Why Include Young People?

questionman Mark Yaconelli had a great insight into the value of including young people into our work.  He recently was consulting in a faith community and asked a young person why he thought it was help in to incorporate youth participation…

“Well, many of the meetings are about money and budgets and policies.  I don’t understand most of what is being talked about, so I ask a lot of questions.  When the meetings end there are always three or four guys who pull me aside and confess they didn’t understand what was being discussed and were glad I asked questions.”

When asked why the adult member don’t ask questions, the  young man responded, “They’re afraid.  They don’t want to look stupid.  I’m a kid, so no one thinks bad of me for asking questions.  It’s funny, because the session leader will say something and I know that no one knows what he’s talking about, but everyone will just stay quiet or they’ll all look at me and hope that I’ll say something.  Eventually, I’ll just raise my hand and say, ‘I’m sorry, but I don’t know what you’re talking about.  Can you explain that better?’ It’s like this game we play, where I’m the only one allowed to admit that I don’t know things.”

Seems like a good enough reason to me. <image source>

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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