Bishop Joseph Grech
Youth ministers must have "the fire in the belly", be disciplined and have the academic knowledge, says the Australian Bishops Delegate for Youth, Bishop Joseph Grech.
Speaking of his vision for youth ministry in the country, Bishop Grech recalled the "colour, excitement, passion, enthusiasm and the energy of thousands of young people", but underscored that enthusiasm and goodwill weren't in themselves enough.
"If we desire to help our young people to grow spiritually as well as emotionally and socially they need to be guided by people who have got the fire in the belly; but these people also need a certain discipline and academic know-how, to be able to reflect professionally and academically," he is quoted in a press statement by the Broken Bay Institute.
There is an urgent "necessity that youth ministry needs to be well resourced, with solid and proper formation being provided to all involved."
Bishop Grech, speaking at the launch of The Broken Bay Institute/University of Newcastle's new program, Graduate Certificate in Theology - Youth & Campus Ministry, asserted that youth ministry involves much more than organizing "pizza and drinks on Friday night!"
"It is a ministry whose ultimate aim is to deepen the experience of a young person's faith and to gradually encourage him or her to adopt the values and the principles of Jesus Christ as lived in our Catholic community."
Time to get serious about youth ministry (Broken Bay Institute)