May the peace of Christ be with you.
Throughout 2015, we have been posting a (near) weekly series of Catholic youth ministry hyperlinks for you is provided just In Case You Missed It.
In no particular order, here are mu choices for the most important links we provided this past year.
- The Holy Father continues to nurture his own relationship with the Church’s young people and returned to a familiar theme: go on stirring things up [literally, making a mess]. Thirdly, help to organize the mess that you make so that it does not destroy anything.
- The Pope spoke to Portugal’s bishops about Confirmation. Here is an additional Catholic News Service article regarding “a large number of adolescents and young people who abandon practicing the Christian faith after the sacrament of confirmation.”
- When you are doing youth ministry, do you image yourself as a hero or as a guide? Don Miller has some advice suggesting you avoid the mistake that Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, and John McCain, or John Kerry have made in previous political campaigns.
- Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson identified a “tipping point” for the KofC and, looking towards the future looked towards parishes, families, and youth ministry. ProjectYM’er Scott Dougherty feels this is important stuff to know and I agree. Anderson stated Today, the Knights of Columbus is providentially positioned to play a key role in the new alliance between the Church and the family called for by Pope Francis. But for us to do so requires that we adopt new methods. Read the text and/or Watch the Video.
- I have been told previously that I too often post bad news – something that I long ago resolved to avoid. And, yet, our pictures accompanying this post remind us that we do occasionally observe some rather grim news: Christian Smith reports that one-half of youth who self-identified as Catholic as teenagers no longer identified as Catholics 10 years later in their 20s.That is a 50 percent loss through attrition in one decade.
- Adam McLane shares information about the most difficult place in America to share the Gospel. It is closer than you think.
- There a shift away from dogma as the center of church life to pastoral care notes America Magazine. While commenting that this has a lot to do with Pope Francis’ personal pastoral style, they outline how the shift precedes him as well.
- So many of us in youth ministry work with suburban kids. Do we invite them to consider how privileged they are (or do we just deal with their own – and maybe their parents’ – sense of entitlement?
- A thoughtful critique of the youth ministry industrial complex and why a paradigm shift is needed towards serving with and alongside parents.
- Forbes recently released a listing of meaningful careers… And, yup, youth ministry tied atop the list. An analysis.
BONUS: Of course, this all is an effort to curate the internet for you, the youth minister. Here’s why you should Seek and Share with others.