Youth Ministry: On Talk Giving

Sep 16, 2013 | [post_view] Views

Ate Icaa, one of the Youth-Leaders of Sanctuario Eucaristico Youth Ministry has developed a 30-minute-orientation talk about the identity of their Youth Organization within their respective Parish Church, Santuario Eucaristico – Sacred Heart Parish, Cagayan de Oro City.

Formats of talk-giving varies according to the needs of the group who will undertake it. It is always good to design a talk fitted not only to feed youth members’  interests but also to respond to their present needs. Groups, such as teams and organizations, have varied needs. By making an inquiry prior to the talk-giving, you would identify what are the things that really needs some ‘working-out.’ From those needs, a simple ‘talk’ could be developed.

Members of any youth ministry organizations are aflame by new knowledge and skills that they could learn from the activities that they do in their organization as they use them in their daily lives. Every organization is bounded by its mission and vision. This ‘vision and mission’ becomes the identity of the group. From this line of thought, as youth-leader, you could shape the topics that you need to discuss; and from its guidelines, members could respond to activities and projects that reflect your youth organization.

An organization is like a school to some members which advances their knowledge in their chosen field of interest. Here, they took the opportunity to socialize and to express themselves to others. Aside from values formation, the love for doing mission and serving others are developed within the organization. There are always newly recruit members who are entering the circle since most youth organizations are hands-on, and more, they are run by youths themselves wherein unity is achieved through diversity of its leaders and members.

To keep any youth ministry organization abreast with the current trends, inviting good resource persons as speakers from their respected fields to facilitate the continuous growth and well-being of the organization’s members would always be a good choice. It could be an easy way to patched things up concerning what inputs should be given to feed the interests of members; but in reality, not all youth organizations can afford this way all the time. Professional fees could be soaring nowadays. Budget could be tight for many youth organizations which consist mostly of young aged teens which are still, mostly, dependent to their parents; and maybe, also dependent to the institution where their organization is under.

Hence, to develop good speakers among the group, as a youth ministry, is an ideal result of empowering not only the youth-leaders but also the entire youth-members to answer this dire need. I believe, in every youth organization, there would always be potential speakers that will stand-out to accept the challenge to lead, especially, when there’s a need to share their talents, skills and their unbiased learning from their personal readings and experiences. Everyone could do a research, but not all could organize and present it to others that’s why we need to enhance potential-speakers with useful techniques to bridge the gap between learning and mentoring through peer-teaching.

“I am hoping that all the insights that I would share here would help you a lot in shaping your youth organization. You, as a youth-leader or youth-member are destined to fulfill your full-potential as a person– and that is by sharing totally yourself to others. Talk-giving is a gift coming from God that needs to be enhanced. If you belong to a Christian organization, constant prayer and reading the Bible would deepen your knowledge and relationship with God… that is what you are sharing– your experiences along your journey.”

In this perspective of youth ministry, it is the youth themselves who are the youth ministers. (Br. Dennis Marquez, SSS)