BRISBANE youth project consultant Teresa McGrath is helping in the search for the right person to help “animate” archdiocesan youth initiatives for the next three years.
Mrs McGrath has spent the last 12 months connecting with youth initiatives within Brisbane ethnic communities, parishes, Catholic movements, social justice organisations and other areas to develop a proposal for youth ministry between 2015 and 2017.
“Part of the project was to look at what youth initiatives are doing and get a really good grasp of what youth initiatives are around the place,” Mrs McGrath said.
“And from that, try and understand what role the archdiocese can play in youth evangelisation.”
Following consultations with youth ministry leaders and results from the project’s online survey released in October, Mrs McGrath said what youth initiatives want is archdiocesan support.
“They want us to support what they’re trying to do,” Mrs McGrath said.
“Their passion, which drives everything that they do, is actually what we should be trying to support, keep going and fan into flame.
“From that came this co-ordinator position, a realisation that we have various youth initiatives across the board, and all these youth initiatives are doing incredible work.
“This youth evangelisation coordinator will be there to support them.”
The new youth evangelisation coordinator position will operate under archdiocesan agency Evangelisation Brisbane, with a handover period with Mrs McGrath until June.
Mrs McGrath said the youth evangelisation coordinator would be essential in communicating “in as much detail as possible” the breadth of the youth ministry landscape.
“The archdiocese is alive with youth events and youth initiatives and people, I think, just aren’t aware of that,” she said.
Mrs McGrath said networking with and understanding all youth initiatives within the archdiocese, rather than creating a new community for young people, would be vital in the new role.
“I think that’s the reality of an archdiocese, and an archdiocesan role,” Mrs McGrath said.
“They can’t bring a community underneath them, and they can’t draw from a community because all of the community should be happening in the parishes, or in the movements, or in those places on the ground.
“And so, really the community that an archdiocesan entity draws from is a network of communities.
“So rather than trying to create our own community, we want to empower and animate the communities that already exist.”
“We want someone who can see the landscape and see ways to animate it even more.”
Mrs McGrath said the youth evangelisation coordinator would be “genuinely interested in the diversity that we have in the Church” and support all youth initiatives in the archdiocese.
“We’re looking for someone who can celebrate the diversity of the Church, recognise the very value of that, and then try to optimise it as much as possible,” Mrs McGrath said.
Applications for the youth evangelisation coordinator are available at www.cymbrisbane.org.au and close on March 15, 2015.
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