This is a guest post by Holly Monnier from St. Peter Catholic Church in Columbus, OH.
This past Sunday we trained three of our teens to be leaders for our youth ministry. Our leadership team is called “F.I.A.T.” Which stands for Faith In Action Team. I cannot take the credit for this awesome name but another youth minister gave me permission to use it. I have often struggled with how to train our teen leaders and what to do with them throughout the year. Is it peer ministry? Is it just planning events? I asked for the advice of other youth ministers and what they do.
And this what I came up with for the training.
We started with Adoration and Confession so that as leaders we could refocus ourselves on why we were called to this greater service. We cannot give others what we do not have! So a relationship with Jesus Christ and prayer is the most important part of being a leader!
The next thing we focused on is what our gifts are. I used a resource called “Uniquely Yours” which is a spiritual gift discernment tool. It’s a 100 questions and I truly felt it gave us all insight on what our different gifts are as a Christian! This is important when you are working together in a group to know not only your gifts but your peers’ gifts as well.
(Editor’s note: You can contact [email protected] if you would like to purchase a copy of this Spititual Gifts Inventory, we also recommend contacting Sherry Weddell at the St. Catherine of Sienna Institute regarding the “Called and Gifted” program for spiritual gifts assessment)
After we had this period of prayer, discernment and discussion. I utilized three awesome TED clips which focused on leadership.
How to start a movement
How Great Leaders Inspire Action
What I loved about these clips is they really helped us to delve deeper into the meaning of not only leadership but Christian leadership.
Probably, my most favorite clip is “How to start a movement.” Basically, it starts with the speaker showing a clip of a man dancing crazily at a concert and slowly how people start joining in. In our faith in started with Jesus, who then called the early disciples and then it developed into something bigger, our Church. A movement. It just started with a few, in some ways unqualified men and women. Who at times failed and didn’t always see the big picture! It’s more than planning events, it’s getting young men and women to see the mission of the Church and to evangelize that mission and vision to their peers. I was at first extremely discouraged by the numbers, why didn’t more teens sign up, am I wasting their time? But these three have committed to starting a bigger movement in our youth ministry this year. Don’t focus on the planning or the numbers. Focus on creating disciples makers (this terminology comes from Jim Beckman).
Hi there! My name is Holly Monnier, I am the Youth Ministry Coordinator at St. Peter! A little bit about myself: I grew up in Lima, Ohio, and I have 4 older brothers! My family still runs a garden center in Lima. I’ve attended Catholic schooling my whole life (St. Charles Elementary and Lima Central Catholic High School) and graduated from the University of Dayton in 2008 with a B.A. in Religious Studies. My dream job, since my junior year of high school, was to become a youth minister! And so it was, I’ve been working in youth ministry since my graduation from college, it is truly one of my greatest passions in life. I love my faith and I love working with teens! I was married to my husband Rick in 2011, he also enjoys volunteering in youth ministry. We have two beautiful, energetic daughters – Adele (3) and Hannah (1). We live in Upper Arlington and are Parishioners at St. Peter. I enjoy bike rides, ice cream and using exclamation points!!!!! Please know my “office” door is always open, you can contact me at: [email protected]