I think that there are too many people that have the perspective that Youth and Young Adult Ministry is ONLY about providing a safe place or events for teens to hang out at. While I hope that it is true of your ministries, we are called to so much more. The mission of the Church is to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Discipleship is not "safe"...it is a transformation of life...it is a radical departure of living the way the world does. Committing to creating disciples among the youth and young adults in your ministry is not a quick fix, but walking along
Forming Intentional Disciples Sherry A. Weddell | Our Sunday Visitor
This is an important book for anyone leading ministry in the Catholic Church, especially those working with youth & young adults. Mrs. Weddell does a great job laying out the situation that we find ourselves in in today's culture of "Nones" and offering insights into what we as a Church can do to reach people in new ways. I think the idea of the "Thresholds of Conversion" are super helpful in identifying where someone is coming from and what they may need in order to grow towards becoming a disciple. It is great for individual reading, but even better as a group study. There is even a workbook available that helps to guide the discussion so you don't have to read it to lead a group discussion on it.
Disciples Called to Witness is a document from the USCCB calling each of us to live out our call to bring the message of Jesus Christ to the world. The Bishops lay out what it can look like as American Catholic Parishes to live out "The New Evangelization" that has been described by Pope Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict, and Pope Francis. You can download the PDF for free and there are some resources and parish discussion guide that you can use as well. This is one of those "must read" ministry documents that you should return to every year or two as a reminder of why we minister to the people we minister to.