It seems to always happen at the worst moment possible. You know the moment you want everyone tuned into God. Maybe it’s during your message, or a quiet moment of prayer. It’s during that time the disruption begins. Teenagers.
In youth ministry there will always be disruptive teens. The challenge of dealing with them can be overwhelming. You don’t want to kick anyone out, but you need to make sure you protect everyone else’s experience. Take on distractions in your ministry by:
We’re shutting down our regular youth ministry program this week. It’s something we do every year. We close up shop for a few weeks as we transition into summer mode. Some think it’s a time to wind down, but in reality it’s a great time to get ramped up.
While summer is the perfect time to offer camp and mission trips it’s also an opportune time to get ready for fall. Before you get sucked up into the summer fun make sure you:
Two weeks ago I wrote about measuring your ministry. When it comes to the tangible (i.e. attendance) it’s easy to keep track. When it comes to the intangible it’s not always clear.
The intangible side of youth ministry deals with life change. How do you measure what’s going on in someone’s mind or heart? While there is no solid science a few ways you can start measuring life change is by:
If you grew up in a youth ministry you were impacted by some adult who poured time and energy into you. They might be the reason you got involved. You love what they did and now that you are in it, you realize it looks different.
There is MORE to ministry than just hanging out. The MORE involves administrative duties as well as pastoral. You might feel more inclined to the latter because you want to pay forward what you received. But, the reality is leadership in youth ministry also requires that you:
Preparation for confirmation is a huge part of working with the next generation in the Catholic Church. It’s the greatest potential to unleash disciples and it can be the biggest headache too.
Often I hear the frustration and even resentment when I talk to other youth ministers and DRE’s when it comes to confirmation preparation. And we wonder why?