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What is the Orthodox Youth Worker Training?

The Orthodox Youth Worker Training is available from the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the youth workers of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. It has been developed to assist the parish youth worker/advisor with the tools necessary to better minister to our young people. With this program, our purpose is to provide training which will communicate the teachings and Traditions of the holy Orthodox Faith. Utilizing scriptural, patristic and theological principles, this training will enable the youth worker to more effectively address the current needs of youth in today’s culture.

What Will I Receive?

You will receive a hand-out which will help you follow the materials presented, as well as a complete list of Orthodox and non-Orthodox youth ministry resources. You will have the opportunity to share common issues that are found when working with young people, learn great ideas and discover new resources and training tools. Most especially, you will begin the process of effectively ministering to youth.

Who Should Attend the Orthodox Youth Worker Training?

Anyone who is interested in working with young people should attend this training. Clergy, teachers, youth workers/advisors, etc., will benefit from this program.
What Topics Will Be Covered?

We will tailor the training to fit the needs of your parish. In the past, evenings, one-day and weekend training seminars have been conducted in parishes throughout the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. You can choose from the following topics, or request other topics that you feel will benefit your parish youth ministry.

Topics Include:

  • How to start a JOY, GOYA, YAL Ministry
  • Orthodox Youth Ministry
  • Building Bridges through Adolescence (from childhood to adulthood)
  • Relational Ministry
  • Nuts and Bolts of Youth Ministry
  • Drugs and Alcohol Seminar
  • Counseling Teenagers
  • Teaching Abstinence
  • Family Ministry
  • Creative Teaching

Who Facilitates these Training Seminars?

Members of the Archdiocese Youth and Young Adult Ministry Team, as well as experienced youth workers who have been trained in the basic tenets of Orthodox Youth Ministry.

How Do I Schedule An Orthodox Youth Worker Training for My Parish?


Contact the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at (212) 570-3560
or by e-mail at youthoffice@goarch.org.