Art of Forming Young Disciples
- Art Of Forming Young Disciples: Why Youth Ministries Aren't Working and What to Do About It
Not long ago, veteran Youth Minister Everett Fritz counted the number of his former Youth Group members who were still practicing the Faith.
The result? Almost all of them had left the Faith!
Fritz learned that other parishes reported similar staggering losses, pointing to a grim truth: today’s Youth Ministries simply do not form young people into lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ.
Not satisfied with these dismal results, Fritz devised a different way of forming young people in the Faith. It’s an approach that can truly transform the spiritual lives of young people by applying the same one-to-one personal method that Jesus Himself used to form his twelve original disciples . . . only one of whom was lost!
Fritz has worked with countless parishes, helping them make the shift to a small-group discipleship structure. You’ll learn to avoid the many pitfalls and common mistakes parishes make, as well as ways you can easily build the volunteer base needed for a successful transition.
He will help you create a comfortable environment that leads young people to self-reflection, as well as the critical role parents and the parish community play in youth formation.
Finally, Fritz shares various resources that can help you accomplish your goal. But he warns: you’re not running a program that has been re-developed. Relationships and mentoring make disciples; programs do not.
If you’re troubled by the number of young people in your parish who leave the Faith year after year, then open these illuminating pages and learn the art of forming young disciples.
About the Author
Everett Fritz is a best-selling author and one of the most sought-after Catholic speakers in the country. Discussing the topics of discipleship, chastity, prayer and mentoring, Everett has been featured on FORMED, EWTN, Catholic Answers Live, YDisciple, xt3 (Australia) and in many dioceses, parishes, and schools around the country. In 2016, Everett founded St. Andrew Missionaries an organization dedicated to training and equipping the Catholic Church and families in the discipleship of young people. He holds an MA in Theology with concentrations in Catechesis and Evangelization from the Augustine Institute as well as a BA in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He has been serving the Church in youth ministry for over a decade.
Dimensions & Specifications
- Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 128