After being involved in youth ministry for 10 years I grew very tired of many things. I would consider myself one of those people who had the privilege of starting from scratch in youth ministry. When I first started, the parish gave me a desk with no phone, no computer, and no youth group! Following the advice of others who worked in youth ministry, after about five years I had what many would call a successful youth group. It was successful in many ways and became a very safe place where the youth and families could come together to grow in faith.
Fortunately (and unfortunately at times) I am rarely satisfied. Although the youth ministry I was leading was relatively successful, I really didn't feel it was meeting the greatest needs of the youth and families in the parish. I began to pray, study, and wrestle with my deepest desires for youth ministry in the Church.
This is how Discipleship Focused Youth Ministry came about. In 2012 I began working with a handful of parishes who desired similar things. Since then I have been asked to share my wisdom from this journey with many others. In 2014 I started a blog at DiscipleshipYM.com sharing thoughts and encouragement to all of those who are journeying with me.
This course is the same training that I have provided "live" to 100+ parishes in numerous different Dioceses. It includes every aspect of training and every resource that I give to parishes desiring to get started. We ran the course last Fall and since then have been asked by many others when it will be open again.
By purchasing the course, you get access to 10 video lessons, a printable course workbook, numerous printable resources that you can copy for anyone in your parish, and discussion forums where you can dialogue about the content provided in the course and get feedback on how it may be implemented in your parish. The entire curriculum outline is listed below. While we go through the course as group in about six weeks, you have access to all of these materials for a full year. You also will be invited to a private Facebook Group so that you can continue the journey with your classmates and past classmates forever!
If you are a Pastor, Youth Minister, Faith Formation Director, or Director of Religious Education that is interested in deepening your understanding of discipleship and how a Discipleship Focused Ministry model can be implemented in your parish, than this course is for you.
If you are looking to change the way youth ministry is done in your parish, than this course is for you!
Although I am a bit bias, I find it hard to believe there is anyone involved in youth ministry that would NOT benefit from the content of this course.
That being said, if you are a small group leader or other type of youth ministry volunteer in your parish (not a parish leader), we do have a shorter course more targeted at leading a discipleship group that may be more fitting for you. You can find that course here.
Eric is a husband and father of four. He has been working full-time in ministry for the past 15 years and has been actively helping parishes and dioceses implement discipleship focused ministry since 2012. Eric is the founder of DiscipleshipTraining.com and also blogs at DiscipleshipYM.com. Eric has a great love for training and formation and has long believed that the best "strategy" in ministry is the formation of leaders. Eric also co-wrote a book titled Discipleship Focused Youth Ministry with his friend and mentor Jim Beckman.
If you are interested in hosting your own private course with youth ministry leaders from your Diocese, let us know. We are able to offer a substantial discount for groups of 5+ and provide a unique and valuable opportunity that several Dioceses have already taken advantage of! Email Eric at [email protected]