A place for Catholic teens who are committed to following Christ to hang out, meet new people, and have a good time!We are Involved - in our Church and our community. From service projects to meetings to weekend gatherings, ChrisTeen actively works (and sometimes plays) for our faith and for our neighbors.Come join us anytime. Another friendly face is always welcome!
ChrisTeen is a comprehensive youth ministry seeking to engage the emotional, spiritual, and physical growth of our teens. Teens have a real voice at Transfiguration, where youth ministry is to youth, with youth, for youth, and by youth.
Our vision of ChrisTeen at Transfiguration is to create an environment that encourages ALL the youth of the parish to grow and develop their faith and relationship with God, their relationship with the community, and individually.
Comprehensive Youth Ministry
To create this environment, we use a process entitled Comprehensive Youth Ministry, which is based on the following principles:
- To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.
- To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.
- To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.
- Provide support, training, and encouragement at every turn.
Because such a wide variety of activities and programs are required to insure that the principles of Comprehensive Youth Ministry are maintained, it is broken down into eight basic components:
- Catechesis - promoting a young person’s growth in Catholic faith through the kind of teaching and learning that emphasizes understanding, reflection, and transformation through systematic, planned, and intentional programming.
- Prayer & Worship - involving young people in the many and varied worship experiences in the Church, including the Eucharist and other sacraments, non-sacramental liturgies and prayer services, and individual prayer.
- Community Life - fostering community among adolescents is an essential component of youth ministry as relationships are very important to young people. A communal sense may flourish through catechesis, worship, social activities, family and service programs; providing meaningful programs and activities to support and strengthen the family unit.
- Pastoral Care - providing youth with sources of support and counsel as they face personal problems and pressures (for example: family problems, peer pressure, substance abuse, suicide) and decide on careers and important life decisions; providing appropriate support and guidance for youth during times of stress and crisis; helping young people deal with the problems they face and the pressures people place on them; developing a better understanding of their parents and learning how to communicate with them.
- Justice & Service - guiding young people in developing a Catholic social consciousness and a commitment to a life of justice and peace through educational programs and service/action involvement; infusing the concepts of justice and service into all youth ministry relationships and programming.
- Evangelization - reaching out to young people who are not involved in the life of the community and inviting them into a relationship with Jesus and our Catholic community. Evangelization involves proclaiming the Good News of Jesus through programs and relationships.
- Advocacy - empowering adolescents and adults to be ministers of the Gospel message leading others to God as they themselves are being led; representing and supporting the needs of youth in parish and local communities as well as in the community at large serving to strengthen an adolescent’s self-esteem.
- Leadership Development – empowering youth for leadership and ministry with their peers – in schools, church and civic communities – by affirming their gifts, equipping youth with skills for leadership and ministry.
Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry, United States Catholic Conference, 1997