Youth Ministry Articles
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.
Use this creative and experiential confirmation lesson to help students and leaders experience what it means and how it feels to forgive someone else.
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.
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.
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.
A group covenant establishes the unique structure and relational bonds of a group each time you gather. The people, place, and purpose of a trip all contribute to the creation of a unique covenant every time you travel with a group of young people.