One Big Chessboard

On youthworker.com, Brenda Seefeldt campaigns for a change in the role of youth ministry… The money quote:

chessbrdYour role in this is crucial. Typically, a youth minister’s role is to lead all things youth ministry, which he or she does passionately because of his or her love for teens. May I suggest redefining your role? Instead of being the center of the teen relationships or developing volunteer staff to form relationship with teens, you become the go-between of the teen relationships with everyone in the church family. You become this great chess master. You have one big chessboard with the prize being the faith and formation of teens.

In this role, you are moving all the pieces of the church family to interact with the teens. Every person from the widows to the nursery workers can be players in the youths’ extended family.

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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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