Aspirational Youth Ministry

karate-kankakee-aspirations I’ve been reading about education lately… and thinking about it alot.

Nathaniel Whittemore recently wrote about What Jay Z Can Teach Us about the Future of Education for Fast Company and suggested that we need to bring aspiration back to education. He asked, “How much is it the job of education to provide not only the skills for but a belief in the possibility of the future?”

Meanwhile, Seth Godin recently produced his on-line manifesto Stop Stealing Dreams.  In it, he suggests that the present system of education was not developed to motivate kids or created scholars.  It was invented to churn out adults who worked well within the system.  In the post-industrial age, that is not the sort of worker needed anymore.

Godin insists that we can teach people to make commitments, to overcome fear, to deal transparently, to initiate, to plan a course. We can teach people to desire lifelong learning, to express themselves, and to innovate. And, just as important, that it is vital to acknowledge that we can unteach bravery and creativity and initiative. And that we have been doing just that.

We all have to take a look at our areas of concern i youth ministry, for instance, the Sacrament of Confirmation, and wonder if we offer the Gifts of  the Holy Spirit to those who conform to our regulations or do we confirm wild-haired young disciples equipped to make commitments, to overcome fear, to deal transparently, to initiate, to plan a course?

D. Scott Miller

D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.


D. Scott Miller


D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.



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