Let’s start by saying what is it not…
Trailblazing is not a quick-fix youth ministry resource, or a bunch of good program activities you can do with youth. (though it contains many excellent suggestions and ideas to implement with youth in your context).
Trailblazing is not a ‘go on-line and grab a good idea for next week’s gathering’ or a ‘find some ready-made plans for the confirmation weekend’. (but after you’ve started it, your confirmation classes will never be the same!)
Trailblazing is a journey we’d like to invite you on.
It will take some time and effort on your part, but if you’re serious about good youth ministry, we think the journey will be worth it. There are a lot of people all over Canada on this journey with you. You’ll meet many of them along the way in the Forums and probably chat and share ideas and learning with them.
Trailblazing is an online learning program to equip YOU as a youth leader with solid theological grounding for all aspects of your ministry.
It’s a series of learning modules or ‘trails’ for you to follow through readings, videos, music, reflections and discussions. Whether you have theological training or not, Trailblazing will teach you how to apply theology that is both reflective and practical to your ministry.
Trailblazing is an incredible tool for individuals or groups!
You can take part in the program as an individual and participate actively in the online forums. This about more than reading through the notes and seeing what you can absorb on your own. In youth ministry, as in many other places, learning together causes us to push ourselves, to wrestle with ideas in different ways, and discover new insights we might not have reached on our own. In the forums you will have the assistance of a Learning Support person who will offer comments, feedback and share reflections with you. (meet her in the “Trailguides” link)
You might choose to gather more formally with a group of people (perhaps one evening per week, or for a weekend training event) in your area. Together, you’ll deepen the learning experience through face-to-face shared conversation and reflection.
Your parish or diocese might even consider hiring one of the course instructors to facilitate an in-person workshop on a topic that’s important to your context.
Or if you want other ideas on how to make this learning resource work best in your context, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org – we are available for conversation and to share stories of how people across the country are creatively using Trailblazing to equip youth leaders.