Opening Scriptural Reading Mk 10:14-16
V. Ang Kahalagahan ng Misyon para sa Kabataan (Sinodo ng Bataan p64-65)
Ang ganitong pagtingin at pagpapahalaga ng Simbahan sa KAbataan ay akma at ganap na makikita sa karanasang nilalaman ng 3rd General Conference of the Latin America Bishop na ginanap sa Puebla, Mexico na maari rin nating pagnilayan. Pinansin doon ang maling pagtingin sa kabataan. “Huwag natin silang tingnan bilang isang pangkat ng mga taong may tukoy lamang na taong gulang. Sa halip ang kabataan ay dapat tingnan bilang “isang pananaw” o “isang pag-uugali” na lagging nagtatanong, naghahanap ng katotohanan at may malikhaing kakayanang tumugon sa nagbabagong takbo ng mundo” (Ka-Lakbay p37-38)
Ang kabataan ay hindi lamang simbahan ng bukas, bagkus sila din ay SIMBAHAN NG KASALUKUYAN!
Higit pa rito, binibigyan din natin ng sapat na pansin ang Panlipunang Doktrina ng Simbahan na tumutukoy bilang simbahan ng mga dukha na may “piling pagtatangi sa mga dukha” Preferenial Option for the Poor (Centisimus Anus 57) Ngunit kung ating titingnan na sa ating populasyon ang pinakamarami ay ang kabataan at ang mga kabataang ito ay karamihan ay dukha. Kaya maari rin nating sabihin na ang tunay na pangangailangan pala ng simbahan, lalo na sa bansang dukha ay ang PILING PAGTATANGI PARA SA KABATAAN o PREFERRENTIAL OPTION FOR THE YOUNG (Ka-Lakbay p38-39) dahil nga an gating mga kabataan ay hindi lamang dukha, sila ay lalong higit na nangangailangan ng ibayong pagkalinga, gabay at misyon. Sila ay mahalaga at may tanging pitak sa puso ng Diyos, maging sa puso ng Inang Simbahan.
Sabi nga po sa (Art. 50, No. 2).PCP II
"Youth ministry should be assured of the fullest attention and highest priority in every way by all in the Church"
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Basic Structure of Youth Ministry
A Youth Council
Ideally, a basic structure of youth ministry, regardless of level, setting, and origin, is a council, composed of youth ministers COMMITTED to transform the ministry as a community of disciples.
At all levels, a youth council must enjoy sufficient flexibility of organization in order to respond to its realities and needs. It is left to them to find their own formula of membership and identity in their lifestyle.
They share a common and definite set of values and goals, and are bound by interpersonal relationships.
As a council, they follow a comprehensive and systematic process which is, at the same time, creative and contextualized, in promoting faith formation of young people: evangelization, catechesis, and pastoral care. A spirit of openness and dialogue, collaboration and solidarity marks their work.
A Youth Director/Formator, A Youth Coordinator and a Youth Leader comprise the Youth Council.
They are youth Ministers who have undergone appropriate training for their tasks and responsibilities, and are therefore capable for the functions attached to their roles in the council. They continue to take further personal, professional and ministerial formation and enhancement. Within the larger Christian community, they are recognized through the ecclesial hierarchy (e.g. the bishop, the parish priest, etc.)
1. Youth Director/Formator
∑ Spearheads the direction and thrust of the youth ministry under the scope of his/her council
∑ Monitors the youth programs and activities within the jurisdiction of his/her council
∑ Convenes and presides over youth meetings and/or assemblies
∑ Links with immediate superior/s and leaders of youth structures related to the council (e.g. Diocesan Youth Director links w/ the Bishop as the head of the Diocese and w/ the Diocesan Pastoral Council and other groups)
∑ Assures that the youth ministry is in line with the larger pastoral plan (e.g. The Parish Youth Director assures that the PYM is in line with the Parish Pastoral Plan)
∑ Initiates Fund sourcing for youth ministry efforts under his/her council
∑ Acts as adviser of the Youth Council
∑ Represents the Youth Ministry under his/her council to youth ministry gatherings.
2. Youth Coordinator
∑ Assists and collaborates with the Youth Director/Formator and Youth Leader in their tasks
∑ Oversees and supports the implementation of the council’s plans, and in other levels (national, regional, diocesan, etc.)
∑ Conducts regular visits to the Youth Ministry organizations within the scope of the council, to monitor implementation of youth ministry plans, and at the same time, study the needs and concerns of young people and of the youth ministry.
∑ Manages and maintains the youth office (if there’s any) under his/her particular level
∑ Serves as direct link with the other organizations of youth ministry
3. Youth Leader
∑ Assists and collaborates with the Youth Director/Formator and Youth Coordinator in their tasks
∑ Takes responsibility in running and implementating the youth ministry program and plans under his/her office
∑ Helps in the formation and education programs of the youth ministry
∑ Represents the youth within and for the council (e.g. The Parish Youth Leader represents the Parish Youth Council in the Parish Pastoral Council)
(These tasks are minimum … there can still be additional tasks … the YC can also add a secretary, a treasurer etc ..