Watch Your Language

2034562Michael Marchand on CatholicStudentMinistry.com recently posted about three words youth ministers need to stop using because the words we use define our ministry, our vision, and our viewpoint.

He suggests that we put the ix-nay on “kids, group, and class.”

Meanwhile, what are the words that we should find ourselves using in definition of our ministry and vision. I would suggest these there…

> Jesus (or Christ, the Lord or even God- but that seems less specific unless used in constant rotation with the others) – Not to get all Hallmark-y with you, but He is the “reason for the season,” all the seasons.
> The Church – How can we be serious about inviting / encouraging the next generation into ownership and responsibility for something that we rarely are willing to mention?
> Discipleship – We have got to be clear about the nature of the relationship that we are seeking with Jesus and within our Church… and it is a relationship or friendship which we are discussing here… a relationship which we are to value as the highest honor if we are allowed to participate in fostering, even over the esteem that we might receive in being in relationship with others.

What words would you add to Michael’s list of words to stop using or the above list of words to consider using more often?

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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