Last week I was in Austria meeting with church leaders and what struck me was the similarity in some of the obstacles they faced. When it comes to reaching the next generation they were finding despite all their efforts nothing was changing.
Youth ministry can get frustrating because the amount of work you put into it doesn’t always match the reward you expect to get from it. This can only mean two things, you either need to:
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:
Early on in my ministry when the attendance numbers would drop I wondered, “When am I going to make it?” I was working out of frustration because my expectations of success weren’t being met.
Success has so many more signs than attendance numbers. It’s more than awards and public praise. And success doesn’t signify that you’ve made it to a point where you can sit back and relax. Success in youth ministry means:
I recently was speaking to a new youth minister who asked me the question, “Where do I start when it comes to building a healthy ministry for teenagers?” It’s a loaded question, but I always have the same answer, “It depends where you want to take the next generation?”
Doesn’t matter the shape, or size of your ministry the one essential ingredient to success is a well thought out and clear vision. Without vision the energy and resources you pour into your ministry will evaporate quickly.
Every youth minister asks the question, “Am I doing enough?” It’s a question we are afraid to answer because it could expose our failures and shortcomings.
But, if you do not ask the question, “Am I doing enough?” then your ministry will never change. It needs to change because the world around it is constantly moving. To answer the question you need to know how to: