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This document is the drawing together of the accumulated knowledge of many youth and young adult workers, ministers, church professionals, secular youth workers, internet websites and the many excellent resources available in this field.

At times, we read familiar words, phrases and resources, other times the language and information is new. We, the National Council for Young Catholics (NCYC) (see Appendix L), believe that this document outlines the basic standards of good practice in Catholic Youth and Young Adult Ministry in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Appendices provide some examples and practical tools for implementing the Standards. We have not attempted to answer every pastoral question or even list all possibilities; each parish, school, youth group, tertiary chaplaincy, group or ministry must take responsibility to build upon and place these principles in context.