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?
I used to hate tracking attendance. I was afraid the numbers would expose me as a failure. What I didn’t know is that while attendance is a sign of success it isn’t the only thing I should measure.
You might ask:
Why is it important to measure our youth ministry?
It helps us grow and design our ministry. When you measure you:
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: