A comprehensive youth ministry program, whether it is based in a single parish or represents the cooperative efforts of several parishes, includes the dimension of structured or formal catechesis. Coordinators of youth ministry, therefore, should have theological formation as well as competence and experience as catechists. They should be able to lead and guide young people to grow in the knowledge of the Catholic faith, in the practice of that faith in light of principles of Christian morality and social justice, in the celebration of the sacraments, and in the development of their spiritual lives. Coordinators of youth ministry should be practicing Catholics who live the Gospel in all aspects of their lives. They should be models of Christian living for the young people they serve and have the ability to speak credibly about their personal experience of the gift of faith.
- National Directory for Catechesis, p. 226