Youth Ministry’s Kodak Moment

The phrase “It’s a Kodak Moment” was used to describe a moment where you wanted to take a picture (using Kodak film, of course) to capture the image of a momentous event… No longer.

Kodak recently declared bankruptcy. It was once one of the most trusted brands for consumers, having held a market share in excess of 90 percent. Yet, Kodak mistook America’s century-long love affair with its products as a sign of market permanency and, therefore, missed the fact that camera phones, flip cameras and online sharing would erode its brand and render it irrelevant.

Are there elements of youth ministry that we have held in an overly long love affair, stuff which elicits our emotional tug like  ninja turtles?

Meanwhile, is there stuff which is eroding our brand and quickly rendering us irrelevant.  The “Kodak moment” reference might be out of date, but let’s be sure that our profession is not.

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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