Called to Accompany
The Called to Accompany series invites youth ministry volunteers to learn and explore the many aspects that make a parish youth ministry successful. Through videos and group discussion, volunteers are encouraged to respond to Pope Francis's call to accompany the youth towards a deep and fulfilling relationship with Christ and His Church.
Introduction by Archbishop Gregory
1.1 - Welcome
Tom East paints the vision of youth ministry as “to, with, by, and for” young people.
1.2 - Generation Z
Ela Milewska talks about ministering to Generation Z—their traits, their spirituality, and the importance of story.
1.3 - Working with Teens
Dr. Ansel Augustine and Christina Lamas describe the ideal youth ministry volunteer.
2.1 - Evangelization
Doug Tooke opens up the story on the road to Emmaus and what it teaches us about evangelization.
2.2 - Evangelization in Community
Doug Tooke shares a story about the importance of community and encountering Christ.
2.3 - Maria's Testimony
Maria Rodriguez shares her story, from youth group in high school to her time in college, ultimately responding to the call to minister to teens.
3.1 - Relational Ministry
Ela Milewska talks about relational ministry as accompaniment, and how this is the primary approach of youth ministers.
3.2 - Pastoral Care
Doug Tooke and Tom East discuss what pastoral care looks like practically and its importance in the ministry.
4.1 - The New Reality
Dr. Ansel Augustine shares about how to embrace the different cultures within a church.
4.2 - Cultural Diversity
Katherine Angulo and Fr. Joseph Espaillat share their experiences with cultural diversity—both the blessings and the challenges.
5.1 - Christian Leadership
Leonard DeLorenzo talks about how Christian leadership differs from the secular world, highlighting its distinctive mark: trust.
5.2 - Lead by Example
Various youth leaders open up about the importance of leading by example—recognizing that all can lead, no matter their personalities or traits.
6.1 - Planning
Katie Prejean McGrady provides practical advice about planning a year of youth ministry.
6.2 - The Grid
The Grid is a resource used in youth ministry to help evaluation the previous year and plan the upcoming year.
7.1 - Liturgy and Worship
Fr. Abraham Feliciano focuses on the centrality of the liturgy and why it needs to be a component of any youth ministry program.
7.2 - Music
Several youth ministers share their experience with music in the liturgy as a way of engaging young people.
8.1 - Justice and Service
Augusto Michael Trujillo reflects on “walking the walk” through love and service of neighbor.
8.2 - Changing Lives through Service
Several youth ministers and teens share how life changing it can be when young people minister to their communities.
Called to Accompany Study Guide