Passing the Baton

baton_pass_987418361It is a season of leave taking and passing the baton to others in youth ministry.  It is a process, not unlike parenthood, in which we should always be actively engaged while assuring both our and the community’s readiness, In the first chapter on 2Timothy, in which we see Paul’s notes on succession planning:

> Be Grateful to God for the opportunities for us (3)
> Remember one another in prayer (3)
> Recall that others are a people of faith (5) 
> Encourage one another to stir into flame the gifts given by God (6)
> Insist that we are a people of power and love and self-control that will be tested by hardships (7-8)

Passing the baton takes practice to make sure that the effort goes off with out a hitch. Speed must be modified by both parties, there has to be a letting go as well as a successful grasping and clutching.

In your experience, what makes for the best sort of transition?

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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