Diocese offers certification in youth ministry
The Catholic dioceses of Dodge City and Salina, in partnership with Newman University, will begin offering classes in youth ministry through the ITV (Interactive Television) system in September.
Two three-credit-hour courses, and three one-credit-hour courses – as well as a project decided upon by the student and the coordinating instructor -- are required to earn certification in youth ministry.
If one class is taken each semester beginning in September, 2018, a student could obtain certification by the Spring of 2020. Since the classes are a special focus of the Pastoral Ministry Formation Program, students may choose to continue classes until they earn a degree or diploma in Pastoral Ministry Formation.
Dodge City Bishop John B. Brungardt and Salina Bishop Gerald Vincke encourage every parish to have one or more parishioners prepared with a Youth Ministry Certificate so that they may support and encourage our youth in their unfolding discipleship.
The classes will:
• Seek to help those who minister to youth specifically and those who minister indirectly understand the components necessary to develop a comprehensive ministry to meet the spiritual, catechetical and social needs of our youth.
• Form adults in missionary discipleship to engage the gift of our teenagers in our Church.
• Unpack the U.S. Bishop’s document, “Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry”, and, “Pastoral Juvenil Hispana”.
The first course, “Theology and Methods of Ministry,” presented by Father Robert Schremmer, Vicar General, will be offered from 8:30 a.m.-Noon, Saturdays from Sept. 8-Nov. 3, 2018. This is a three-credit-hour course and is required for certification.
Core three-credit-hour courses include: Introduction to New Testament; Christian Morality and Social Issues; Christology; Sacramental Theology; Theology of the Church; The Creeds and Faith; and Introduction to Old Testament.
“The Why of Ministry,” a one-credit-hour course, will be presented by Gentry Heimerman in the Spring of 2019, and is also a required course. Heimerman, Director of Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Dodge City, is one of the coordinators of the new youth ministry certification program.
One-credit-hour courses include: RCIA Kansas; Celebrating Crossing Cultural Boundaries; Get Equipped; and Accompanying Youth and Young Adults on Their Journey.
Cost is $50 per credit-hour. Through “Church in Partnership”, a program of the Diocese of Dodge City and Newman University, these costs are discounted from regular prices charged by Newman University per credit hour.