How to Respond to “Why” and “How do We Know?”

How to Respond to “Why” and “How do We Know?”

Today I attended the funeral of a family friend – a 25 year old young man. He leaves behind his parents, 2 younger siblings, one older brother, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, and a host of friends.   The Church was packed – as was the funeral home in the days before. His sister read the 1st Reading, his younger Brother the 2nd Reading.  His Godparents read the prayer of the Faithful and his older brother gave us words of wisdom as we prepared to leave the Church. This is obviously a faith-filled family.

“Why?”

Now, and in the days ahead as Youth Minister, as parent, as friend, I will be asked to explain “why did this happen”, and ‘how do we know he is no longer suffering?” ”How do we go on?”  I’m not confident I will have the perfect answer. KEEP READING

Mary, Our Model of Faith

Mary, Our Model of Faith

May is traditionally a month Catholics set aside to honor Our Lady. She is our Heavenly Mother and she loves to hear from us. How can we foster our devotion to Mary as youth ministers? Why is it important? Here are just a few tips to help you grow closer as a youth minister to Our Lady.

Read her Words in Scripture.

As Jesus’ Mother and Our Mother, she gives us some wonderful words of wisdom in Scripture. She tells us to “Do whatever He tells you.” (cf. John 2:5) She points us to Jesus. That is her job and what she does best. KEEP READING

5 Things To Do To Map Out Your Best Fall Calendar

5 Things To Do To Map Out Your Best Fall Calendar

Creating a calendar for your youth ministry can be extremely exciting, and overwhelming at the same time. There is so much to do and so little time, what can we do to ensure we are making a difference with our calendars? Here are some helpful tips that have helped guide us in our process.

Start Now

This may be obvious to some, but let’s be honest…..there is a reason why youth leaders have the reputation of being procrastinators. We work well on the fly. We can adapt and we pride ourselves on our flexibility. In some circumstances that may work, but if we are going to maximize the impact our ministries have on young people and their families we must get into the habit of working ahead. KEEP READING

10 Things I learned My First Year

10 Things I learned My First Year

When I began my first youth ministry job (2002-03), I was pretty sure I knew exactly what I was getting myself into – and how well I was going to do as youth minister. It so happens that at the end of that year, I was asked to give a talk to some new youth ministers about what I’d learned. And I realized that I’d learned a lot by making mistakes. I put the following list together then, and I believe it still holds true:

10. Don’t Book the Archbishop for Grey Cup Sunday.

I’m sure some of you are NFL fans. KEEP READING

Recognizing Four Signs of Burnout

Recognizing Four Signs of Burnout

Youth Ministry is one of the greatest jobs in the world. Those of us who are called to work in this way, feel incredibly blessed to do it. However, burnout can occur pretty quickly if we don’t take care of ourselves spiritually, mentally, and physically.

You start to view your job as “work”

Yes, we have one of the best jobs out there, but when we’re heading towards burnout, we may end up viewing youth ministry as “work”. And yes, technically it is our work, but once we begin to not enjoy our ministry, we are heading in the wrong direction. KEEP READING

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3 Ways to Defeat Burnout

3 Ways to Defeat Burnout

The day began well, but halfway through I was calling 9-1-1 with a fire extinguisher in hand... Situations like that can be draining. For you it might not be a literal fire – maybe it’s an angry parent who didn’t like a comment you made or a teen whom you’ve mentored...

How to Use Prayer to Avoid Burnout

How to Use Prayer to Avoid Burnout

What I’m about to say might annoy some of my fellow youth ministers: I’ve never been burnt out in my ministry. Sure, I’ve been frustrated. I’ve cried, yelled, hid from my coworkers, and every other inadvisable coping mechanism while climbing the massive mountain of...

Be John the Baptist, Not Christ

Be John the Baptist, Not Christ

I have often heard that we, as Youth Ministers, are called to be Christ to the teens we serve. While this is well intended and seemingly obvious, I believe that it falls short. I submit that what we need to concern ourselves with is being John The Baptist to our...

Away Message – How to Take a Leave of Absence

Away Message – How to Take a Leave of Absence

It has long been the common wisdom in youth ministry circles to stress the importance of developing a team of volunteers to serve the youth. This very wise advice moves from a goal to be achieved, to a necessity when the professional youth minister needs to take a...

Running on Empty – How to Prevent Burnout

Running on Empty – How to Prevent Burnout

We’ve all been there…. We have youth night one night, a retreat next weekend, and your parent meeting for Confirmation is right around the corner.The spring is one of the busiest times of the year in youth ministry, and the schedule is tight. You seem to be running on...

The Great Transition – How to Say Goodbye

The Great Transition – How to Say Goodbye

It is always exciting to get that first ministry gig. We are full of energy, looking forward to sleepless night accompanied by a strict diet of pizza and stale candy. This was all we ever dreamed of and wouldn’t ask for anything to change ever… until one day it does....

With Our Young and Old We Must Go

With Our Young and Old We Must Go

Missionary Discipleship is all the buzz in the church. Maybe your parish is considering becoming Rebuilt. Perhaps they are pondering a Divine Renovation. Perhaps the answers can be found in Forming Intentional Disciples. Efforts towards the New Evangelization of the...

