In March, 1980, in Annapolis Maryland, the National Symposium on Catholic Youth Ministry in the 80’s was held. One of the motivating factors cited was “the developmental stage of Catholic youth ministry seemed to demand an occasion for an in-depth review.”
They wondered if they would be able to project whether or not youth ministry would exist in 1990? Could they obtain guideposts for their ministry from societal trends revealed by research?
I tripped across the book Hope for the Decade which shared the outcomes of the symposium and decided to pull some quotes from it for the blog… You’ll find them throughout September, as part of the quotables that we offer on Fridays.
It is interesting to look as to how we have evolved and changed and how some of our concerns have remained through the years.