GOYA ministry welcomes all youth in High School. The Greek Orthodox
Youth of America, or GOYA, is the ministry to teenagers of the Greek
Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Since GOYA is ministry, the orientation
and implementation of the program should reflect the Orthodox Christian
Faith, Tradition and Life. GOYA is ministry to high school Orthodox
MISSION AND GOAL OF GOYA MINISTRY
The mission and goal of GOYA ministry is
to lead our young people into experiencing the Holy Orthodox Faith. By
developing a relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and
becoming active sacramental members of the living Church, and learning
about the Faith, our youth will be equipped with tools necessary to
assist them in their journey toward salvation.
The National Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
recommends that JGOYA ministry be based on the following four
Worship (Liturgia) - as Orthodox Christians, we believe that
God reveals Himself through Holy Tradition and Scripture. Worship is the
sacramental expression of these, and is thus a very important element in
ministering to our young people. It is important for JGOYAn’s
to be active sacramental members of the Church.
- is the way Orthodox Christians integrate their faith with daily life.
It is sacred when Orthodox Christians gather together in our Lord’s name.
The relationship of the Holy Trinity is the perfect model of Fellowship.
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit share perfect communion and exist in
perfect love. By gathering together in fellowship, and by experiencing
this love, we emulate the relationship of the Trinity, and develop our
life in Christ.
Service (Diakonia) - Christ came to serve, not to be served.
Young people are urged to do the same. Therefore, we can honor and
glorify God by loving and serving humanity in His name. Young people
should use their God-given charismata (gifts) to serve.
- Man is both a spiritual and physical being. The spiritual reality is
not always expressed in the material world. In order to be true to
oneself and to the Orthodox Christian Faith, young people should strive
to exemplify faith. They must be a witness to their faith, offering a
convincing word and verbal expression of this faith, to those they come
in contact with.
GOYA Board Members:
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