Ministry Team Quotes: Discussion fodder for staff and volunteers



by Hank Hilliard

These quotes can open the door to deep reflection and discussion about the state of youth ministry at your church. Some of the quotes challenge us to move deeper in ministry. Some serve as encouragement and inspiration. Use the quotes to move your ministry team into deeper discussion about where you are and where you hope to go in ministry with students.


Big Group Sharing:

  1. What quote struck you most deeply? Why?
  2. What was something valuable you discovered in your alone/small group time?
  3. What now?  What is something you will take with you from this time together and apply to your ministry?  What can we take as a group?


Study after study in the field of youth development makes it clear that the single most important thing that can make a positive difference in the life of a young person is the presence of a caring adult. —Mark Yaconelli

If we take the yearnings of young people seriously, then we can admit to ourselves that youth aren’t interested in our answers (often given in response to questions they’re not asking). They’re not looking for safe activities. What they’re seeking is the companionship of adults who embody a different way of being. —Mark Yaconelli

It’s not what I think. It’s not what you think. It’s what I think you think about me. —Unknown

Those who are unhappy have no need for anything in this world but people capable of giving them their attention. The capacity to give one’s attention to a sufferer is a very rare and difficult thing; it is almost a miracle; it is a miracle. —Simone Weil, Waiting for God

Small acts of kindness are little blessings, balms that heal the many mean and belittling messages young people receive each day. —Mark Yaconelli

Youth look for the church to show them something. Someone, capable of turning their lives inside out and the world upside down. Most of the time we have offered them pizza. We are painfully aware that we have sold them short. —Kenda Creasy Dean, Ron Foster, The Godbearing Life

For pastors to burn without being consumed we need companionship for the journey, people who continue to stoke our faith with ever more challenging fuel. —Kenda Creasy Dean, Ron Foster, The Godbearing Life

It takes a greenhouse to nurture the souls of young people—a greenhouse formed by adults who want to know God. A young person’s faith is best tended by a variety of relationships within a Christian community. —Mark Yaconelli

Youth ministry used to be about forming relationships with teens so that they would come to your programs. Today, programs are not the end goal. Instead, programs serve as open doors for building relationships. —Hank Hilliard

The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have. —Norman Vincent Peale


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