Ever feel like you don’t know where to start? Youth ministry at your parish needs a boost, or maybe you are getting ready to kick off youth ministry and you don’t know the first step? Well – Have you talked to Gladys?
You know her – the lady who organizes the rosary prayer group at your parish. She appears mild, meek and quite harmless. Only thing is, she and her comrades of the before “Daily Mass Rosary Crew” are prayer warriors and in reality are a big part the glue that holds many parishes together these days. I get asked about starting Life Teen or EDGE in a parish and what is the first step? My first response is to talk to Gladys or whatever that persons name is at your parish who heads up the Rosary group and get them offering up youth ministry at your parish in intercessory prayer. They will take on the charge of interceding for your efforts with conviction. Prayer works and the more people we get praying – the better.
Here’s what Gladys needs to know:
1. Your name and your mission – Let her know who you are and then let her know what is going on in the lives of teens and why we do what we do in Catholic youth ministry. Let her know that when a teen encounters Christ it changes everything – their family, friends, school, the parish and possibly the world in amazing ways!
2. What to pray – Ask her to specifically to get the Rosary group praying for youth ministry at your parish. If there are specific teens, adults or upcoming events – ask her to get people praying for them.
3. Let her know you are praying as well – People want to be part of a movement, so let her know that you and others are praying for the cause of youth ministry at your parish.
So who’s the Gladys at your parish and have you talked to her lately?