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The U.S. Catholic Bishops give clear and rich goals for comprehensive youth ministry in the document, Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry.
The three goals for ministry with adolescents are
- To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.
- To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.
- To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.
Renewing the Vision lists eight components that provide a framework for the Catholic community to respond to the needs of young people and to help youth share their gifts.
These eight components are advocacy, catechesis, community life, evangelization, justice and service, leadership development, pastoral care and prayer and worship.