Over three months ago I decided to start over in youth ministry. I started working at a parish with great leadership, a wonderful staff; however, there had been a significant gap in youth ministry.
What that meant was starting from the ground up. No problem, right? If you are starting out in youth ministry or trying to rebuild the one that you have it’s important to take these 5 STEPS:
What would the perfect faith formation curriculum look like? Would it have videos with engaging speakers? Would it be usable, shareable and adaptable? There seems to be a lot of options; however, none of them seem to be the right fit, why is that?
It’s frustrating, you spend all this money trying different programs, but none of them work. Well, that’s because the answer isn’t necessarily in the content. To grow disciples and have an effective faith formation you need to:
No one ever walks into a Confirmation preparation informational meeting thinking, “I’m really looking forward to knowing what’s required of me?” They are wondering, “What do I HAVE TO DO to get through this?”
Requirements are a part of sacramental prep that most of us abhor, but they are necessary because they demand a certain expectation. Unfortunately, those expectations are given with little to no explanation. We rely too heavily on YOU HAVE TO DO THIS when we should be saying:
Do you ever feel like the day flies by and you haven’t accomplished anything? Yeah, I’ve had that feeling too. In fact, it’s something I’ve often struggled with and that’s why a few weeks ago I attended a webinar on the 7 Deadly Sins of Productivity.
During that webinar, I realized that while I am constantly learning different ways of being productive, I was also sabotaging my own productivity by:
Let’s face it, we could all use more volunteers. Doesn’t matter how many you have the demand to do more and expand your capacity is always there. The question is, “Is your system for recruiting effective?”
There is not one way of recruiting volunteers, but some are more effective than others. When it comes to recruiting volunteers you want to avoid: