Delivering a shared vision for youth ministry
CYMFed’s starting point is to be found in the principle of synodality. We recognise that it takes the whole Church to minister effectively to young people. CYMFed seeks to help, shape and support youth ministry throughout the federation, encouraging and facilitating members working together in a spirit of mutual and reciprocal responsibility. By cultivating a nationwide atmosphere of encouragement and providing opportunity where possible, CYMFed members collectively deliver a shared vision for youth ministry and best practice for the benefit of young people across England and Wales. From this collective working, CYMFed is able to provide a national voice for youth ministry and insight into youth culture to the Bishops’ Conference and other bodies both within and outside of the Church.
“Youth ministry has to be synodal; it should involve a ‘journeying together’ that values ‘the charisms that the Spirit bestows in accordance with the vocation and role of each of the Church’s members, through a process of co-responsibility.” (Pope Francis, Christus Vivit, 206)