A Special Resource for Faith Communities/Pastoral Leaders: The Virtual Edition of Pathways to Ministry Toolkit is here! It contains a guidebook for creating local gatherings of youth, campus, and young adult ministry leaders and parish and vocation ministers in the development of pathways to ministry in your area, as well a collection of 107 Strategies to get young people engaged and open to a life of pastoral ministry in the Roman Catholic Church.
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Are you between 18 and 35?
Want to learn about becoming a leader in the Catholic Church (especially professional lay ecclesial ministry)?
Are you a parent/family of a young adult?
Would you like to be supportive of future pastoral leadership?
The 21st century Catholic Church in the United States is experiencing new growth and renewed opportunities for leadership. Alongside traditional vocations to the priesthood and religious life, new forms of professional lay ecclesial ministry have arisen. Directors of Religious Education, Pastoral Associates, Coordinators of Youth Ministry, Directors of Liturgy and Pastoral Music, Social Ministry Coordinators and various other ministries have all become a part of American parish life.
But this brings with it a share of confusion and challenge.
This site is dedicated to providing guidance in that search for young adult catholics—the next generation of pastoral leadership. It also provides resources for parents/families of young adults as well as faith communities to assist them in supporting those young adults to explore a possible future in church ministry.