How Do You Add A New Program?

How Do You Add A New Program?


Programs in Youth Ministry are a very common platform for providing fellowship, formation and overall growth in young people. Whether it’s a large group, discipleship group, or monthly small group they all have their place under the umbrella of ministry. Here are some tips for adding a new program and being successful with it.

Is it the right program?

I know this sounds like a ridiculous question, but it is one that is not asked enough. Consider the following: What is your method for discerning that the new program is the right one? Have parents asked for this? Have students asked for it? KEEP READING

Confirmation Prep After the Holidays

Confirmation Prep After the Holidays

Well, the first semester of Confirmation Preparation is over and the teens are getting ready to return from their long holiday break. What should youth ministers accomplish in the second semester to ensure all of the teens are ready to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation? Here are some guidelines to ensure that this semester is the best semester ever for the teens preparing for Confirmation.

Engage the teens through relational ministry to kick off the new semester

Remember, it has been a while, in some cases over a month, since the teens have gathered for Confirmation preparation classes. They have possibly not seen their friends in class since before the holidays. KEEP READING

Our Young People are Living Tabernacles

Our Young People are Living Tabernacles

It never ceases to amaze me how much we have to learn from the young people we are supposed to teach. Their moments of awe become our moments of “wow”! Their hurts tug at our hearts. When we walk along side them, and allow them to make an experience their own, we have the honor of seeing things through their young, passionate eyes. This is God working where and how He really needs to.

As a Youth Minister, I’ve learned and seen what Christ meant when He said, “become like little children”. He wants us to see God through innocent, hope-filled, awestruck eyes. KEEP READING

The Pope Speaks to Young People

The Pope Speaks to Young People

The Pope speaks to young people – all the time! Papa Francisco continues the traditions of his predecessors and makes a point of communicating regularly to young people. We in Catholic Youth Ministry should make it a continued practice, or tradition, to make sure to transmit the words of the Holy Father to our own local young people. These can be via our teachings as well as our websites, e-newsletters, and Sunday bulletins.

So, what has Pope Francis been saying to us lately? 

WORLD YOUTH DAY

These events are often considered as the mega-youth gathering that the church assembles every few years. KEEP READING

Mentoring – The Future of Our Church Depends on it

Mentoring – The Future of Our Church Depends on it

At World Youth Day in Rio Pope Francis said, “The best instrument to evangelize young people is other young people.” If the same logic is followed than the best instrument to bring forth youth ministers for God’s Church is other youth ministers. The reality is that there are not enough people who are answering the call to serve as professionals or volunteers in the Catholic Church today.

Could professional youth ministers investing more deeply in mentoring relationships now, bring forth a fruitful harvest for the next generation? I know that I am sitting in my Youth Ministry Office today because I was first mentored by my high school youth minister, 20 years ago. KEEP READING

Happy Advent!

We want to help
your ministry thrive.

How to Achieve a Minimalist and Christ-Centered Christmas

How to Achieve a Minimalist and Christ-Centered Christmas

Perhaps it was the look of disappointment from my daughter when she didn’t find any more presents under the tree with her name. Or maybe it was me sprinting outside to put up the “Keep Christ in Christmas” sign while I grabbed the four Amazon packages sitting at my...

Revering the “Mystery” in Youth Ministry

Revering the “Mystery” in Youth Ministry

“And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” – Luke 2:19  As youth and young adult ministers, we spend a lot of time trying to teach, guide, and positively influence others.  We may sometimes feel very confident in this role, as we see in some of...

What Are Your Advent Traditions?

What Are Your Advent Traditions?

Traditions. Every family has them. Even our Church has Traditions/traditions. While gathering my thoughts for this Advent reflection, I did some thinking on what had been traditions for Advent in my family as I was growing up. I don’t think I ever heard the term...

Why is Joseph an Important Part of the Story?

Why is Joseph an Important Part of the Story?

It’s so easy to get swept up in the Advent season to get excited about Mary and Elizabeth and John the Baptist and on and on and on. There are so many giants of our faith in Advent that it’s easy to glance over Joseph. He is huge figure in the life of Jesus and an...

Where’s Home For The Holidays?

Where’s Home For The Holidays?

We’ve heard the familiar phrases: “Home for the holidays” and “Home is where the heart is.” But for teens of divorce, those common phrases may bring up feelings of anxiety and confusion. If you haven’t experienced divorce yourself the easiest way to relate is to think...

It’s OK to Say No

It’s OK to Say No

Feelin over-scheduled? Stretched too thin? Trying to be in too many places at the same time? We’ve found the answer –––– JUST SAY NO! It’s Ministry. It’s our Passion. It’s our Faith. It’s our Vocation. It’s the right thing to do. It’s rewarding. It’s frustrating. It’s...

Are You Comfortable in Your Role Yet?

Are You Comfortable in Your Role Yet?

The fall is quickly coming to an end and you might find yourself reflecting on this wild, new role as youth minister. Questions such as, “Am I doing a good job?” might be circling your brain. This is always a great opportunity to ponder on how you are doing in this...

5 Ways to Pay it Forward During Advent

5 Ways to Pay it Forward During Advent

Advent is a time of slowing down and reflecting on God’s gift to the world in his son, Jesus. While this is a great time to introduce your teens to some more contemplative prayer, it can also be a time to take that grace from contemplation and put it into action. Here...

