Snapshot from an EYM Church

With no budget for a paid youth director, and no expectation of hiring one, the YOUNG PEOPLE at St. Michael’s Parish in Albion Nebraska decided,  “now is the acceptable time” for a thriving youth ministry and their parents, adult volunteers and priest followed. Could the genius of this ministry be the parish’s ability to accept and encourage student leadership?  Perhaps…the young people revitalized this ministry and the current activities need the initiative of students.

Could the genius of this ministry be in the longevity and sense of call of its youth coordinator? Perhaps . . .The Youth Coordinator and his all volunteer team has been working with young people in this parish for more than 15 years keeping the vision of a thriving youth ministry alive through the lean times.

Could the genius of this youth ministry be in the support it gets from families and parents? Perhaps . . . this is a community  which strongly values family life. Could the genius of this youth ministry be in its interlocking practices?  Perhaps . . . all the components serve to draw and keep young people flowing through relationships that give them opportunities to study and serve.

The genius here could be each of these as well as the interwoven sum of them all that serve to create a culture of ministry in which young people are allowed, even needed to be the church of today.  There is no waiting for someone who can come and do it better, no waiting for the young people to become adults before they take on significant roles in the life of this parish.

“See, now is the acceptable time; see now is the day of salvation!  We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way so that no fault may be found with our ministry.”  2 Corinthians 6:2-3.

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