Right at this moment, stop and rate your youth ministry program on a scale of 1-10. What rating did you give? Better yet, why did you give the ministry that ranking? When we evaluate our ministries, there are several factors that we use to judge its “successfulness.” Often the number of teens, or the amount of compliments (or complaints), or the supportiveness of the pastor and parish are keys factors – but should they be? “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord” (Isaiah 55:8). Maybe it is time to take a different approach in evaluating youth ministry at your parish. Maybe it is time to ask how God sees our efforts in leading teens closer to Christ and how effective we are in His eyes. In the end, it is not about numbers or compliments or complaints – it is about faithfulness to the call God has placed on our hearts.
Goal for this Life Night The goal of this Life Night is to answer the questions “what is prayer?” and “why do we need a prayer life?” Using the Lord’s Prayer as a starting point, the teens will learn the importance of prayer as the foundation of their relationship with God. About this night Prayer is at the heart of a relationship with Jesus. Jesus not only calls us to pray, He also teaches us how to pray through His words and example. This night looks at the call to prayer in a culture that demands
Goal of the Life Night The goal of this Life Night is to introduce the semester on the Person of Christ. This night will also highlight the Trinity as the central mystery of the Christian faith and help the teens understand God’s desire for communion with them. About this night This Life Night is the beginning of the semester on the person of Christ. The Trinity is not a mystery to solve, but to experience. The three distinct, yet singular Persons create the foundation for knowing Christ personally
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Retreat Objectives Session 1a: The goal of this session is for the middle school youth to discover the need for Christ in their lives and increase their desire to grow closer to him. Session 1b: The goal of this session is for the middle school youth to recognize the greatness of God and see how He wants them to reflect that greatness to the world. Session 2: The middle school youth will come to understand that Jesus reveals Himself in many different ways. They will be challenged to open