Working in church ministry can sometimes feel like a very lonely job, especially when working with young adults. People often wonder "Am I the only one doing this job?" Because of the rarity of this type of outreach, there are indeed less ministry professionals working in this field across the country - but it's not that rare.
One of the main missions of NCYAMA is to provide church ministers with networking opportunities... the chance to meet others just like you working for the Church. So if you're feeling isolated or alone, you've come to the right place.
NCYAMA offers several different ways that can network with others working in young adult ministry across the United States:
1. Every other year at the biennial National Leadership Forum, a two-day gathering of ministry professionals where topics and issues relevant to the ministry are discussed. Click here for more details on the most recent Forum in New Orleans.
2. Regularly at other national conferences, symposia, and seminars which NCYAMA sponsors, supports, or has a presence (recent events include the Notre Dame Campus & Young Adult Ministry Symposium, the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry, the Catholic Campus Ministry Association conference, and the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress). Click here for a list of the upcoming events which NCYAMA will be sponsoring.
3. Through the NCYAMA regional networks and representatives, who can network you with others working in young adult ministry in your specific part of the country. Some networks meet in person, while others interface through phone calls and online. To contact your regional representative, click here for the current list of NCYAMA leadership council liaisons.
4. Always through the NCYAMA social networking sites, especially Facebook. These sites can build community through online interaction, conversations, and postings.
If there are other ways that we can connect you with one another, please don't hesitate to ask by emailing us at email@example.com. We would love to hear from you.