THANKS to all who participated in the Massively Open Online Course (or MOOC) sponsored by the National Association of Catholic Youth Ministry Leaders (NACYML).
I hope you appreciated the time you took to read (or re-read) the Holy Father's "Joy of the Gospel" document....
that you learned a new idea through viewing the Expert Teacher Videos...
that you deepened your understanding via the live Panel Discussions (even if you watched the recorded versions!) and that you shared insights on a Networking Learning Community discussion board or two!
My appreciate goes out to Mr. Bob Barto who assisted with the Ohio Dioceses discussion boards. Below, please read his weekly summaries to give a glimpse as our discussions:
2015 NACYML MOOC Weekly Summaries for Ohio Dioceses Group
As we, hopefully, bring to a close a long cold winter here in Ohio we look forward to the joy of Easter, the joy of the good news. Our discussions challenged us to consider:
-do we radiate that joy?
-can we confidently invite others in the community into relationship with our youth
-looking at each challenge as unique, not same old same old.
-how, or have we, changed the way we do ministry
-it's a long journey of faith for all of us- if we expect the youth to want us on this road trip with them we better provide a vibrant soundtrack and not drag them down-
-the difference in how we sing our song of joy is captured beautifully in this video Cindee posted
-how “Happy” are we?
Ohio Dioceses week 2
Dr. Augustine's video led to a discussion regarding how to confidently move forward in ministering with, not to, our young people. The difficulty seems to lie in our reappropriating our definition of what relationship means. How do we incorporate the digital world and all its interactions? The challenge is for us to continue learning and growing and being able to set aside what worked in the past for what is needed now. I began my career as a teacher, and was trained how to work mimeograph machines and filmstrip projectors. But what was at the core of that training, trying to connect with students and convey information, remained constant as we moved into the digital age. Our joy of the gospel must be what drives us down the new road to Emmaus, as we remain alert for the directional signs the youth will provide.
week 3 ohio dioceses
The discussion in Ohio on week 3 focused upon the need to maintain, and develop, our own faith. In order to walk with the young people we will need to be able to explain why we are there. Intentional faith formation on our part will allow us to be someone that is welcome on the journey.
week 4 Ohio dioceses
During week 4 the members of the Ohio dioceses group that participated shared a variety of resources to help encounter that they had found helpful at their local level.
- inviting families and the parish community to make their own Advent Wreaths.
- making cards for the kids that have graduated and are in college or in the service
- making oragami boxes for Lent and give them out at Church
- having a movie night, and showing a movie on a sheet outside with pop and popcorn.
Ohio Dioceses week 5
As the MOOC draws to a close one of the important aspects of our ministry was pointed out to be the changing role we play as our youth transition to young adults. We need to be aware of how the Spirit is moving and directing not only the youth, but us. The Spirit moves where it will, we just need to let ourselves be moved with it.
WHAT INSIGHTS OR THOUGHTS MIGHT YOU ADD? (Please "comment" below with your additions -- thanks -- I appreciate continuing to grow and learn with you!)
And, now, on to the new and improved Youth Ministry Online Training Program....
"The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus." (EG 1)
After months of preparation with the National Association of Catholic Youth Ministry Leaders (NACYML), I am so excited that the MOOC (Massively Open Online Course) has begun. We are now in week 2 and have already heard:
-- The Most Reverend Frank Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport,
--Tom East,. Joan Weber and Angel Barrera with the Center for Ministry Development and
--Dr. Ansel Augustine from the Archdiocese of New Orleans
They discussed points from chapters 1 and 2 of the Holy Father's "Evangelii Gaudium" (The Joy of the Gospel).
There have also been Live Chat/discussions on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET.
Furthermore, these presentations are breaking open in our Networking Learning Groups, including the "Ohio Dioceses" group.
