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Survey: Youth ministers want to go “high tech” when talking about God
Youth ministers are ready to dive head first into new media when talking about God to other young people, according to a national survey.
The survey conducted by the National Secretariat for Youth Apostolate (NSYA) last April showed that, if given a choice, youth ministers would want to hone new media skills for evangelization.
Choosing from 17 skills/areas in youth ministry, Pinoy youth ministers said their second pick would be to receive more training on ‘conceptualization skills/module design’.
Not to be left behind, the third most needed training, according to the youth ministers themselves, is for fund-raising.
According to Iris Suministrado, the head of CFC – Singles for Christ Social Communications, the sudden interest of youth ministers in new ways of talking about Jesus should come as no surprise.
Suministrado, a missionary for CFC – Singles for Christ, shared, “We should know our times. We should make our evangelization relevant.”
Suministrado heads a team of single and Catholic video editors, photographers, writers, graphic artists, social media practitioners and talents from all over Metro Manila to come up with creative ways of evangelizing.
At present, they are working on videos that will come out on Youtube and podcasts for everyday listening or as Suministrado described it, “alternative media that you can watch and enjoy”.
The website of CFC – Singles for Christ, a Catholic singles’ ministry, lists an active membership of 6,951 in Metro Manila alone.
The NSYA surveyed youth ministers from the 86 dioceses in the country and 27 member organizations of the Federation of National Youth Organizations last April.
The survey was done primarily to consult youth ministers regarding the program and content of the National Conference for Youth Ministers in October. [Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]