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Catholic Young Adult Sports (CYAS), is a Denver based, young adult recreational sports outreach. Our mission is to build a community of hospitable outreach through recreational sports and socials that lead to a path of discipleship in Bible studies, retreats, and mission trips. We use sports and socials as the draw and leverage them to invite participants into a deeper life in union with Jesus Christ. Our core mission values are hospitable outreach, integrity, and Catholic orthodoxy. Our goal/vision is Catholic young adult community everywhere. We have seen incredible fruit in our apostolate and through our partnerships we are providing a community of belonging for young adults. Numerous marriages, re-conversions and conversions have happened as the Spirit works through our communities and missionaries. This work is bearing fruit…is God inviting you to bear fruit that will remain, with us?
Need for CYAS
We model a radical Catholic view in practice, which is not radical at all in theology. Evangelization requires us to “meet people where they are at.” Community, or social life, is not only necessary, but is this first step for evangelization, yet it is often overlooked or devalued in our intellect heavy tradition. Cardinal Ratzinger and Sherry Wedell both give a framework for the path to discipleship along the lines of: 1- Trust & Curiosity – Pre-evangelization 2 – Initial Catechesis (or discipleship) and finally 3 – Perfected Catechesis. CYAS excels in stages 1 & 2 and leaves our partners, often parishes, to continue investing in stage 3.
Did you know that 80% of young adults will leave the Catholic faith before they turn 23? And, less than 5% will return for marriage or baptism. This is a crises demanding urgent attention.
The young adult outreach coordinator serves a parish, or a diocese region, in the efforts to evangelize 18-39 year olds. Every missionary coordinator plans and coordinates recreational sports leagues (basketball, ultimate, volleyball, etc.) and fun social events for new participant engagement. Then they personally invite and encourage participants to get involved in a path to discipleship such as: Bible studies, retreats and mission trips, which they also plan/coordinate.
Outreach coordinators will work in a team of 2-4 missionaries and report to a Team Director. They will also live with at least one missionary of the same gender in housing that is provided rent-free with the intention of starting/continuing to direct a formation household for young single adults that live with them.
Employees of CYAS are missionaries, which means they are required to fundraise to further the mission. Missionary positions income are only limited by self-motivation and willingness to have a radical faith and boldness for Christ. CYAS will internally train all missionaries on how to build a support team from friends, family and referrals. The twelve weeks are set aside strictly for building this support team, which will sustain the missionaries in their work with CYAS. Support team building is performed remotely near the missionary's home base. During this initial season, missionaries are subsidized with an initial stipend and a potential draw account against future earnings. They are also held accountable to fundraising goals based on their personal budget needs. Missionaries can expect to raise $24k-$60k/year in support on top of rent-free housing provided.
The ideal candidate will be zealous for holiness, orthodox Catholic in line with the Roman rite in formation (Byzantine, Lithuanian, etc.), and desire to lead a community of peers to knowing and loving Jesus Christ. They should be willing to step out of their comfort zone frequently in order to lead others in faith and morals and often be the first welcoming contact for young adults seeking to grow spiritually in a parish or city. They also must have some affinity towards sports, at minimum having played in some recreational/developmental league(s) or enough familiarity to be confident in planning and leading leagues with some training. They will also need to be outgoing towards new people, as the position requires a lot of social networking and the creation of a hospitable environment requires good conversational skills. They must also be self-motivated, or motivated by their relationship with God towards diligence, and a servant leader. All potential candidates will embody the CYAS values: hospitable outreach, integrity and Catholic orthodoxy.
Job Type: Commission
Salary: $2,000.00 to $5,000.00 /month