And if that wasn't enough, quotes from the documents and speakers are being tweeted (#NACYMLMOOC), Pinned (https://www.pinterest.com/nfcym/fostering-a-culture-of-encounter-with-young-discip/ ) and Facebooked (https://www.facebook.com/NACYML).
There are participants from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada, etc. as well as from all over the US. Some are new volunteers, others have been involved in ministry for decades. I LOVE the variety as the different perspectives are helping me expand my own understanding.
IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO GET INVOLVED!
We still have 3 full weeks of class,
and the past presentations and chats have all been recorded and posted.
You can do this work at any time you have available (i.e. 5 a.m. over coffee before the household is awake....on your lunch break.... midnight if you are a night-owl) and it is FREE!
Upcoming presentations will be by Fr. Joe Espaillat, Dr. Carolyn Woo and Bob Rice.
If you complete the Learning Journals and submit them to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) for review, you can also earn hours towards your Catechist certification.
Enroll now at: www.nacyml.org/moocRegister.htm
For those of you already part of it: THANKS for join in. I hope you have been able to enjoy the presentations, discussions and insights shared. There will be time at the May 27th Youth Ministers Gathering for you to share some of your learnings with the group face-to-face. So, jot down a few notes on what has been inspiring you and what practical ideas you have taken from the course.
As ministers, paid or volunteer, it seems as if we seldom have enough time to keep up on current information, trends, tools and trainings. While I fully endorse and encourage participation in our diocesan opportunities like YMOT (Youth Ministry Online Training Program), Christian Formation Series, Liturgy Day, Evangelization and Catechesis Day, in-service, etc., there are so many more opportunities for you -- some as close as your computer!
Webinars are online (web) seminars that allow students from all over the country/world to participate together with an expert, teacher, motivator, author, leader or facilitator. "Live" participants who join the webinar in "real time" often have the chance to ask questions, offer additional insights or respond to questions during the session. Many of the sessions are recorded and made available any time.
Key advantages of webinars are:
1. No travel time to and from the session.
2. Shortened commitment time then without the travel involved.
3. Can be done about anywhere you have an internet connection, so that can be in your office, at home, or (with earphones) while you wait for your child involved in a sport, dance, music, etc.
4. You can learn from speakers who may never come to this area. It is incredible to be able to ask an expert a question and get his/her direct response!
5. You can learn about almost ANY topic, if you search long enough.
6. Affordable -- most of offered inexpensively, and many are FREE.
7. You can interact with participants from all over the region, country or world, depending on the webinar.
So, check your internet connection (speed, bandwidth) and computer/tablet/smartphone sound,
and if they are compatible, then start looking for the topics you most want to learn about via webinar!
I shall offer a few suggestions:
+ Members of the National Association of Catholic Youth Ministry Leaders receive FREE access to monthly webinars with topics directly of interest to our ministries with teens. Membership is only $60 for the year and has additional benefits like discounts on conferences and resources, membership news, etc.
Check out the current webinar listing at:
For membership, click here:
+ For only $25 per session (discounted in bulk), the Center for Ministry Development offers monthly topics related to ministry with youth, young adults, and families. You can also review past sessions and get the handouts. See their listing at:
+ Paulist Evangelization Ministries (Paulist Fathers) offers sessions during this Year of Faith with helpful ways we can deepen our personal faith and share with others. Most (all?) have been free of charge, but you must pre-register. Check out upcoming topics at:
+ St. Mary's Press offers a number of webinars that help make use of tools they produce
See their offerings at:
+ Joe Paprocki offers insights on his Catechist's Journey site. While he has worked mostly with DREs and children's programs, there are topics of interest to those of us working with 'older children' as well.
+ Ave Maria Press offers free webinars for parish minister's professional development.
WHAT OTHERS MIGHT YOU RECOMMEND?
How have webinars helped your ministry?
How have webinars helped your personal growth as a minister?
What new things have you learned by participating in a webinar?
How have webinars helped you encourage continued formation with your team, vo
Cindee Case, MPS
Director of the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.