In an effort to equip and empower Youth Chaplains with good evangelism skills in their ministries, over 40 Diocesan Youth Chaplains from across the country have gathered at Namugongo in the Archdiocese of Kampala, Uganda for a four-day leadership and mentorship skills training.
The training, which kicked off on Wednesday 17th January 2017, will be held until Saturday 20th, January, 2017 under the theme: “Empowerment in the Youth Ministry Today.” Fr. Benedict Mugerwa, the National Youth Chaplain said the training aims at inculcating leadership skills to the Chaplains to assist them to nurture future leaders.
“The outcome of this training in the medium and long term is to assist chaplains in the moulding of young leaders who are able to sustain institutions that they lead and more importantly to lead amidst inherent leadership challenges,” he said adding that, “we are in a changing world where the behavior of young people keeps changing so we need some expertise on how to deal and handle youth affairs.”
The four-day training features a range of activities such as technical presentations and case studies (experience sharing) through interaction with the participants and the facilitators. Some of the topics set to be covered include: Working with Today’s Youth, Youth Ministry Trends, Challenges and Struggles of Today’s Youth, How badly the Youth need the Church today, Jesus Youth a Joyful Reality and Ugandan Context Youth – job for everyone, rural youth, unemployment, open society and migration to cities among other topics.
The event has attracted Diocesan Youth Chaplains from all the 19 Dioceses in the country and other participants including youth leaders in charge of universities and schools.
Representatives from Jesus Youth India, an international Catholic youth movement with a charismatic spirituality, are facilitating the training. Jesus Youth is a network of small but vibrant groups of young people who try to reach out to other youth. In their own life situations, they strive to give time to the Lord, responding to the challenges of today’s world in the power of the Holy Spirit.
By Jacinta W. Odongo, Media Officer, Uganda Episcopal Conference