Youth Ministries

Episcopal Youth Event 2023

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.” It is our practice to accept applications from across the church to discern a group of youth and adult mentors to serve as members of the Episcopal Youth Event (EYE’23) Planning Team.

EYE 2023 will be held at University of Maryland July 4-8.

To learn more about the Episcopal Youth Event 2023 and how to apply to be on the planning team, click HERE.

Episcopal Youth Event/Evento de Jóvenes Episcopales (EYE/EJE) Report and Recommendations

The Office of Youth Ministries contracted with Ministry Architects in 2021 and conducted a program evaluation of the Episcopal Youth Event and Evento de Jóvenes Episcopales. Thank you to all of those who participated in the surveys and listening sessions. Below you will find links to the Assessment and Recommendations in English and Spanish.

From the Recommendations:

To achieve the desired vision for EYE and EJE, these events must be viewed as more than stand-alone, stop-and-go programs. These events, at their heart, are designed to support the ongoing, day-to-day lives of young people and their leaders. These efforts, sponsored by the Office of Youth Ministry, support and expand discipleship and evangelism, creation care and racial reconciliation, leadership and passion development, discernment and accompanying youth on their journey toward identity, belonging, and purpose. Since we can no longer assume that the local, diocesan, and provincial resources are present for young people in the same ways they were in the 1980’s, we make the following recommendations which are found in the report.

Episcopal Youth Ministries

Youth Ministry 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 Ministry 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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Definition of Youth, Young Adult in The Episcopal Church

Model Policies and Sample Forms


Episcopal Youth Ministry Network

Canon Myra Garnes

Officer for Youth Ministries

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