Lead and Follow Workshop Series

Lead and Follow is a workshop series providing youth ministry leaders the foundational knowledge, skills, and resources they need to be successful in parish youth ministry. Workshops take place on Saturdays from 9am – 2pm, and are offered on several dates and locations throughout the diocese.  Workshops are tailored to those who are working with middle-school and high school youth, but are open to anyone involved with youth and faith formation activities in any capacity.  Whether you are brand new to your ministry or a seasoned veteran all will benefit from these practical and interactive workshops.

Participants will receive a curriculum and resource guide, a copy of Renewing the Vision, lunch and refreshments, and the opportunity to network with your colleagues in ministry from across the diocese.  Workshops are a free service of the Office of Youth Ministry.

Current Full Day Workshop:

Effective Ministry in the Youth Setting

This workshop will explore strategies and practices for ministry within the youth setting.  Topics include:

  • Planning meaningful, engaging catechetical and gathered youth sessions
  • Effective prayer methods for middle school and high school youth
  • Best practices for creating transformative service projects
  • Connecting and communicating with teens today

This practical and interactive workshop is ideal for new youth ministers or veterans looking for some fresh ideas.  Sign up for the date/location that works best for you.

This workshop is currently scheduled at the following locations.

  • Saturday, Dec 2, 9am – 2pm at Schwartze Catholic Center – Jefferson City
  • Saturday, Feb 3,  9am – 2pm at St. Thomas More Newman Center – Columbia
  • Saturday, Feb 17, 9am – 2pm at St. Mary Parish, Shelbina

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Previous Workshops Include

Foundations for Comprehensive Youth Ministry: This workshop will explore the historical, theological and pastoral foundations for comprehensive youth ministry as outlined in the 1997 document, Renewing the Vision.  Participants will utilize a comprehensive approach to develop a leadership team and plan a youth program.  Moreover, participants will examine the latest in generational theory, and identify strategies for ministering to youth today.  This workshop is ideal for parish staff, youth ministry leaders,  or volunteers (adults and youth) interested in starting or growing a  youth program.


For more information please contact John DeLaporte at 573-635-9127 x233 or email at gro.y1553622314ticff1553622314ejoid1553622314@etro1553622314paled1553622314j1553622314