Youth Ministry Certification Program: 12-Month Enrollment

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Youth Ministry Certification Program: 12-Month Enrollment

Saturday 09-23-2017 - Saturday 05-05-2018
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

The Office for Evangelization offers the Youth Ministry Certification program to provide formation for youth workers in the Diocese of Richmond. This in-depth program will offer presentations that are practical, academic, theological, and spiritual. All youth ministers who serve on parish staff are encouraged to participate in the program. All youth workers who serve as catechists are also invited to participate. This formation program will be held during one academic year. Upon completion, students will receive a Certificate in Youth Ministry that is validated through the Catholic Diocese of Richmond and Franciscan University of Steubenville.

The Youth Ministry Certification program will include five key components. The requirements to obtain the Certificate in Youth Ministry include:
  1. Attending four diocesan sessions.
  2. Completing a required amount of online video classes.
  3. Participation in mentorship meetings.
  4. Completing required readings.
  5. Completing a ministry assignment.
Diocesan Sessions
Participants in the Youth Ministry Certification program will be required to attend three in-person seminars and one retreat. The seminars will be held at the Pastoral Center in Richmond and live-streamed to Saint Andrew in Roanoke and Jubilee Retreat House in Abingdon. The sessions will begin at 9:30 am and end at 4:00 pm. Lunch will be provided.

September 23, 2017
Instructor: Dr. Bob Rice
  • Introduction to Youth Ministry Certification Program
  • Vision of Effective Youth Ministry
  • Engaging Youth Culture
  • Partnering with Families
December 2, 2017
Instructor: Jim Beckman
  • Personal Spirituality
  • Forming Disciples
  • Incarnational Ministry
  • Methods and Practical Skills
April 13-14, 2018
Instruction: Youth Workers' Retreat
  • Speaker and location TBD
May 5, 2018
Instructors: Kristen Witte, Dr. James Pauley
  • Adolescent Development
  • Pastoral Care
  • Effective Catechesis for Youth Ministry
  • Sacramental Nature of the Church 
More details about requirements may be found online at:

All interested youth workers are asked register online for the Youth Ministry Certification program. The cost to participate is $600 and includes all aspects of the program. All registered students will gain access to more than 100 online video resources that may be used by any parish leader throughout the year.

Payment Options: Registrants may choose to pay by credit card online or check. Be sure to indicate your desired payment method during registration. If you wish to pay incrementally, be sure to choose "pay by check." To pay incrementally, please submit your first payment of at least $100 to the Office for Evangelization.

Checks should be made payable to the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, with "YM Certification Program" noted in the memo, and mailed to:

ATTN: Office for Evangelization
Catholic Diocese of Richmond
7800 Carousel Lane
Richmond, VA 23294


Contact Information

  • Phone: 804-622-5159
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