Yesterday our parish had it’s annual offsite staff day. It’s an exercise going back years to help us get on the same page to create an amazing year of message series, programs and ministry. In a way it’s our most important day as staff.
Whether you follow an academic or calendar year it’s important to spend time with the team to plan your best year ever. But, it’s not as simple as gathering around a table and asking the question, “How are we going to do this?” You need to make sure you:
One of the challenges in ministry is difficult people. Those difficult people can be an angry parent, over demanding pastor or an energetic teenager. But, what if it’s one of your volunteers?
Volunteers are essential to your ministry. They help you reach more teens and grow more disciples. But, sometimes they show up late, try to take control over a program or just give you a hard time. You might want them to just go away or change, but really you need to:
Small groups work. They are where life change happens. Small groups are the place where teens form life long relationships. Small groups are the reason teenager will come back. That’s if you do them right.
While there is a lot of great small group content available it’s not always clear how to build the program. If you are looking to start or adjust a current small group ministry you need to make sure you:
Confirmation preparation isn’t always a process people want to embrace. While it’s an important part of the Catholic (and other denominations) faith formation it’s often filled with consumeristic demands and requirements that can make it a logistical nightmare for both parents, teens and parish employees.
The solution? Is to change your perspective as the leader. Instead of hesitating and going into the program reluctantly you need to embrace it and make sure you aren’t just going through the motions. To build a dynamic Confirmation preparation it’s not just about the content, it’s also about:
Training your team can get costly in a variety of ways. You can waste people’s time and lose their trust if what you provide isn’t worth the sacrifice. To make it quality you spend a lot of money, which can drain your budget. We know meetings are important, but how do you make them worth it?
To ease the burden you need to: