News and updates on the development of Youth Formation.
What's New With Youth Formation?
I'm here at the National Youth Worker's Convention in Pittsburgh, hoping to get some insight into the problems youth workers face in equipping and teaching. Book ideas are really starting to flow.
"Our youth group is too small."
This is a strain that gets repeated often. The limitation of size is a problem of motivation. The thought is, if there are only these youth, then how can I make a big impact? It can be depressing... only two showed up.
"There is a lad here with five barley loaves and two fish; but what are they among so many?" John 6:9
Andrew shares your bewilderment with smallness. The question is, how can we be motivated to offer what little we have to God? The answer lies in letting God take care of the big things, while we attend to the small things. You might be in a place where you have two or three youth who are at all interested in being instructed in the Christian Faith. That's big. Let me tell you how big it is. If only one of them is converted to lifelong discipleship and a lifelong commitment to being a witness to Jesus Christ, you will have set off a celebration in Heaven. (Luke 15:10) It is my experience that if a catechist takes seriously his or her role of uniting the person to Jesus Christ, offering a personal witness, and teaching the Scirptures, inviting others into his/her life, the results will be far better than one in three.
So your youth group is small - too small to play the games in your youth ministry books and too small to get a group rate on a ski trip, let alone a group rate on anything. But, once we have bought into that disappointment and negativity, the battle has already been lost. It has been lost because the battle is a battle for hearts and minds and souls, not consumers of religion. The main task of youth ministry is not numbers, and it is definitely not getting a group rate. The main task is making disciples. Scripture devouring, grace-filled, sold-out for Jesus disciples. If you make one - you can die with a smile on your face.
Just returned from Nashotah House and the Young Anglicans Summit, which is a part of the Young Anglicans Project. We're working on some very exciting stuff, including the compilation a draft plumbline catechism that will serve as the groundwork for the Youth Formation Catechetical Program. This should come to completion sometime in December.
We were surrounded by beautiful fall colors, and had a great time. Included in this work will be the creation of a quarterly journal for the Young Anglicans Project, which will include articles from a number of extremely qualified and experienced youth ministry practitioners and theologians. This development comes at a great time, and we're looking forward to seeing what comes of it.
I've been making a ton of progress over the last several weeks, going from about %50 completion with the draft document to about %85 completion. In order to give you an idea of how things are progressing, I have included a sample page. You can access the .pdf by clicking the link below.
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