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LEAD Youth Ministry Workshop Day (formerly Blueprint) equips people working or volunteering in youth ministry with skills to effectively evangelise young people. The day includes a keynote presentation, workshops options for entry level and experienced youth ministers, networking opportunities and a delicious morning tea and lunch! LEAD ran on Saturday 25 June, there will be another day scheduled later in 2019. Stay tuned!

Foundations in Youth Ministry Camp - CORE
We invite all NEW youth ministers (1-3 years experience) to join us for a camp to build foundations in leadership, ministry and the life of Christ.
This camp will allow you to learn practical skills in planning and running all difference aspects of youth ministry as well as an opportunity to meet others in the same role as you!
This is an annual event, stay tuned for our 2020 camp! 

LEAD Workshop Day (formerly Blueprint) 
Recordings of the keynote and two workshops were made, stay tuned while we prepare them...
Keynote presentation by Fr Christian Fini, OMI: “Creating a culture of leadership; inspiring, challenging and developing leaders” 
How to use “Alpha” and other youth ministry programs in your youth ministry (Jacqui Guilliano)
Structures for sustainability: 

Creating a framework for eternal youth ministry (Fr Christian Fini, OMI)


Every year in Australia, 1 in 4 young people have the symptoms for a diagnosis of anxiety or depression.  A youth ministry leader may be the first trusted adult a young person seeks for help.
The Archdiocesan Office for Youth is supporting youth minister to respond to mental health issues in young people by offering the Youth Mental Health First Aid Course, presented by accredited instructors from Ultimate Youth Worker.
The 14-hour course teaches adult youth ministry leaders how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental illness, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves. Participants will learn about adolescent development, the signs and symptoms of  common and disabling mental health problems in young people, where and how to get help when a young person is developing a mental illness, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.

If you are new to youth ministry, we invite you and your team to come along to ‘Called and Sent’, our first ever camp for developing foundations in youth ministry. We’ll be beachside from 10-12 February, taking you deeper into the gospel message at the heart of your call to ministry, equipping you with practical ideas and helping you set goals for 2017. Places are limited!

A big thanks to all who were able to join us for Blueprint on Saturday 24 September. A selection of workshops and the keynote were filmed. See below!
Keynote: The Bigger Picture presented by Fr Chris Ryan MGL
Coming Down from the Mountain presented by Rhonda O'Connor - How to return from large scale events like World Youth Day or the Australian Catholic Youth Festival or an awesome Camp/Retreat and adjust to life in your youth group.
Amoris Laetita presented by Dr Conor Sweeney- What is it about this apostolic exhortation that we can understand better to help us in Youth Ministry?
Mentoring Leaders presented by Fr Paul Newton - Handing over to the next generation of leaders can be difficult and sometimes they can be hard to identify - this workshop looks at mentoring your future leaders.
Prayer with different age groups presented by the Melbourne NET team -  Learn some techniques and style of prayer to suit different age groups
Seriously Important Stuff You Need to Know presented by AOY and Ciel Neenan - an updated workshop looking at the changes in laws and policies that affect how we work with young people. 
Looking ahead to ACYF Sydney 2017 presented by the AOY - Might seem crazy to think ahead but as we fast approach 2017, we want to help you get the most out of opportunities that ACYF Sydney 2017 will offer with a planning workshop.

Blueprint is a workshop day offered by the Archdiocesan Office for Youth to inspire and support people working in youth ministry. This Blueprint on Sunday 27 September featured two international guests from Life Teen in the US - Stephen Lenahan and Steve Allgeyer. Stephen presented the opening keynote on Understanding Gen Z. This is part of his presentation.


The Second Vatican Council happened long before the young people of today’s Church were born yet  this separation through time did nothing to hinder the enthusiasm of the youth gathered to learn about the council at the Archdiocesan Office for Youth’s Foundations in Vatican II. Over two weeks Church historian Fr. Max Vodola, from the Catholic Theological College, introduced the crowd to the person of Angelo Roncalli (better known as Pope John XXIII) and the council which they’d heard so much about. During this Year of Faith, Fr. Max did much to debunk the crowd’s misconceptions of the council and contextualised not only the council, but how it has affected our current styles of worship and Church. Many of the youth gathered found the talks enlightening, humorous and a great foundational introduction to the Second Vatican Council. The AOY thanks Fr. Max for his involvement and encourage anyone who wants to learn more about the topic, to pick up Fr. Max’s book Friendly Guide to Vatican II from Garrett Publishing. Below is footage from the two evenings combined (note that running time is 1 hour 30 mins)

In March, young adults were given the chance to explore various aspects of the Catholic faith at the Foundations in Faith lecture series. Each session focused on a different topic, from who Jesus is and how we can get to know him and his mission through the scriptures. It also offered participants the opportunity to ask questions about the Catholic faith and its importance in today's world. Below are some notes from the sessions.
  • Who is Jesus? | Speaker: Bishop Timothy Costelloe (download notes)
    The Catholic faith is centered on Jesus Christ. Everything we believe has been revealed in him or through him. But how much do we really know about Jesus? This first session will cover the basic things that the Catholic church teaches us about Jesus including some of the titles used to describe Jesus (and what they can teach us about him), his message and mission, and explore how Jesus is both fully God and fully human.

  • Scripture Basics | Speaker: Fr Stuart Moran (download notes)
    The Scriptures are the best way we have of learning about Jesus, his message and our faith. The second session will focus on the New testament and explain how the scriptures where “written”, what books make up the new testament and why, and what to look for when reading them to learn the most about Jesus and your faith.

  • The Eucharist: Source and Summit | Speaker: Fr Anthony McSweeney SSS
    If there is one thing that distinguishes Catholics from other Christians, it is our devotion to the sacrament of Eucharist. This session will enable you to understand why the Eucharist holds such an important place in Catholic life – and hopefully gain a greater appreciation for what happens every time you attend Mass.

  • Mission and Evangelisation | Speaker: Fr Chris Ryan MGL (download notes)
    Every Christian, by virtue of Baptism, is called to evangelise! That doesn’t mean you are being asked to stand at Flinders St station with a loud speaker to tell people about Jesus – but it does mean that you are a witness to your faith in your workplace, university, sports-team and even at the pub on a Friday night. This session will help you understand this mission and inspire you to share your faith life with others!

  • Christian Morality| Speaker: Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, USA
    As followers of Christ, we do not abide by rules; rather, we are called to study the gospel message and Church teachings, allowing ourselves to be shaped by God’s word working through us. Bishop Jaime Soto, visiting from the Diocese of Sacramento (USA), talks to us about the importance of being grounded in God’s teachings in an increasingly secular society and how we as Catholic Christians can help to bring about a more compassionate and Christ-like response to challenges we encounter in our lives.

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