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Starting Your Leadership Team

Starting Your Leadership Team

  • Create a list of potential young adults to invite into leadership.
    • Names on this list can come from the various organizations within your parish where young adults are already involved, such as youth ministry programs, religious education programs, parents of religious education students, lectors, Eucharistic ministers, service organizations, small faith communities, etc.
    • Include individual young adults you know personally.
    • Ask others in your organizations and networks for names of young adults they know and feel would be good leaders.
  • Create a list of older adults who have a heart for those in their 20s and 30s. Again, include people you know and ask others for input.
  • Extend personal invitations to all of the names on both of your lists for an initial meeting. Letters or e-mails with follow up phone calls work well.
  • Plan and host an initial meeting, which will include items such as introductions, prayer, sharing the vision of beginning a program, brainstorming, and invitation to take part in the leadership.
  • Give people a set time period to discern if they are willing to be part of the leadership of this new ministry with young adults.
  • Plan and host a second meeting with those who said “yes” to the invitation to be part of the leadership team. At this meeting you might want to:
    • Review the vision of beginning a program from the first meeting
    • Ask the team to choose one event they would like to start with. (You might chose one of the Young Adult Ministry in a Box Step-by-Step Programs)
    • Delegate responsibilities for this event.
    • Brainstorm the type of support the leadership team will need to do its job well.
    • Complete a gifts/skills/knowledge assessment. Here’s an example from St. Austin Catholic Parish.
  • Introduce parish staff and parish to the leadership team for young adult ministry. This helps the leadership team feel supported. You might want to hold a commissioning service for them or a “welcome” coffee hour.
  • Constantly put resources in your leadership team’s hands such as:
    • Best practices in young adult ministry
    • Best practices in adult faith formation (young adults are included in this)
    • Tools for personal prayer
    • Suggested readings in the form of books, blogs, magazines, and websites that offer ongoing formation.
  • Connect the young adults on the leadership team to mentors and spiritual directors. Like any adult in ministry, it is helpful to have a person to brainstorm with, talk with, and help you grow in your own spiritual life.
  • Continue to ask your leadership team for their input on events, how they would like to be supported, and what resources they need.

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About the Author

Becky Eldredge

Becky Eldredge is the Partner Program Coordinator for Charis Ministries, a Jesuit ministry for young adults in their 20s and 30s. At Charis, she currently helps more than 25 organizations (dioceses, parishes, retreat houses, and college campus ministries) throughout the country with retreat ministry for young adults. Prior to her role with Charis, Becky was the inaugural coordinator of young adult ministry for the Diocese of Baton Rouge. In addition, Becky works with the University of Georgia’s Catholic Center and its campus ministry program. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Louisiana State University and a master’s in pastoral studies from Loyola University New Orleans. She is currently working to obtain a certificate in spiritual direction from Spring Hill College. She is the author of the blog: “Everything is Holy Now” where she invites her readers to connect faith and everyday life. While ministry is one of her passions, her greatest joy is sharing life with her husband and two children.

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