Resources

Recent Resources

Here are some recently highlighted articles and manuals that you might find especially helpful for your own youth ministry.  This resource section will be updated on a regular basis with fresh and new ideas.

Using the Parish Website to Power Adult Faith Formation

 

Best Practices for Youth Friendly Masses/Liturgies

In order to get youth excited and involved in a liturgy, there are some things that need to be taken into consideration.

Affirmation Overview

Affirmations are a way to promote self-esteem and a feeling of belonging in a community. Click here to read more.

Affirmation Ideas and Examples

These are some examples of affirmation prayer services and activities that you can do with your youth.

Cura Personalis

In Latin, Cura Personalis means “Care for the Entire Person.” We must learn to care for ourselves and others in a complete and healthy manner through God.

Active Listening

It is not easy to be a good listener sometimes. Here are some techniques and guidelines that may help you and your youth become better ministers to others.

Leading Small Group Discussions

Leading small groups can be hard and intimidating for first time leaders and even veterans. This article provides some tips and things to keep in mind while leading a small group.

 

Resource Archive

Here are some common categories that you might want to use to search for articles:

Job DescriptionRecruitmentLeadershipPrayer

You can find all of our current resources regarding youth ministry down below. Please contact us if you need any additional resources or would like to share some of your own knowledge and expertise with our diocesean community.

Active Listening

It is not easy to be a good listener sometimes. Here are some techniques and guidelines that may help you and your youth become better ministers to others.

Leading Small Group Discussions

Leading small groups can be hard and intimidating for first time leaders and even veterans. This article provides some tips and things to keep in mind while leading a small group.

Cura Personalis

In Latin, Cura Personalis means “Care for the Entire Person.” We must learn to care for ourselves and others in a complete and healthy manner through God.

Best Practices for Youth Friendly Masses/Liturgies

In order to get youth excited and involved in a liturgy, there are some things that need to be taken into consideration.

Affirmation Overview

Affirmations are a way to promote self-esteem and a feeling of belonging in a community. Click here to read more.

Affirmation Ideas and Examples

These are some examples of affirmation prayer services and activities that you can do with your youth.

The Essential Qualities of a Volunteer

Are you looking for some volunteers for your youth ministry? This article has some advice on what to look for in selecting volunteers.

Sample Core Team Job Description

This is a generic job description for volunteers and young adults who are on leadership teams for their respective youth ministries.

Pastoral Guidelines for the Use of Technology

The official guidelines of the Diocese of San Jose for pastoral ministers on social networking and other forms of technological communication can be found here.

Structuring for Youth Ministry

If you are looking for ways on how to structure and form your youth ministry team against unforeseen future obstacles, this is the article for you!

Groundbreaking (Part 1): What is Youth Ministry?

GROUNDBREAKING is a manual on how to start, structure, and manage youth ministries. This first part of four deals with the definitions and purposes of youth ministry.

Groundbreaking (Part 2): Planning a Youth Ministry

GROUNDBREAKING is a manual on how to start, structure, and manage youth ministries. This second part of four deals with how to format and organize youth ministry.

Groundbreaking (Part 3): Considerations for Youth Ministry Teams

GROUNDBREAKING is a manual on how to start, structure, and manage youth ministries. This third part of four deals with meeting topics and issues that should be discussed during leadership meetings.

Groundbreaking (Part 4): Roles in Youth Ministry

GROUNDBREAKING is a manual on how to start, structure, and manage youth ministries. This fourth part of four deals with different jobs and responsibilities in youth ministry.

Youth Ministry Handbook

This is the official Diocese of San Jose handbook to youth ministry. Since the file is so large, please refer to the pdf file at the bottom of the page for the entire content.

Becoming a Relational Minister

Advice on building personal relationships with teens and their parents.  After all, the goal of youth ministry is to care for and love young people.

Choosing a Coordinator of Youth Ministry

Here are some questions and personality characteristics a pastor or parish might consider when hiring a new Youth Minister.

Sample Youth Ministry Coordinator Job Description

This is what the job requirements of a Youth Minister might look like.  See the PDF for the exact formatting.