Catholic Sports Evangelization Missionary - Ages 18-39

Catholic Young Adult Sports - Naperville, IL (30+ days ago)


About CYAS

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.

Position Summary

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.

Ideal Candidate

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.

Position Duties

  • Event planning & co-ordination: Every missionary should plan at minimum 6 sports leagues and 6-12 social events annually (training and support is provided)
  • Formation planning: Every missionary will lead at least one Bible study and disciple at least two young adults, plan 1-2 retreats a year, and work within a region on planning a mission trip or a pilgrimage for young adults (training and support is provided)
  • Recruitment: Every missionary must work diligently at inviting and encouraging peers to get involved in outreach, formation and volunteer opportunities
  • Marketing: Event planning requires a good marketing strategy. CYAS provides tools and systems for effective social media and email marketing, but our staff are required to carry it out. An eye for detail and ability to be objective in marketing is critical to its success.
  • Pro-Life: Missionaries working in a parish must work creatively to build a pro-life, not pro-birth culture in a parish. Primarily, finding a way to provide numerous babysitting opportunities for young adult events.
  • Coordinating efforts with diocesan/parish personnel, including reporting to the local Bishop/Pastor and/or his representatives and working hard to explain and understand the relational evangelization vision of CYAS and the Church.
  • Fundraising one's own income earnings and maintaining good rapport with donors (training is provided, and the first 11 weeks of the position are dedicated to building a livable salary while receiving a base stipend and optional draw against future support donations) - A live-able and just wage, beyond free rent, is expected and required

Position Requirements

  • Sincere dedication to personal spiritual growth and spiritual direction
  • Successful candidates will exemplify leadership skills, especially self-motivation and time-management.
  • Interpersonal skills are critical for managing/recruiting a team of volunteers and players/captains for leagues, socials events, and formation opportunities
  • 100% Missionary minded (all work should have eternal salvation at the forefront) – missionary work is a vocation/calling, which means it permeates to all aspects of life, unlike a job. This is why the position requires more than 50 hours, but a good portion of those hours should be in fun social settings that hardly seem like labor.
  • A good Catholic theology formation (including practicing the faith & being baptized and confirmed Catholic) and a passion for sharing/teaching the Catholic faith
  • Creativity and innovation to propose and enact new leagues/events
  • Experience in social media, with at least 500 Facebook friends (a strong social network is crucial to fundraising and shows the ability to relate to a large pool of personalities)
  • Organization, Time Management, Good Communication and Self Discipline
  • Using Google Calendar sharing and a personal digital calendar is a must
  • Prudent at taking time for self needs/interest
  • Willing to spend a lot of time in social settings and networking opportunities
  • Frequent night and weekend work is required, primarily being present for league events or socials with participants and/or in building a support team – most of the work is fun and what we would expect the missionaries would want to do in their free-time anyway (playing sports, getting a drink with friends, leading Bible studies, etc.)
  • Self-motivation while managing one’s own schedule and frequent remote work
  • Willingness to initiate new projects in order to improve existing processes for the entire team
  • Discipleship minded – desire for authentic friendships geared towards heaven/virtue

Beneficial Non-Requirements

  • A high level of computer/technical skills (Microsoft Suite, Windows, social media marketing, email marketing, photo/video editing, etc.)
  • Confidence in Public Speaking and/or Group Leadership – formation (retreats/talks) or fundraising oriented
  • Sales or Development experience
  • Work in the sports industry
  • Event planning experience
  • Willingness to relocate for mission expansion

Job Type: Commission

Salary: $2,000.00 to $5,000.00 /month


  • Catholic faith (RCIA, Catholic work, education, etc): 1 year (Required)
  • daily prayer: 1 year (Required)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)