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1 DIOCESE OF SACRAMENTO Department of Evangelization and Catechesis 2110 Broadway Sacramento, CA (916) Fax (916) /5/2012 Dear Pastor, I am writing to encourage you to send your Youth Ministry Leaders to the Youth Ministry Certification courses that will begin in February As part of Bishop Soto s Diocesan Strategic Plan we are committed to certifying 30 ministers in advanced level training in youth ministry. By encouraging you Youth Ministry Team to complete their certificate in Youth Ministry; you will be creating a more comprehensive Youth Ministry in your parish and helping the Diocese meet the goals of the strategic plan. To encourage participation and encourage students to complete the program, the Diocese of Sacramento will reimburse 50% of the tuition for any student that completes the certificate program. The Certificate in Youth Ministry program present a vision for engaging youth in the parish community and provides practical tools, models, and examples for parish youth ministry development. The program consists of eight weekend courses offered over a period of two year. Each weekend, the participants in the program receive resources for parish implementation of Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry (USCCB, 1997). Enclosed you will find a brochure that describes the course and provides our site information. I invite you to consider the benefits of this program for the variety of leaders in your parish who help lead ministry with youth. This includes paid staff and volunteer leaders who lead ministry and religious education efforts with adolescent ages I would be happy to provided addition information and answer and question you have about the program. The cost per student decreases dramatically if you send a team of four to the training. Thank you for taking the time to review this opportunity. Kevin Staszkow Director

2 DIOCESE OF SACRAMENTO Department of Evangelization and Catechesis 2110 Broadway Sacramento, CA (916) Fax (916) /5/2012 Dear Youth Ministry Leader, I am writing to announce an opportunity designed for leaders like you. As a leader of ministry with youth, you have seen young people become actively involved in parish and school ministries. You have seen the enthusiasm that youth bring to leadership, ministry, and service. You have witnessed the amazing connections that happen when adults and youth share faith. Your role is very important in making youth ministry happen. For your role, you deserve resources and support. I encourage you to consider participating in the Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies program that will be offered locally starting in February The program consists of eight weekend courses offered over a two-year period. These courses are designed for ministry leaders and adult volunteers who work with youth, ages 11 to 18. This includes people who work in junior high ministry, in adolescent religious education, and in high school youth ministry in parishes, schools, retreat centers, and other settings. To encourage students to participate and complete the program, the Diocese of Sacramento will reimburse 50% of the tuition for any student that completes the certificate program. Enclosed you will find a flier that was sent to your pastor, along with a letter encouraging him to talk to you. I encourage you to consider this invitation for you and the team of people who serve the youth in your community. The cost per student decreases dramatically if you bring a team of four to the training. Thank you for taking the time to review this opportunity. Kevin Staszkow Director

3 The National Certificate in Youth Ministry What is the Cetificate in Youth Ministry? The Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies is a two year ministry education program for adults in ministry with youth, ages 11 to 18, in both parish and school settings. It equips leaders with the knowledge, skills, practical tools, and techniques needed for creative and comprehensive ministry with youth. The program includes eight courses. The primary aim of the program is to promote personal, spiritual, and ministerial growth. Not interested in the full certification... Sign-up for as many courses as you would like! Year One Courses Principles of Youth Ministry Principles of Youth Ministry presents the foundational understandings and principles for developing effective, comprehensive ministry with young and older adolescents. February 9 & 10, 2013 Cheryl M. Tholcke Coor. of Youth Ministry Services CMD Practices of Youth Ministry Practices of Youth Ministry explores the development of comprehensive youth ministry through the collaborative sharing of the resources in the community. April 6 & 7, 2013 Christina Semmel Dir. of Youth Ministry Ss Peter and Paul Parish, Cary, IL Site and Schedule Courses will be offered at the Patoral Center (2110 Broadway, Sacramento, CA) The schedule for the courses is: Saturday: 9 AM to 6 PM Sunday: 9 AM to 4 PM Registration The fee for each course is $150. This amount includes tuition, books, materials, and refreshments. The group rate is $250 for up to 4 people from the same parish. Register for all 4 course and save 10%! Foundations for Ministry Leadership Foundations of Ministry Leadership explores the theology, principles, and practices of effective leadership in Christian ministry. October 12 & 13, 2013 Patrick Donovan Diocese of Wilmington Skills for Christian Leadership Skills for Christian Leadership addresses the theories and skills needed for principle centered leadership in ministry. December 7 & 8, 2013 Stephen Tholcke Director of Campus Ministry, SFHS Year Two Courses Fostering the Faith Growth of Youth through: Evangelization and Catechesis Justice and Service Pastoral Care Prayer and Worship Questions? Contact Kevin Staszkow, Director of Evangelization and Catechesis at (916) or Register Online at

