Few issues resonate more with Catholics today than the evangelization of the young Church. How is your parish prepared to reach out to young adults and respond to their pastoral needs?
This vital question will be explored at the 2014 International Catholic Stewardship Conference in Orlando, Florida, from October 5 to 8. Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), captured the importance of the young in sharing the Good News: “How beautiful it is to see that young people are ‘street preachers,’ joyfully bringing Jesus to every street, every town square and every corner of the earth! ... Young people call us to renewed and expansive hope.”
Relationship building is key to evangelizing young adults.
Yet, as Christian stewards, we are concerned about how to engage young adults, who often see the Church with cynicism and disappointment. How can we bring forth from them the enthusiasm and devotion of which Pope Francis speaks? How do we involve them and support them pastorally so that our pews – and our street corners – are filled with young adults committed to Jesus?At this year’s ICSC conference, Mr. Paul Jarzembowski, Program Coordinator for Youth and Young Adult Ministry at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, will round out a group of inspirational speakers on topics related to evangelizing young adults in your parish today.History shows us that young adults are inspired by Catholic leaders who step forward in social justice causes and in service to the poor. Some parishes are finding that an effective way to reach unchurched young adults is to give them the opportunity to work with young Catholics who are committed to work in service and justice projects. Relationship building is key to evangelizing young adults. There is a renewed interest in Scripture studies among young adults both inside and outside of the Church. How can a parish committed to studying Scripture in an engaging and transformative way help to demonstrate to young adults the relevance of the Gospel to modern life? To explore these important questions, join us in October at the annual ICSC Conference in Orlando.
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