The mission of the Archdiocese Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is to minister to youth workers, young people and their families, enabling them to fully experience the Orthodox Faith; to assist the local parish and Metropolis in creating and sustaining youth and young adult ministries; and to create resources which are disseminated throughout our Archdiocese.
The Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries oversees the Office of Camping Ministries, Ionian Village and the Campus Ministry effort throughout our Archdiocese. The Department also works closely with each Metropolis Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.
How We Serve You
How we serve you depends on your needs (individual and ministry). Please let us know how we can assist you and what your needs are, be it training or resources, and we will do our best to serve you. We may not have the answers to all of your questions but we will do our best to point you in the right direction. We cannot do this alone and are always looking for partners in our youth and young adult ministry. Please let us know what talents and resources you might be able to contribute to our ministry.
Youth Worker and leadership training is available from the Archdiocese Department and Diocese Offices of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. In depth training for Youth Workers, parents and teenage leaders on parish, regional and the diocesan level are available on the following topics:
Orthodox Christian Teen Video Series
The National Department has developed the Orthodox Christian Teen Video Series. This series highlights various issues our young people are facing daily. There are currently two videos in the series produced, “Substance Abuse: Our Kids are not Immune” and “Sexual Purity”. Other video titles include: Teen Violence, Abuse, Witnessing Your Faith and Repentance. All videos include a resource book for parish programming.
The Planner, an Orthodox daily organizer and calendar, provides the reader with a daily and weekly guide that includes bible readings, quotes from the fathers, saints commemorated, fasting periods and meditations based on yearly themes.
Parish Ministry Guidelines
Guidelines have been published and prepared for each youth ministry of our Church. Guidelines for developing and sustaining parish ministries include HOPE, JOY, GOYA, YAL, OCF, Scouting and Altar Boy Training.
The Challenge is the monthly youth and young adult ministry supplement of the Orthodox Observer.
Youth Worker Training
The National Department offers in depth training for Youth Workers, parents and teenage leaders on parish, regional and the diocesan level.
National Conferences Sponsored
Sponsored by OCF, Real Break allows college age students to participate in short term mission trips during their Spring Break. For the year 2002, the trips include Guatemala, Mexico, New York (Saint Basil’s Academy) and San Francisco (Saint Raphael House).
Sponsored by OCF, hundreds of college students gather at the Antiochian Village and St. Nicholas Ranch for a week of Christian fellowship and education. The conference is available to college students and young adults.