in growing in your ministry.
The NFCYM puts on the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) and the National Conference of Catholic Youth Ministers (NCCYM) on opposite years from each other. There will be a diocesan group that travels to NCYC that we encourage you to take part in. We also think that the NCCYM is a great opportunity to continue to learn more about doing your ministry.
As well as the two conferences that the NFCYM puts on every year they also host regular Webinars that speak to different issues that you may be facing in your ministry.