I was so excited about the new powerpoint game I had just downloaded. I had visions of teens laughing, crying and cheering as we played the game. The night was supposed to end with them hoisting me on their shoulders shouting, “Chris, thanks for changing my life!”
Needless to say the game failed. There was some sort of error and issues with compatibility. As I tried to correct the error I sweat with panic. I thought to myself, “If I don’t get this game going the night’s ruined.” I don’t think Jesus would have agreed with me.
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 keep telling myself that I have to make time to meet with my volunteers. The problem is that life is so busy for me and them. In the end it can be overwhelming and easy to feel stuck.
Building a dynamic team for your ministry would be easy if life happened in a vacuum. Unfortunately, it seems like no one has time to connect, meet and grow together. So how do train your volunteers while you are constantly on the go?
When a student walks into your ministry are they ready to learn? One approach is to entice them with a better picture of what life could be. While that can work you still need to make sure they can feel vulnerable.
When a teen is vulnerable it means they’ve let down their guard. A vulnerable teen is one that is willing to grow and listen. To give them that permission you need to:
I love these first couple of weeks of the new year because you run into college students coming back from break. Some of them are excited to see you and others are hoping you don’t ask the question, “Have you been going to church?”
As youth ministers we care if our teens continue to grow as disciples after they leave our ministry. The tendency is to ask about their spiritual life, but maybe we should take a different approach. Before getting into their spiritual life: