Author Topic: TheArt of Forming Young Disciples: Why Youth Ministries Aren't Working  (Read 988 times)

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Not entirely traditional Catholic, but Catholic Exchange just sent this into my inbox & I thought of sharing it here ... thought this might be a good book for those working with youths, but it's one great to throw at Novus Ordo Catholics ...  ::)

"Not long ago, veteran Youth Minister Everett Fritz counted the number of his former Youth Group members who were still practicing the Faith.

The result? Almost all of them had left the Faith!

Fritz learned that other parishes reported similar staggering losses, pointing to a grim truth: todayís Youth Ministries simply do not form young people into lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ.

Not satisfied with these dismal results, Fritz devised a different way of forming young people in the Faith. Itís an approach that can truly transform the spiritual lives of young people by applying the same one-to-one personal method that Jesus Himself used to form his twelve original disciples . . . only one of whom was lost!

Fritz has worked with countless parishes, helping them make the shift to a small-group discipleship structure. Youíll learn to avoid the many pitfalls and common mistakes parishes make, as well as ways you can easily build the volunteer base needed for a successful transition.

He will help you create a comfortable environment that leads young people into self-reflection, as well as the critical role parents and the parish community play in youth formation.

Finally, Fritz shares various resources that can help you accomplish your goal. But he warns: youíre not running a program that has been pre-developed. Relationships and mentoring make disciples; programs do not.

If youíre troubled by the number of young people in your parish who leave the Faith year after year, then open these illuminating pages and learn the art of forming young disciples."

TL; DR: An irritating life-long guidance that lasts usque ad mortem works. :P

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Would be interesting to see what the small group discipleship structure looked like... My wife always hated youth group growing up because it was so huge and she has social anxiety..
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