Recognizing that youth and young adults play a vital role in the life of the Church, the Department of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry works to train clergy, parents, and youth ministers in various aspects of ministry with, to, and by young people. Department members encourage the utilization of existing youth groups, organizations, and programs and their resources to involve youth in the life and ministry of the Church on the Church-wide, diocesan, deanery and parish levels. Working with regional camp directors, the encouragement, development, and training for Orthodox summer camp programs is also a Department priority, as are the maintenance and further development of contacts and programs.
The Department also encourages the development of campus ministries and Orthodox Christian Fellowships on campuses across North America and coordinates its efforts on a pan-Orthodox level. Department members publish the monthly young adult Wonder blog, collecting various thought provoking articles aimed primarily at college students.
OCA Wonder Blog