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Tool #3. Contemplative Ministry . The real crisis facing those of us who seek to share faith with youth is this: We don't know how to be with our kids. We don't know how to be with ourselves. We don't know how to be with God." (Page 19). Part 1: Leading Team Meetings. The Meeting Process.

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Tool #3



The real crisis facing those of us who seek to share faith with youth is this:We don't know how to be with our kids.We don't know how to be with ourselves.We don't know how to be with God." (Page 19)

the meeting process
The Meeting Process

1. Ritual

2. Relating

3. Receiving

* Lectio Divina

* Awareness Examen

4. Ruminating

5. Reflecting

6. Responding

7. Returning

“Liturgy for Discernment”

some of the practices we use
Some of the Practices we use:
  • Guided Meditation
  • The Prayer of Jesus
  • Centering Prayer
  • Examen of Conscience
  • Lectio Divina
  • Spiritual Disciplines
  • Practising God’s Presence

"Changing the way we relate to young people isn't just a matter of developing new techniques or broadening our theology. It's about a different attitude of the heart. It's about being present to young people with a loving transparency. We're seeking to see teens with the eyes of Jesus, hear teens with the ears of Jesus, and perceive teens with the heart of Jesus." (p. 79)

being with young people
Being With Young People:
  • Seeing with the Eyes of Jesus
  • Hearing with the Ears of Jesus
  • Caring with the Heart of Jesus
  • Acting with the Hands of Jesus
  • Delighting with the Smile of Jesus
youth workers as spiritual directors
Youth Workers as Spiritual Directors:

1. Noticing

Helping youth become more aware of their experience of God.

2. Naming

Helping youth find language and theology for their experience of God.

3. Nurturing

Helping youth develop practises to deepen their relationship with God.

how to notice name and nurture
How to Notice, Name and Nurture:

1. Noticing

We Point

We Question

We Invite

We Create Circumstances

2. Naming

Who do you say I am?



Beyond Words

3. Nurturing

Action birthed in discernment


The purpose of integrating contemplative presence in youth ministry is not to turn kids into monks, nor is it to make us experts in contemplative prayer; it is to deepen our awareness of God, others, and self so that we might become fully alive... Activities in the youth ministry are no longer chosen frantically from resource books; instead the youth ministry becomes more responsive to the needs of the youth and the movement of the Holy Spirit. We begin to hold our programs lightly, realizing they can be changed or discarded if they impede God's desire for love. We trust God more, knowing the Holy Spirit will be faithful in -- and maybe even in spite of -- our programs. Discussions become engaging rather than alienating and prescriptive. Missions trips and social justice activities begin to spring from compassion instead of guilt." (pp. 230-31)