Online Youth Ministry Courses run by CYMFed and St. Mary's College, Twickenham, London, combines academic study with vocational experience over a 2 year period and is aimed at volunteers and paid employees. They offer the following courses:
CYMFEd Certificate in Youth Ministry, Higher Education Certificate in Youth Ministry and Foundation Degree in Youth Ministry.

Engage! Certificate in Christian Youth work is offered at the Centre for Youth Ministry (CYM) and is a partnership of 6 organisations - Frontier Youth Trust, Youth for Christ, Oxford Youth Workds and 3 theological colleges.

What every volunteer youth worker should know, Youthwork - The Partnership - 9 sessions which can be organised weekly or combined for full days

'elivate' - Moorlands College - typically 5hrs study time per wk with supervised practical work in placement & 2 residential weeks.

Church Colleges - Certificate in Christian Youth Work at Chester College, delivered at Warrington campus - evenings plus a weekend/2days

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Mission Teams

Already mentioned once or twice, these are teams of young people, often living in a community setting, sometimes part of a diocesan structure and sometimes part of a 'movement', who will come to your parish or school for a week (or weekend) and conduct a more-or-less intensive programme of work with your own youth workers and young people. The idea is to motivate and equip the people who will remain in the parish, and to excite / inspire by showing what can be achieved, e.g. by putting on a youth service or Mass.

The nearest ones are from the Sion Community at Brentwood (01277 215011) the Jesuits at Southwell House in N London (Fr M J Smith, SJ - 020 7435 8534). There is also the Pilgrims Community (01623 742349) now based in Mansfield.

Inviting a Mission Team requires a lot of planning and preparation on the part of the parish, and can involve a fair commitment of finance, as these teams often depend on fees from parishes and schools for their living expenses, and have to charge realistically. It may well be found difficult to book such teams from outside the Diocese as they are very popular and busy.

Youth 2000 have supporters in Northampton (01604 519078) and may be able to come into your parish and share their Eucharistic and Marian devotion, plus their great enthusiasm , and help with the establishment of a youth prayer group.

The national Youth SVP organisation will support you well in the establishment of local branches.

International Training

Kerygma Teams are a dynamic training group within the international lay missionary organization, Youth With A Mission (YWAM). Centred around empowering young (and not so young!) Christians to effectively communicate the Gospel in a Catholic setting, their Discipleship Training Schools normally last between 6 and 9 months, and take place in a variety of locations worldwide. An exceedingly comprehensive course, the DTS doesn't come cheap, but does involve practical short-term missionary experience and all associated training (personal faith development, communication skills, a range of performing arts, and Catholic-based theology). Upcoming schools in Australia, Belgium and India - all come with a strong personal recommendation!