• Case Study: Youth Ministry Analysis

    Pages: 16

    A 16 page paper. St. Basil the Great Parish Youth Group is comprised of youth between the ages of 15 and 21. The group members along with the co-facilitators believe it is time for these youth to move towards practical theology by sharing what they know with younger children. This paper presents and discusses a proposal for change. Topics included include the purpose and goals of the group, strengths, current state and desired state, human systems, force-field analysis, and the identified root problem. Part B includes the results of an actual survey of the group members and an analysis of the results, comments about ministry praxis, strategy for gaining support for the peer ministry and what that peer ministry would do. The paper ends with a list of the activities that would be included in the evaluation of the program. 1 Table is included. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

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    (80 percent) are between the ages of 18 and 21. The youth group meets for two hours on Sunday afternoons. The group is co-facilitated by the writer and the writers  wife, who is the Director of Religious Education for the parish. The writer is a catechist. The major goals for this group are: to learn more about the Catholic  tradition; to increase fellowship; to design fund-raising events and to fund spiritual retreats for the members of the group. One of the major strengths of the youth group is  the strong sense of ministry among the youth. Older members are eager to act as mentors for younger members. Additionally, the members demonstrate a sense of responsibility, the ability to  think independently and the desire to share what they know with others. The greatest weakness is the lack of a vehicle for these youngsters to advance in their desire to  be ministers of the faith. The desired goals include the original goals outlined above: to continue learning about the Catholic tradition; to enhance fellowship among people in this age  group; to design and hold fund-raising events; and to use at least some of those funds to pay for spiritual retreats for the group members. The advanced goal is to  have a system that allows the members of the group to have a program that allows them to share their knowledge and understanding. The members need to have a formal  program through which they can teach what they know to others. St. Basils youth group, then, becomes an open human system (Lawyer and Lawyer, 2002, pp. 4, 6) wherein members  gain knowledge and then they share that knowledge with others who may be outside the group. Feedback from others will lead to modification (Lawyer and Lawyer, 2002, p. 4) on 

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