Surviving The Holidays With Your Coworkers

Surviving The Holidays With Your Coworkers

Working in ministry has a lot of perks. One of the greatest perk for me has been to be able to be a part of people’s lives during the holidays. Whether it is Advent, Christmas, Easter or other Church holidays, as a minister, we were able to be a part of how a person...

ProjectYM
ProjectYM

We want to help your ministry thrive.

How Do You Add A New Program?

How Do You Add A New Program?


Programs in Youth Ministry are a very common platform for providing fellowship, formation and overall growth in young people. Whether it’s a large group, discipleship group, or monthly small group they all have their place under the umbrella of ministry. Here are some tips for adding a new program and being successful with it.

Is it the right program?

I know this sounds like a ridiculous question, but it is one that is not asked enough. Consider the following: What is your method for discerning that the new program is the right one? Have parents asked for this? Have students asked for it? KEEP READING

Confirmation Prep After the Holidays

Confirmation Prep After the Holidays

Well, the first semester of Confirmation Preparation is over and the teens are getting ready to return from their long holiday break. What should youth ministers accomplish in the second semester to ensure all of the teens are ready to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation? Here are some guidelines to ensure that this semester is the best semester ever for the teens preparing for Confirmation.

Engage the teens through relational ministry to kick off the new semester

Remember, it has been a while, in some cases over a month, since the teens have gathered for Confirmation preparation classes. They have possibly not seen their friends in class since before the holidays. KEEP READING

Our Young People are Living Tabernacles

Our Young People are Living Tabernacles

It never ceases to amaze me how much we have to learn from the young people we are supposed to teach. Their moments of awe become our moments of “wow”! Their hurts tug at our hearts. When we walk along side them, and allow them to make an experience their own, we have the honor of seeing things through their young, passionate eyes. This is God working where and how He really needs to.

As a Youth Minister, I’ve learned and seen what Christ meant when He said, “become like little children”. He wants us to see God through innocent, hope-filled, awestruck eyes. KEEP READING

The Pope Speaks to Young People

The Pope Speaks to Young People

The Pope speaks to young people - all the time! Papa Francisco continues the traditions of his predecessors and makes a point of communicating regularly to young people. We in Catholic Youth Ministry should make it a continued practice, or tradition, to make sure to...

Mentoring – The Future of Our Church Depends on it

Mentoring – The Future of Our Church Depends on it

At World Youth Day in Rio Pope Francis said, “The best instrument to evangelize young people is other young people.” If the same logic is followed than the best instrument to bring forth youth ministers for God’s Church is other youth ministers. The reality is that...

How to Achieve a Minimalist and Christ-Centered Christmas

How to Achieve a Minimalist and Christ-Centered Christmas

Perhaps it was the look of disappointment from my daughter when she didn’t find any more presents under the tree with her name. Or maybe it was me sprinting outside to put up the “Keep Christ in Christmas” sign while I grabbed the four Amazon packages sitting at my...

Revering the “Mystery” in Youth Ministry

Revering the “Mystery” in Youth Ministry

“And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” – Luke 2:19  As youth and young adult ministers, we spend a lot of time trying to teach, guide, and positively influence others.  We may sometimes feel very confident in this role, as we see in some of...

What Are Your Advent Traditions?

What Are Your Advent Traditions?

Traditions. Every family has them. Even our Church has Traditions/traditions. While gathering my thoughts for this Advent reflection, I did some thinking on what had been traditions for Advent in my family as I was growing up. I don’t think I ever heard the term...

Why is Joseph an Important Part of the Story?

Why is Joseph an Important Part of the Story?

It’s so easy to get swept up in the Advent season to get excited about Mary and Elizabeth and John the Baptist and on and on and on. There are so many giants of our faith in Advent that it’s easy to glance over Joseph. He is huge figure in the life of Jesus and an...

Where’s Home For The Holidays?

Where’s Home For The Holidays?

We’ve heard the familiar phrases: “Home for the holidays” and “Home is where the heart is.” But for teens of divorce, those common phrases may bring up feelings of anxiety and confusion. If you haven’t experienced divorce yourself the easiest way to relate is to think...

It’s OK to Say No

It’s OK to Say No

Feelin over-scheduled? Stretched too thin? Trying to be in too many places at the same time? We’ve found the answer –––– JUST SAY NO! It’s Ministry. It’s our Passion. It’s our Faith. It’s our Vocation. It’s the right thing to do. It’s rewarding. It’s frustrating. It’s...

Are You Comfortable in Your Role Yet?

Are You Comfortable in Your Role Yet?

The fall is quickly coming to an end and you might find yourself reflecting on this wild, new role as youth minister. Questions such as, “Am I doing a good job?” might be circling your brain. This is always a great opportunity to ponder on how you are doing in this...

5 Ways to Pay it Forward During Advent

5 Ways to Pay it Forward During Advent

Advent is a time of slowing down and reflecting on God’s gift to the world in his son, Jesus. While this is a great time to introduce your teens to some more contemplative prayer, it can also be a time to take that grace from contemplation and put it into action. Here...

Try Out Our New Online Membership Community for Free!

Click the button below to find out more about Thrive and claim your invite to a free trial of the new community created exclusively for Catholic youth ministers.

CLICK HERE

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Become a ProjectYM VIP



You have Successfully Subscribed!