Dear Parents of High School Teens:

After doing years of large group youth ministry, I have found myself dissatisfied by its results.  Large group ministry has its positives, but I found that what it was lacking was too great to ignore. While it can draw large numbers, teens can easily fall through the cracks, they have little personal accountability to attend regularly, and it rarely meets the needs of every teen in attendance.

This is where YDisciple comes in and changes the game. It’s a small group ministry that has a great deal to offer, which is why we will be implementing it this fall for high school students who wish to stay involved during and after confirmation preparation. Keep reading below for more information and why it can be so effective in meeting the needs of teens today.

Maggie Peiffer
Youth Minister
dbq058ym2@dbqarch.org
(563) 556-7511

Click here to register for YDisciple.

1. What are the needs of teens today?

  1. THE NEED TO BE UNDERSTOOD
  2. THE NEED TO BELONG
  3. THE NEED TO BE TRANSPARENT
  4. THE NEED TO ENGAGE IN CRITICAL THINKING AROUND FAITH AND LIFE
  5. THE NEED FOR GUIDANCE

Who is going to meet these needs? The fact is, these needs will be met by something in a teenager’s life. Whether it is their friends, sports, music, media, or other more destructive outlets. The Church is battling with a culture that is offering counterfeits to our young people because it is ultimately unable to meet these fundamental needs. Good news! The experts at the Augustine Institute have spent the last few years developing a revolutionary Youth Ministry resource that is designed specifically to meet THE FIVE NEEDS.
Info from: YDisciple Brochure

 

2. How does YDisciple meet these needs?

YDisciple is built upon 3 Core Principles that contribute to its effectiveness at meeting THE 5 NEEDS.

  • RELATIONAL: YDisciple draws teenagers out of a crowd into a small group where they are known and cared for.
  • RELEVANT: YDisciple peaks teenagers’ interest with thought-provoking videos and well-crafted discussion questions.
  • PARENT DRIVEN: YDisciple empowers parents to take initiative in meeting the primary needs of their teenagers.
    Info from: YDisciple Brochure

 

3. How is YDisciple Structured?

  • SMALL GROUPS: YDisciple leverages the power of small groups of 5-8 teens with two adult mentors.
  • SHORT VIDEOS: These groups meet every week to experience and discuss the revolutionary YDisciple video curriculum comprised in 3-5 minute video clips from some of the best youth ministers and speakers in the nation.
  • CRITICAL THINKING: These brief yet powerful video clips invite the teens to think critically about important matters of personal and spiritual development.
  • DEEPER CONVERSATIONS: These discussions are guided and deepened by an adult volunteer utilizing printed resources strategically crafted to lead teens in fruitful self-reflection and faith sharing.
    Info from: YDisciple Brochure

 

4. Why are small groups important?

Pope Francis states that young people are searching for deep spirituality and belonging but often fail to find responses to their concerns, needs, problems, and hurts in the usual structures. He calls adults to listen patiently to young people, appreciate their concerns, and speak to them in a language they understand (Evangelii Gaudium 105). It is impossible for a single youth minister to effectively reach all the needs of the hundreds of teens in his or her parish boundary. Jesus focused on a small group. Making disciples is very relational and time intensive. There needs to be a strong level of trust, communication, and support in order to create the environment for discipleship. In a small group a teen can feel known, loved, and cared for. A level of confidentiality can be achieved which gives teens the freedom to open up about their struggles and doubts. In a small group there is the greater possibility to catch the things that teens don’t understand and have a discussion. In addition, the small group allows the leader to know their disciples well and thus be able to customize the topics of discussion that best reach those teens.
Info from:  YDisciple FAQs

Click here to register for YDisciple.