Youth Ministries

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. 

Definition of Youth, Young Adult in The Episcopal Church

Episcopal Youth in Mission Manual

Model Policies and Sample Forms

The Office of Youth Ministries proudly supports d365, online devotions written by ministers, professors, students, teachers, missionaries, denominational leaders, and others who work with and care for students. In these devotions, you will read honest struggles and questions, all in the context of real faith. 

Time to Talk about Suicide Liturgical Resources

Episcopal Youth Event 2020

The 2020 Episcopal Youth Event has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through much discernment, prayer, and consultation, the Office for Youth Ministries, with the full support of the Department of Faith Formation and the Presiding Bishop and his Executive Leadership Team, has postponed the 2020 Episcopal Youth Event.
Read the full statement on the EYE20 website.

Confirmation

If there is anything that creates more conversation and passion in church circles with parents, clergy, Christian educators, youth ministers, and even bishops it’s the topic of confirmation. A multitude of curricula has been written across the denominational spectrum, resolutions put forth at the Episcopal Church’s triennial General Convention over the decades, and dioceses attempting to develop standards and guidelines. For some it is muddy, for others it is something not to be messed with. But where are we (the Episcopal Church) in our understanding, preparation of youth, practice, and forming of disciples in this (what some still say is) “rite in search of a meaning”?

From these questions, a Confirmation Collaborative was convened at Virginia Theological Seminary in 2019. Since that time, this Collaborative has grown to include anyone who has a passion for confirmation and youth ministry. A generative “think tank,” the resulting webpages are a collection of the wisdom that continues to be created and shared. It is through these pages that you will find the most comprehensive listing of best practices and resources regarding confirmation in the Episcopal Church.

Click here to visit the Confirmation Collaborative pages on Virginia Theological Seminary’s Baptized for Life website.

From the Blog

  • Time to Talk about Suicide Liturgical Resources
  • Mental Health First Aid Resources
    In 2018, General Convention passed resolution C014, which recognized that “clergy and adults who work with youth are often on the frontlines of suicide prevention” and resolved that “the institutions and diocesan programs that educate […]
  • Sigue a EJE19
  • Definition of Youth, Young Adult in The Episcopal Church
    The canonical definition of adult in The Episcopal Church who has voice and vote at a parish meeting is a Communicant in Good Standing at least 16 years old. These people are also […]
  • Formularios para EJE19
    Los siguientes formularios deben ser enviados por cada participante en EJE19: Información de Contacto EJE19 Autorización Médica EJE19  Acuerdo y consentimiento de participación EJE19 Cuando tenga su conjunto de formularios competo, puede subirlos aquí.

Contact:
Bronwyn Clark Skov

Officer for Youth Ministry