Small groups work. They are where life change happens. Small groups are the place where teens form life long relationships. Small groups are the reason teenager will come back. That’s if you do them right.
While there is a lot of great small group content available it’s not always clear how to build the program. If you are looking to start or adjust a current small group ministry you need to make sure you:
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:
Training is something we want to provide for all of our ministers. The problem is that putting together a training event can feel overwhelming and complicated.
Why is it complicated? It’s because we want people to come, get the most out of it and use what we give them. The pressure to not waste and give them something substantial is paralyzing. In the end it’s easier to do nothing. But, it doesn’t have to be that complicated.
I moved around a lot as a kid and I hated those first few days at a new school. It meant breaking the barrier from strange new kid to it’s totally fine I’m cool. Teenagers coming to your ministry for the first time have that same feeling.
As a leader you need to be intentional about your hospitality or else the default will feel more like hostile. When someone is coming for the first time they are going to be wondering:
Do you ever get excited seeing someone new walk in the door of your youth ministry? You feel like your seeing a long lost relative. Then you panic when they leave at the end of the night wondering, “Are they coming back?”
We all want consistency in our ministry because it creates a healthy foundation to go and grow deeper. To achieve consistency means creating a ministry where students feel loved and connected. It means providing: