“Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?…Feed My sheep (John 21:17).” With these words our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ instructed the Apostle Peter in the way he should express his love toward Him. As Christians we too are instructed by Christ to feed His sheep by sharing with others the Good News that has been passed down to us throughout generations. It is our sacred duty to offer spiritual food to Christ’s flock which will edify them and assist them in their journey toward Him.
A major area of importance is sharing the saving message of Jesus Christ with the young people of the Orthodox Church. Our society today is becoming more and more secularized and void of moral direction. With children facing countless harmful influences each and every day, it is imperative that we do everything in our power to incorporate them into the Body of Christ, His holy Church. We read in Proverbs, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it (22:6).” Now is the time that we must take advantage of the opportunity to impact the lives of young Orthodox Christians so that they may become, and remain active sacramental members of the Church, and through this, attain the reward of eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries works to sustain and enhance ministry to children and young adults throughout the Metropolis of Denver. To achieve this goal, the training of adult youth workers who function on the parish level is a main focus of the Metropolis Office. This effort strives to give the parish priests, teachers, and youth workers, who have direct and frequent contact with young people, the tools and knowledge that they require to effectively minister to our parishes’ youth. In addition, by offering Metropolis-wide events and programs, as well as supporting local parish efforts, the Office works to help our Orthodox young people form a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Central to this offering them a better understanding of who Christ is and how we, as members of His Body, the Church, approach the world around us.
The Office incorporates several areas of ministry which are directed toward different groups of individuals. Each of these ministries is based on the following four characteristics; Worship (Liturgia), Fellowship (Koinonia), Service (Diakonia), and Witness (Martyria), which are key components of an Orthodox Christian lifestyle. Through the teaching and sharing of these important aspects, young people are encouraged to become well-rounded members of the Church community.