Benefits You Should Fight For

Benefits You Should Fight For

Recently, Tony and Michael hosted a live broadcast discussing average youth ministry salaries with Dr. Charlotte McCorquodale from Ministry Training Source (If you missed the original live broadcast, you can watch the video here). It's no secret that youth ministers...

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How to Respond to “Why” and “How do We Know?”

How to Respond to “Why” and “How do We Know?”

Today I attended the funeral of a family friend – a 25 year old young man. He leaves behind his parents, 2 younger siblings, one older brother, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, and a host of friends.   The Church was packed – as was the funeral home in the days before. His sister read the 1st Reading, his younger Brother the 2nd Reading.  His Godparents read the prayer of the Faithful and his older brother gave us words of wisdom as we prepared to leave the Church. This is obviously a faith-filled family.

“Why?”

Now, and in the days ahead as Youth Minister, as parent, as friend, I will be asked to explain “why did this happen”, and ‘how do we know he is no longer suffering?” ”How do we go on?”  I’m not confident I will have the perfect answer. KEEP READING

Mary, Our Model of Faith

Mary, Our Model of Faith

May is traditionally a month Catholics set aside to honor Our Lady. She is our Heavenly Mother and she loves to hear from us. How can we foster our devotion to Mary as youth ministers? Why is it important? Here are just a few tips to help you grow closer as a youth minister to Our Lady.

Read her Words in Scripture.

As Jesus’ Mother and Our Mother, she gives us some wonderful words of wisdom in Scripture. She tells us to “Do whatever He tells you.” (cf. John 2:5) She points us to Jesus. That is her job and what she does best. KEEP READING

5 Things To Do To Map Out Your Best Fall Calendar

5 Things To Do To Map Out Your Best Fall Calendar

Creating a calendar for your youth ministry can be extremely exciting, and overwhelming at the same time. There is so much to do and so little time, what can we do to ensure we are making a difference with our calendars? Here are some helpful tips that have helped guide us in our process.

Start Now

This may be obvious to some, but let’s be honest…..there is a reason why youth leaders have the reputation of being procrastinators. We work well on the fly. We can adapt and we pride ourselves on our flexibility. In some circumstances that may work, but if we are going to maximize the impact our ministries have on young people and their families we must get into the habit of working ahead. KEEP READING

10 Things I learned My First Year

10 Things I learned My First Year

When I began my first youth ministry job (2002-03), I was pretty sure I knew exactly what I was getting myself into – and how well I was going to do as youth minister. It so happens that at the end of that year, I was asked to give a talk to some new youth ministers...

Recognizing Four Signs of Burnout

Recognizing Four Signs of Burnout

Youth Ministry is one of the greatest jobs in the world. Those of us who are called to work in this way, feel incredibly blessed to do it. However, burnout can occur pretty quickly if we don’t take care of ourselves spiritually, mentally, and physically. You start to...

3 Ways to Defeat Burnout

3 Ways to Defeat Burnout

The day began well, but halfway through I was calling 9-1-1 with a fire extinguisher in hand... Situations like that can be draining. For you it might not be a literal fire – maybe it’s an angry parent who didn’t like a comment you made or a teen whom you’ve mentored...

How to Use Prayer to Avoid Burnout

How to Use Prayer to Avoid Burnout

What I’m about to say might annoy some of my fellow youth ministers: I’ve never been burnt out in my ministry. Sure, I’ve been frustrated. I’ve cried, yelled, hid from my coworkers, and every other inadvisable coping mechanism while climbing the massive mountain of...

Be John the Baptist, Not Christ

Be John the Baptist, Not Christ

I have often heard that we, as Youth Ministers, are called to be Christ to the teens we serve. While this is well intended and seemingly obvious, I believe that it falls short. I submit that what we need to concern ourselves with is being John The Baptist to our...

Away Message – How to Take a Leave of Absence

Away Message – How to Take a Leave of Absence

It has long been the common wisdom in youth ministry circles to stress the importance of developing a team of volunteers to serve the youth. This very wise advice moves from a goal to be achieved, to a necessity when the professional youth minister needs to take a...

Running on Empty – How to Prevent Burnout

Running on Empty – How to Prevent Burnout

We’ve all been there…. We have youth night one night, a retreat next weekend, and your parent meeting for Confirmation is right around the corner.The spring is one of the busiest times of the year in youth ministry, and the schedule is tight. You seem to be running on...

The Great Transition – How to Say Goodbye

The Great Transition – How to Say Goodbye

It is always exciting to get that first ministry gig. We are full of energy, looking forward to sleepless night accompanied by a strict diet of pizza and stale candy. This was all we ever dreamed of and wouldn’t ask for anything to change ever… until one day it does....

With Our Young and Old We Must Go

With Our Young and Old We Must Go

Missionary Discipleship is all the buzz in the church. Maybe your parish is considering becoming Rebuilt. Perhaps they are pondering a Divine Renovation. Perhaps the answers can be found in Forming Intentional Disciples. Efforts towards the New Evangelization of the...

Benefits You Should Fight For

Benefits You Should Fight For

Recently, Tony and Michael hosted a live broadcast discussing average youth ministry salaries with Dr. Charlotte McCorquodale from Ministry Training Source (If you missed the original live broadcast, you can watch the video here). It's no secret that youth ministers...

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