Youth Ministry Articles
Kyle Oliver offers an invitation to remix the song “I Sing A Song of the Saints of God” as a way to help us love and claim our tradition and the God who makes our creativity possible.
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.
Vibrant faith formation occurs when several components work together. Here are three ways to integrate children and youth’s experiences at summer camp into the ecosystem of your congregation.
Both youth and adults struggle to make consistent long term commitments such as showing up to youth group every Sunday evening for nine months. Short-term small groups are a great option for going deep even with busy folks.
There are many advantages to paperless music. These songs can be used any time, any place, without preparation or printing — all you need is a leader with a song they know “by heart” and the willingness to sing. These songs allow people to be fully present without worrying about finding page numbers or hitting exact notes. This type of music is wonderful for children, older adults, and intergenerational gatherings because you do not have to be able to read or see well in order to participate. It’s also easy to include gestures, steps, or even moving around the space to paperless singing.
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.