It seems to be a common theme that young Catholics who are into their faith start to somehow or other get into youth ministry during their university years. I have many friends who are alive and kicking in this ministry and I think it’s awesome that they’re willing to give up much-needed study time to build relationships with the youth in their Parishes.
I was having a look at some Catholic Youth Ministry blogs the other day and I came across this particular blog that I really liked. It’s called 10 things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Became a Youth Minister I would highly recommend anyone to read it, whether you’re already a youth minister or thinking about it, it was quite a good read! My favourite from this blog was number 3 “It’s not what you know, it’s how you live” I think this is most important as some people avoid taking on a youth group as they think they’re not theologically equipped to lead an intense catechetical session. But in my opinion as long as you are trying your hardest to grow in your knowledge and always seeking spiritual growth then the Lord will work through you and help you lead your youth group.
There are so many times in my life when I have felt inadequate standing in front of youth giving a talk on a certain faith aspects, but somehow the Holy Spirit seems to always be with me and fill my mind with the knowledge I actually do have that was lying there in my brain just waiting to be shared. But this definitely stems from how we live our lives, if you’re living a life not quite in line with the Church’s teachings, the Lord will still use you to minister to your youth, but for the sake of your own soul, it’s so much better to be believing and living out what you’re teaching. Being a youth minister is more than just turning up to your youth group once a week, it’s truly is a lifestyle we must embrace and be proud of 24-7. I know I’m not perfect, but I’m trying my hardest and I hope at the end of my life I can come face to face with Jesus and just like in Matthew 25:21 in the parable of the talents He will tell me
Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few
things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your
Woman at the Well