4 Registration Form Or Register online at Name Address City State ZIP Work Phone ( ) Home Phone ( ) Parish or School Name I am interested in: (please check) Individual courses Principles of Youth Ministry Practices of Youth Ministry Foundations for Ministry Leadership Skills for Christian Leadership Completing all eight courses for a Certificate in Youth Ministry Save 10% if you sign up for all four(4) classes at once. Credit information For additional information, contact: Kevin Staszkow, Director Department of Evangelization & Catechesis (916) phone Mail this registration form and payment to: Sacramento Catholic Diocese Attn: Mavi Parker (DEC) 2110 Broadway Sacramento CA Overview The Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies is a ministry education program for adults in ministry with youth, ages 11 to 18, in both parish and school settings. It equips leaders with the knowledge, skills, practical tools, and techniques needed for creative and comprehensive ministry with youth. The program includes eight courses. The primary aim of the program is to promote personal, spiritual, and ministerial growth. The Certificate Program is utilized in a number of ways: as an integrated formation program leading to a Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies as an enrichment or continuing education program for veteran leaders as a workshop series which can be taken on a course-by-course basis by professional or volunteer leaders Program Benefits Participating leaders will experience the following benefits: Confidence. Participants feel more confident in their youth ministry role because they have integrated and applied the most recent and innovative theory and approaches into their own setting and responsibilities. Competence. The comprehensive sequence of courses provides a solid foundation of theory, theology and practical approaches, which can be applied in any parish or school youth ministry setting. Credibility. This is a nationally recognized curriculum, offered in over 30 sites and sponsored by over 50 dioceses, whose graduates are in parish, school and diocesan leadership positions all over the country. Register online at Year One Courses Principles of Youth Ministry Principles of Youth Ministry presents the foundational understandings and principles for developing effective, comprehensive ministry with young and older adolescents. It presents the vision and principles for comprehensive youth ministry and a model for developing youth ministry which incorporates developmentally appropriate youth programming, strengthens family life, involves young people as integral members of the faith community, and collaborates with civic organizations in a common effort to promote positive youth development. February 9-10, 2013 Cheryl M. Tholcke Coordinator of Youth Ministry Services Center for Ministry Development Practices of Youth Ministry Practices of Youth Ministry explores the development of comprehensive youth ministry through the collaborative sharing of the resources in the community. Rooted in a theological and pastoral vision of community life, this course develops foundational understandings that will assist leaders in setting and implementing a vision for dynamic ministry with youth. This will include skills for advocacy, planning and organizing youth ministry efforts. Methods for collaborative leadership among ministries and within ministry teams will also be developed. April 6-7, 2013 Christina Semmel Director of Youth Ministry Ss Peter and Paul Parish, Cary, IL

5 Foundations for Ministry Leadership Foundations of Ministry Leadership explores the theology, principles, and practices of effective leadership in Christian ministry. Participants will explore current leadership concepts and approaches, as well as Christian perspectives on leadership. Participants will also learn how to empower individuals and teams of leaders for ministry with youth. The course combines theory presentation with experiential learning as participants explore (a) leadership theory and an assessment of styles for effective leadership; (b) theological and pastoral foundations for understanding leadership and empowerment; and (c) processes and tools for inviting, preparing and nurturing adult and youth leaders in ministry. October 12-13, 2013 Patrick Donovan Executive Director of the Office of Catholic Youth Ministry Diocese of Wilmington Skills for Christian Leadership Skills for Christian Leadership addresses the theories and skills needed for principle centered leadership in ministry. Participants will develop a practical, working understanding of leadership process and skills and the experiential ability to use the skills. The course stresses the application of leadership skills to various ministry settings, problems, and issues. December 7-8, 2013 Stephen Tholcke Director of Campus Ministry, St. Francis HS Year Two Courses (to be held in ) through Evangelization and Catechesis through Justice and Service through Pastoral Care through Prayer and Worship Credit Information (if applicable) Graduate credit is available for participants of the Certificate program. One credit is awarded for each weekend course for a total of eight credits. For more information contact Kevin Staszkow Site and Schedule Courses will be offered at Diocese of Sacramento Pastoral Center. The schedule for the courses is: Saturday: 9 AM to 6 PM Sunday: 9 AM to 4 PM Registration and Requirements The fee for each course is $150. This amount includes tuition, books, materials, and refreshments. The group rate is $250 for up to 4 people. Includes one set of books and a course binder for each participant. A one-time graduation fee of $55 will be assessed upon completion of all eight courses and assignments. About the Center for Ministry Development Since 1978, Catholic parishes and dioceses have trusted the Center for Ministry Development to provide a vision and practice for ministry that is rooted in Scripture, Church documents, and best practices research. Through our partnership with ministry leaders, CMD strives for excellence and innovation by providing practical, field-tested ministry solutions and resources. The Center for Ministry Development has been providing youth ministry leadership training through the Certificate Program since The Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies Program A series of courses that promote leadership development for ministry with adolescents Sponsored by Diocese of Sacramento Designed for Adults Leaders Youth Ministry Coordinators Prospective Youth Ministry Leaders Directors of Religious Education High School Campus Ministers Youth Ministry Teams Junior High Ministry Leaders and Catechists Retreat Coordinators Presented by The Center for Ministry Development Register online at

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