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In their 1976 document, A Vision of Youth Ministry, the bishops of the United States identified eight components that, when held in balance, proved effective in achieving the three goals of Catholic ministry with young people. When first published, this comprehensive model for youth ministry was recognised as having great application to our own situation here in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Thirty years later these components remain just as relevant to our purpose as ever. Updated and applied to our contemporary situation, they describe the essence of an effective framework for the Catholic community to respond to the needs of young people and to involve young people in sharing their unique gifts with the larger community.

The eight components are:

  1. Advocacy
  2. Catechesis
  3. Community life
  4. Evangelisation
  5. Justice and service
  6. Leadership development
  7. Pastoral care
  8. Prayer and worship