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LEAD 2018 will be held on Saturday 21 July.
LEAD Workshop Day equips people working or volunteering in youth ministry with skills and training to effectively evangelise young people. All youth ministry leaders are welcome to attend for a full day of keynote presentations, workshop options for entry level and experienced youth ministers and networking opportunities. Online registration is essential closing 12 July.
Keynote speaker: Fr Christian Fini OMI
Creating a culture of leadership: inspiring, challenging and developing leaders. The culture of your youth group can affect your ability to run a fun and sustainable group. How do you build leadership and encourage your youth? Fr Fini will explore ways to inspire, challenge and develop your leadership team
Workshops include:
1. Self-care
Youth ministry can be a tough field of work. There can be a lot of obstacles and challenges that can be very emotionally and physically draining. This workshop is going to look at strategies and techniques around self-care.

2. Navigating media + Tech and relationships
Youth are constantly engaged with digital media. This can warp their perspective of the world and affect how they build relationships. This session explores the methods media use to manipulate thinking and encourages students to recognise it impact.

3. Project and event planning
This workshop gives you the tools to be able to accomplish projects from the early planning stages through to completion. Learn the tools to be able to effectively manage and archive deadlines when running an event. 
4. Child Safety
Feeling overwhelmed with current child safety laws and policies? In today’s world understanding best ways to protect children is essential. This workshop will break down the current policies into understandable and manageable requirements, through an interactive scenario based workshop.

5. Intro to Alpha
Have you heard of The Alpha Course? Want to take your ministry in a new direction? Explore what Alpha has to offer while getting insights into effective ways of incorporating set programs into your youth ministry.

6. Structures for sustainability
This workshop will build on the keynote presentations, looking at some practical examples of structures and systems that can be put in place to create a more sustainable and enticing youth ministry.

ACYMC Parramatta 2018
ACYMC is expected to gather over 500 attendees from across Australia, who minister with young people in a variety of settings including parishes, schools, religious orders, communities, dioceses, universities and Church organisations. The event will share learnings from the Year of Youth in 2018 and prepare a future pathway for the diverse and growing needs of Catholic youth ministry in Australia.
“Hosting the Convention in Western Sydney provides a unique opportunity to tap into the rich diversity of our Diocese. I look forward to the opportunity to discern the vision and strategies required to reach young people in Australia. The feedback from the recent national youth survey has challenged us to address more confidently the issues of mental health, drugs, alcohol, relationships, and the digital world,” Bishop Vincent said.
ACYMC will include elements of formation, retreat and a unique forum in which youth ministers can contribute to future national initiatives and support. The convention program and speakers will be announced in early 2018.
More details HERE 

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.

A two-day seminar to inform ongoing youth evangelisation. The seminar will gather researchers, sociologists, theologians, teachers, clergy and youth ministry practitioners from across the country to inform the practice of youth ministry with recent research and analysis. The event has finished, however future seminars will be held.

Blueprint is a workshop day offered by the Archdiocesan Office for Youth, designed to support people working or volunteering in youth ministry. Blueprint April 2017 will equip leaders with skills and training to effectively evangelise youth in the ever changing culture of today. Registration includes a take-home resource to support your continuing development in youth ministry. Participants will receive a certificate of completion to recognise their training within the Archdiocese of Melbourne. The day includes a keynote presentation, workshop options, Mass, and great networking opportunities. Lunch is provided and registration online is essential.

Workshop Topics:

§  ACYF Prep- With ACYF only 10 months away we want to help give you practical advice on taking a group to such a big event. This workshop will also cover the finer details of what ACYF will have to offer and how the festival is going to run.

§  Writing a talk and presenting to young people- Presenting information can be tricky. Public speaking can be nerve racking. There are so many different ways, styles and options to get your point across when speaking to your audience. Whether you are facilitating a gathering, or leading a game, there are a number of skills you need to develop to keep your audience engaged and interested. In this workshop, we will explore a variety of different tools, techniques and tips to prepare you for the various public speaking situations you will come across in your ministry.

§  Navigating Relationships in Youth Ministry- This workshop looks at the policies and laws around working with young people and how to connect with your youth in ways that help them grow in their faith.

§  Social media, Catholic identity and youth ministry- We have created a digital version of ourselves which expresses who we are and connects us to others on many different levels. In this workshop we explore the pros and cons of social media, and the impact it has on our Catholic identity. We look at ways we can navigate social media personally, and how we can use it effectively to serve our ministries.

§  How to approach Euthanasia-Euthanasia is an increasingly important topic in our country. Last year, a parliamentary inquiry recommended an assisted suicide law and a bill will be introduced into parliament by the Victorian Government this year. This workshop will help you explain to young people the Church’s view and why it opposes Euthanasia. It will also give you ways to approach the topic of Euthanasia in a youth group setting.

§  Leading leaders- A team of leaders who feel inspired and supported in their ministry is essential for sustainable youth ministry. This workshop explores strategies for helping your leadership team grow as a community which effectively witnesses to Christ.


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 2014 Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention (ACYMC) was held in Adelaide from 3-5th October. As the name suggests, this was a national convention where youth ministers can meet and learn more about how to effectively minister to young people. The convention includes key note presentations, workshops and liturgies and is also an opportunity to develop informal relationships with other youth ministers and get re-inspired about your ministry. The Convention is held on a two-three year cycle.
The next ACYMC is being held in Parramatta, stay tuned for details...

In 1960, a young university professor, Karol Wojtyla (St Pope John Paul II) wrote Love & Responsibility for his students. It combines penetrating insight with practical advice about friendship, love, and the dynamics between men & women. Join us as we use Edward Sri’s summary of Love & Responsibility to discover a wisdom both timeless and new. Young adults aged 18-35 years. Stay tuned for next round of discussion groups. THIS EVENT IS COMPLETED

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