One of the most common complaints I have heard from Youth Ministers over the years goes something like this, “I really love ministry, but I’m struggling with the rest of the parish staff.” If you’ve been in Youth Ministry long enough, there’s a good chance you’ve had some difficulty with other parish staff members. While some may be supportive, others may not get why you are “never in your office,” or maybe they don’t see the transformational power of shaving cream, duck tape, and red vines. Regardless of the conflict, relationships among parish staff members can be improved.
I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on how much Youth Ministry has evolved in the past several years. I know some of you reading this have been in ministry far longer than I, while many of you are relatively newer to the ranks. I began as a Core Member in 1991. Suffice to say, the Catholic Youth Ministry landscape has changed dramatically since then.
So at the risk of sounding like a grumpy old man, I thought I’d take some of you on a trip back in youth ministry time. Jump in the DeLorean and let’s get to it.
Ever wonder if you approach relationships the right way? I heard something recently that made me think about how we approach the people in our life. A friend recently looked at me and said – “For years my relationship with my wife has been a banking relationship. I deposit time, service, gifts and affection in hopes that I would get something back. It was like a deposit and withdraw relationship.” In other words, I’m willing to put something into this relationship if I can get something out of
Goal for the Life Night:
To delineate the ongoing struggle of sin in our lives and remind the teens of the gift that God gives us through relationships with people who hold us accountable as Christians amidst a morally relevant society. Life Night at a Glance: This night gives the teens an opportunity to look at how they are held accountable for the sins they commit in their own lives. The night begins with a humorous look at accountability as one teen from the parish will be put on trial and