Trust Walk

So, in starting the new job, there was  a two week transition period before I was off  and out on a 42-hour Confirmation retreat. I inherited it all: the program, the team, the kids, the contracted site, the time-frame.. everything.

So halfway  through, I find myself on a trust walk… Something I have not participated in years… errr,  decades… ummm, the previous millennium.  I had some concerns going into it, but I was totally along for the ride on the whole weekend, so I donned the blindfold, posed for a goofy picture, and off we went.

IMG_2628I had already  walked  my partner around.  In the midst of the  process, there  was a set of faith questions to ask.  The “intimacy” of trust in blindly being walked by another was quickly recalled and led to openness.  Now, it was my turn. I determined to  try a few things…  I wanted to TRY to maintain a normal gait.  I WANTED to try and trust the  directions of someone a quarter of my age who was also quite directionally challenge (my left, her  right). I WANTED TO TRY to be open to the moment.

And, it became, quickly, a metaphor for my new ministry in which I want to try to

  • Trust in young people.  The Spirit is  there in them and with them.  They have chosen to be there. They are spiritual and are not disinclined to consider religious, they just might not understand it. They have the capacity to go deeper if only they are invited to do so.
  • Trust in the adults and peer ministers.  They were there  with these young people before I dropped into the scene from the sky.   There have already walked with them and knew them by name.  Who was I to  get in the way  of any of that?  My job was love, encouragement, and support and to serve where  needed and invited
  • Trust in me.  But, hey, this is certainly not my first time at the rodeo.  I have some knowledge and skills that I can contribute as well.   Earlier  in the morning of  the trust walk, I pulled out a methodology that I hadn’t used  in eight years and, even then, it was the only time I had ever done it – – I led singing as interludes between portions of  morning presentation. If we are going to truly challenge young people, we must challenge ourselves “outside our boxes” as well.

and, of course

  • Trust in the Lord.  It was a long path leading up to the moment of the trust walk… but  it had already been a long sojourn getting there and I firmly believe the faithful voice of the Good Shepherd was gently and patiently guiding me to greener pastures.  Proverbs reminds us to Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely; In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths.

Will the trust walk find its way into a future confirmation retreat?  The jury of the planning team has yet to pass verdict on this yet.  Will I continue to trust walk alongside the Lord? I WANT TO TRY.

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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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