The Important of Process
About this articleThis provide a simple guide to having service experinces make a greater impact within the hearts of teens.
Because of the heavy emotion, I asked for the high school students who agreed to minister to meet with me in my office. I thought it would be important to meet with them to prepare them emotionally for what they might see. They then confidently and gently ministered. As I saw them minister, I was curious as to what they were thinking. After the liturgy, I asked them to return to my office. When they I had assembled, I asked what have become my favorite questions in ministry: Where was your cross? Where was your resurrection? I was overwhelmed as these young people spoke of their love of their families, their questions about death and their gratitude for their faith. I was so thankful I didn't just let them go after the funeral.
After that night, I never did another event without first meeting with the young people to prepare them and then pose those two simple questions to them. Whether we decorated for a dance or served food to the homeless, led a small group or picked up trash, the young people were prepared, they served and then they reflected. The result was people who not only served, but were changed.
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Published August 15, 2003.