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:
I love helping out a teenager; however, my eyes roll every time I have to sign off on a service hour requirement for school. While I love the fact that teens are getting involved I don’t like that it’s become a requirement.
Teenagers need to serve because it helps them grow as disciples, but making them do it as a requirement is not the answer. If you want to grow disciples who serve locally, nationally and internationally because they Love God and Love Others then you need to make sure you:
There is the pastor that never shows up or even asks about your ministry. Then there is the one who is more involved than he should be. Both can drive a youth minister nuts.
The question isn’t which one would you prefer, but how can you plug in your pastor without having him take over? While some might prefer one over the other you need to have your pastor involved to a certain degree because your ministry is an extension of his own.
To plug him in and maintain boundaries it’s important to:
It started out as frustration and quickly turned into resentment. My expectations as a leader were not being met. People weren’t performing the tasks or doing them subpar. After sharing this disappointment with a youth minister friend he was quick to point out that I was a part of the problem.
I had expectations, but I wasn’t doing anything to set my team up for success. Instead I assumed that they would just pick up their roles and responsibilities naturally. I learned to set them up for success you need to:
I’m asked, “How do I get more out of my leaders?” We know the more we get out of our leaders the better our ministry will be.
It’s a loaded question. It’s a question that deals with getting volunteers to show up to trainings. It’s making sure everyone is showing up equipped and ready to go. The truth is to get more you need to: