If you’re planning for confirmation or any new program this year, chances are good (if you’re anything like me) that you’ve been working so hard on all the prep that it may have slipped your notice that the parents, participants, and congregation don’t know anything about it. Oh, they may know that it’s happening, and they may know they’re expected to participate. But getting their buy-in takes more than announcements and posters. What you don’t want to have happen is to be ready to launch and have lots of confused faces looking at you saying, in one way or another, “What is this program?
I’ve had this in my blog file for a while as a topic to explore, and the truth is, I don’t have a good answer. I’m not sure I even have much in the way of suggestions for how to get at this. But as far as I’m concerned it’s one of the most frustrating parts of ministry: when you work hard to prepare programs that people ask for that they then don't attend.
Like when someone comes to you and says, “We really need a Bible study!” And you say OK, and you prepare and you announce and you invite, and two people come, neither of whom is the person who suggested it.
I’m prepping for an interview with Rachel Held Evans by re-reading her first book Evolving in Monkey Town, now called Faith Unraveled, subtitled “How A Girl Who Knew All The Answers Learned To Ask The Questions” – and if you think that sounds like something we at Confirm not Conform would love, you would be right.
Last week, in our interview with Andrea Foote on the summer camp experience, I ended by asking how to support campers when they come home from camp. Andrea started her answer by saying something very interesting and very important: “Leaving camp can be hard.”
I'm grateful to have the insights today of Andrea Foote, Camp Director and Volunteer Coordinator at The Bishop's Ranch camp and conference center in Healdsburg, CA, and a former youth group member of mine. Andrea "counts her lucky stars" to have stumbled into the camp world, first as a camper, then counselor and now in her current role as Camp Director.
It’s high school graduation season. Last night I heard the PA blaring from our local high school as cheers went up from the crowd. I said a little prayer and then went back to watering the tomatoes.
A couple of weeks ago, I watched a conversation unfold among a group of Christian educators that revealed a surprising attitude that I think many of us still hold deep in our hearts. It started when one of them asked what seemed at first glance like a pretty straightforward question: “At what age or grade do you confirm your youth?”
Last week, I shared some things I’ve learned about soliciting feedback from your program participants – and non-participants. This week, I wanted to talk about some of the hard work of doing a self-evaluation.
As the end of the program year draws near, I know that there’s still lots on your to do list -- graduation celebrations, thanking volunteers, maybe an iConfirm service. But if it isn’t already on there, please add one very important task to your list: evaluating your spiritual formation program.
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