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Youth Ministry Futures

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On 16 October 2022, a motion to establish a broadly based Children’s and Youth Ministry Working Group to review current strategies and opportunities amongst the next generation of young people in the Diocese of Melbourne. 

It is to formulate a proposal to include in the 2023 budget a fully funded Diocesan office to plan effectively for, resource and support growth in the number of children and young people involved as active disciples in the parishes of the Diocese. 

This motion was passed overwhelmingly 99% in favour.

Rev Dr Graham Stanton (5 mins)
Rev Dr Elizabeth Breakey (3 mins)

About Youth Ministry Futures

Youth Ministry Futures presents a snapshot of youth ministry in the parishes of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne.

The research team interviewed 186 parish leaders representing 87% of the 213 parishes in the Diocese.

The preliminary report assesses progress toward the Diocesan vision of having ‘appropriate models of youth ministry … in at least 50% of parishes’ by 2022, and reports on vicars’ assessments of the health of parish youth ministry, and their hopes for the future.

The report summarises the training needs identified by vicars, and the hopes and vision they have for youth ministry across the Diocese.

The report makes six recommendations:

  1. Expand the Diocese-wide interaction with the four key indicators of youth ministry health;
  2. Invest in an expanded Diocesan office for children’s and youth ministry;
  3. Engage with existing opportunities for youth ministry training and discipleship;
  4. Develop new youth ministry resources for small churches and parishes of all traditions;
  5. Devise strategies to recruit and sustain long-term vocational youth ministry leadership;
  6. Commit to future research in children and families’ ministry, and youth ministry.

Appendices to the report include commentary on the impact of COVID-19 on youth ministry health, and a summary of how vicars’ assessments of parish youth ministry vary based on the number of young people involved in their parish.


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Download the preliminary report for the Youth Ministry Futures project.

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