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Ongoing Ministerial Development & Resources

New: Annual Report Form for Catechetical/Youth Ministry Leader Ongoing Formation and Development   (begin using for August 2021)  editable Word document   downloadable PDF

The National Directory for Catechesis (USCCB, 2005) emphasizes that " The single most critical factor in an effective parish catechetical program is the leadership of a professionally trained parish catechetical leader" (p224). Each person delegated responsibility for forming adults, teen, and children finds both information and inspiration for quality, effective service by participating in ongoing development.  One can accomplish this through regular reading, participation in live trainings and webinars in addition to participating in a ministerial organization like Maine's Lifelong Faith Formation Association (LFFA), In Word and Witness (formerly NCCL), or the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM).

The OLFF staff regularly reviews and curates examples of webinars, articles, and books that may be helpful to those serving as catechetical or youth ministry leaders in parishes. Suggested resources are organized by topic. Click on a topic to access the page of related resources.

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Title Summary Source Shortened Url (if available)
3 Ways to Get Christmas Crowds Coming To Church webinar Marilyn Santos and Paul Jarzembowski offer insights about the lives of those who are marginally connected to Church and how to develop relationships that continue beyond a holiday USCCB
Asking "Catholic Questions" article Describes the importance of asking good questions as one matures in faith or being open to the questions of others, especially "nones' USCCB download
Best Practices in Faith Formation journal articles Offers grounding and strategies for 7 different modes of faith formation: internerational, family, children, adolescent, young adult, adult, parent. Lifelong Faith Journal
Catechetical Leaders as Healing Figures of Christ podcast Four-part series in English on catechetical leaders as healing figures of Christ (developed for Catechetical Sunday 2019) One podcast in Spanish also available. USCCB
A Challenging Participant handout Strategies for dealing with 7 types of challenging participants during a meeting or training Association for Talent Development
Companions in Conflict webinar recording Ann Garrido looks at our Church’s history to reveal that conflict is a part of every Christian’s life, identifying five saint companions on the journey and models of handling tension and conflict. Ave Maria Press
Competency Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministry pdf Description of the core competencies for ministry in the Church  (p22-26) plus specializations (PCLs p 36-37; YM p39-42) Alliance for Certification of Lay Ecclesial Ministry
Copyright and Churches FAQ guide Guidance on proper/legal use and reprint permissions for works that are printed, projected,recorded, or live streamed. Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Copyright violation is a big deal... Here's why Dispells some misconceptions about what is copyrighted, the penalities improper use, and how to avoid infringing on copyrigh LPi Vibrant Parish Newsletter 
The Effective Catechetical Leader Series books Made up of six books written by various authors the Effective Catechetical Leader Series address a variety of topics from the call of the Catechetical leader to ways to recruit and train new catechetical leaders. NCCL & Loyola Press
Guide to Gathering Virtually Strategies and tips for using the CARE framework for conversations about discerning how to live and lead change Forum for Theological Exploration 
Mission Trip Planning Guide diocesan guideline Diocesan guideline for mission trips (youth or adult) along with planning guide Porltand OLFF download
Showing Movies at Church: Do I need a license? article Describes the implications of copyright and fair use laws on how and when churches may show videos orginally purchased or rented for personal use Virginia Theological Seminary
Through the Year with the DRE blog post Chart listing typical responisibilities parish catechetical leaders do each month of the year Joe Paprocki, Catechist's Journey
Trauma Informed Pastoral Care webinar Fr. Jeff Putthoff helps us to understand trauma better, identify some adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) that can contribute to risky behaviors and physical/mental health problems. NFCYM
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website Information and resources on prayer and worship, beliefs and teachings, issues and actions, Catholic news, and much more USCCB
USCCB Leadership Institute webinar archive A series of webinars focused on important topics for church leaders, especially those serving in evangelization and catechesis USCCB,NCCL and ,NCEA,
Your Peak Life Now: How to Face Career Decline with Faith and Grace article Essay suggests the best way to prepare for our inevitable demise is a healthy focus on death, discipleship, and worship. Christianity Today