In this Church there are no strangers and no outcasts. There are only brothers and sisters.- Bishop Gerald Causse
It’s not unusual to have problems with unity in the youth programs of the Church, but how do you know if you need to work on unity? Check to see if you experience any of these warning signs.
You Have Less-Active Youth
This is probably the biggest problem that my ward has with unity and it’s not one that someone would think of, at first. If you have youth who are struggling with their Sunday attendance, unity could be part of the problem. To know some things you can do about it, check out my post 3 Things Youth Leaders Should Know About Working with Less-Active Youth.
Your Youth Separate into Cliques During Activities
This is a hard one. If your youth are splitting in to the same social groups week after week and you’re having trouble getting them to disengage to participate in the activity, you definitely have a problem.
The best way to get the youth away from their cliques and interacting as a group is to hold youth-led activities. To get started, check out my post The Beginner’s Guide to Planning Youth Activities.
You’re Having Trouble Getting Along
Whether it’s your youth or your presidency, this can put a lot of stress and strain on everyone. People are causing each other pain and having trouble forgiving one another. Even worse, sometimes we see the person who harmed us as the thing they did, rather than as a person. This is the most difficult of all problems of unity to solve. The best part is that unity always starts with what we do and how we act, which gives us some control when it comes to change. To learn more about how to get past conflicts, check out my post 3 Truths That Lead to Unity.
If you’d like to read more about unity, and what you can do about it, you can also read my post 5 Ways to Create Unity in Your Young Women Class.
What warning signs of a lack of unity would you add to my list? What successes have you had in helping your youth and leaders to be more unified?