Youth Ministry Articles
We believe that God has given us free will. Faith leaders should encourage conversations that recognize consent and routinely encourage autonomy of choice. Long-time youth minister Heidi Carter offers suggestions for how to hold these conversations with youth and young adults.
When young people feel seen and heard, their faith readiness becomes apparent. Valued, confirmands become engaged in authentic community where deep examination of belief and practice matter. Such a dynamic climate sustains a confirmation program, strengthens the host congregation, and retains youth after they are confirmed. The data shows that teenagers are already motivated to participate.
Naming everyday situations with faith words helps teens articulate their walk with God. Leaders guide and model, helping youth see God at work around them and in them.
These Are Our Bodies invites parents and church leaders into the serious, hopeful work of integrating body and soul. The series includes a foundational book as well as leader guides, participant workbooks and parent books for preschool through high school, as well as a young adult module.
Two great resources which offer a systems approach to creating vibrant, sustainable Christian formation ministries in a parish setting. Resources provide a detailed, long-term plan for escaping the traditional last-minute scramble for volunteers, curriculum, and supplies and preventing burnout.
“Even young people who said their parents had first ‘forced’ them to acolyte expressed a newfound connection to worship and an enthusiasm for being at