Youth Ministries calls for passion, patience, and faithfulness – pointing out the sacred in the midst of the chaos of adolescence and walking faithfully with young people as they transition from child to young adult. Youth Ministries is a bridging ministry of education, connection, formation, and hopefully, transformation.
Responding to the spiritual needs of teens is about building trusting relationships. The Episcopal Church strives to walk with young people on their journeys from childhood to adulthood, recognizing their gifts for ministry, their questions about spirituality, and their desire to make a difference in the world. The Youth Ministries Office is grounded in the Five Marks of Mission and the Baptismal Covenant, building churchwide networks to invite, inspire, affirm, and equip youth for discipleship and Christian leadership in their lives and their communities.
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Episcopal Youth Event 2020
Every three years, in accordance with General Convention Resolution #1982-D079, the Episcopal Church convenes an international youth event so “that the energy of the youth of the Episcopal Church can continue to be utilized in active ministry as members of the Body of Christ.”
Evento de Jóvenes Episcopales
Evento de Jóvenes Episcopales is a response to the growing youth and young adult ministries of the Episcopal Church throughout Province IX. It is a contextualized event in the style of the Episcopal Youth Event, planned and implemented by and for Episcopalians living and worshipping in and around Province IX.
EJE19 was held in Panama City July 17-20, 2019 and included more than 100 young people ages 16-26 from across Latin America. Read more.
Model Policies and Sample Forms
SafeGuarding Model Policies
Updated in 2018, these policies are a statement for the Episcopal Church, setting forth expectations for its leaders in their relationships with children and youth. The purpose of these model policies is to foster the highest standards of behavior in ministry settings.
2020 Model DFMS Vaccination Policy for Youth Events
The following Model Vaccination Policy was adopted by Executive Council in their February 2020 meeting.
In response to the Executive Council resolution of June 2019, the DFMS has developed a model vaccination policy for its youth events, which dioceses and Episcopal institutions are encouraged to adapt locally. The primary purpose of this policy is to ensure the safety of all children at Episcopal Church youth events.
The Office of Youth Ministries provides the following sample forms to help local ministries develop appropriate legal documents. They are guiding documents only and should be contextualized for local rules and regulations and approved by diocesan chancellors.
General Convention Official Youth Presence
The General Convention Official Youth Presence was established by an initial resolution in 1982. Members of the Official Youth Presence are permitted seat and voice by the rules of the House of Deputies and will participate in committee hearings and floor debates.
The 14 members of the Official Youth Presence participated in a General Convention, which ranThursday, July 5 to Friday, July 13. Their reports from Convention: