Powerful and Respected

powerfulI’m been sorting and packing and I came across this old (slightly edited) cartoon that I thought might make a reflective comment before we wrap up.

For those not of the Doonesbury generation, this (at least) nine year old scene features two characters-  Zonker is the perennial hippie / slacker who never seemed to grow beyond the 60’s / 70’s.  He is presently crashing with some old college chums, BD and Boopsie, who married and are dealing with their own evolving circumstances, which includes their daughter, Sam. Zonker is earning his keep by being a child care provider for the kid – the job title punch line in the fourth panel that was slightly edited.

Far too often, as youth ministers, we have dreams of becoming a powerful, respected leader in our field…  Taking the stage at a Franciscan or NCYC conference, writing the game-changer book, getting the recognition award that you are deserving, being surrounded by adoring young people who laugh at all our puns.

Powerful is when you share the stage with another bringing them to the fullness of their ministry. Power is listening to others and building off their ideas and visions. Respect is setting the table for others to shine. Respect is offering praise and encouragement.

These are the dreams of disciples and I need a dream like that.

Take care not to perform righteous deeds
in order that people may see them;

otherwise, you will have no recompense
from your heavenly Father.

Matthew 6:1

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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