Why Sharing Your Story Is So Important

Now that Rebuilding Youth Ministry is out people have asked me how it all started.  The how was simple.  I took blog posts and journal entries together.  But, the why I started writing is a whole different question.

So, why did I start writing the book?  Someone invited me to share my story.  And I accepted the invitation to share my story because of how much I’ve benefitted from the stories of fellow youth workers.  And I think it’s important for you to do the same.

I’m not suggesting that you write a book, but I think it’s important for all youth workers to share their story in some way or another because:

The Simplest Way To Get People Involved

Earlier this week I spoke on the Ave Maria Press Webinar “Rebuilding Youth Ministry In Your Parish“.  What I loved about the webinar were the amount of questions that I received from listeners.

While there were several questions that caught my attention, one stood out above the rest.  The question was:

What Should Impact Your Content

It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of buying the next big curriculum package.  Promises of better content with incredible quality tell us, “Students will love this!”  While that’s true for some it’s not for all.

Packaging is only one factor when it comes to your content.  You need to know what impacts your content because it will impact the outcome.  Before you decide what content to purchase make sure you know:

What Do You Want People To Know?

Unfortunately people are not mind readers.  If they were volunteers would do want you want them to do.  Students and parents would get why you want them there.

We all have a message we want to get across to people.  Unfortunately we aren’t always sure how to deliver it.  To get your message across you need to:

4 Steps To Take Before Purchasing A Resource

If given the option, time, money and support most people would create their own content.  The reality is that many of those things are in short supply. Therefore, the next best option is outsourcing.  The question is, What resources to use?”

Outsourcing while it can save you time does cost money.  And not every resource is right for every youth minister.  While recommendations and endorsements are helpful the best way to know which resource is right for your youth ministry is by: