Best. Communication. Tips. Ever.

Best. Communication. Tips. Ever.

I love Stranger Things. I binge-watched it when it came out.  I made jokes with my fiancée about how cute the kids in the show were and we laughed about the CGI monsters. Then, I promptly forgot about it (as one does until Season 2 comes back with a vengeance).

That was until the cast became A-List celebrities overnight and saw an absurd amount of media attention hoisted onto 13 year olds, the bulk of the attention being centered on Millie Bobby Brown’s personal life, style, and relationships (a term I use lightly as she is so young). 

It suddenly seemed like I couldn’t escape the vicious discussion and life of Millie Bobby Brown and her relationship with Jacob Sartorius: it was posted all over twitter and Instagram as people everywhere discussed her shading him, or them kissing, or him cheating on her, or anything else.  KEEP READING

Getting Real About SSA & LGBT

Getting Real About SSA & LGBT

It’s here. It’s queer. Are we getting used to it yet? This June is Pride Month in the United States and throughout the world. Adults identifying as LGBT is increasing over time and across generations. Same sex attraction is “coming out” into the limelight. We see it in public policy, media representation, and the lives of the young people we serve.

The Church’s sexual ethic is an integral one composed of a few foundational points.

Our creation as male and female
The complementarity of the sexes
The purpose of the sexual act as unitive, procreative, and given freely in an exclusive and indissoluble marriage. KEEP READING

How to Communicate Your Ministry to Others

How to Communicate Your Ministry to Others

“Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary use words.” This quote is famously attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi, when in fact, we have no solid evidence that he ever spoke these words. What we do know with certainty is that he was a very effective preacher and evangelizer. This saying has become popular because it highlights the importance of our actions. However, the idea of not using words probably makes people such as Saint Francis and Saint Paul turn in their graves!

Mastering the art form of communication is a key skill for any effective youth minister. It can be one of the most difficult tasks of a new youth minister because it involves knowing in advance what you want to communicate and to whom you are speaking. KEEP READING

Show the Dads in Your Life Some Love

Show the Dads in Your Life Some Love

I remember my dad being larger than life.  He wasn’t a very tall man, only stood about 5’5″ if he was really trying.  But his outgoing sales personality and fierce love he had for the people in his life made him appear 7 feet tall.  He could make anything fun, was quick to smile, and could come back with a witty and sometimes sarcastic remark that would have the room in stitches.  

My dad died in 2001, when I was 18, and I still miss him all the time.  Fortunately, I have been blessed with some amazing men in my life that are true examples of God’s unconditional love.  KEEP READING

13 Reasons Why Season 2

13 Reasons Why Season 2

The truth is your students are watching 13 Reasons Why. When season 1 was released, teens everywhere spent their Spring Break binging the entire season. And with season 2 coming out earlier this month, your teens are probably binge watching it right now – if they haven’t already finished it.

While the characters and the high school are fictional, the sad reality is that the issues presented are real. Very real.  And because your teens are already talking about the show (and the issues it brings up), we wanted to give you the resources to enter into those conversations.

**Please note that We DO NOT RECOMMEND that you use 13 Reasons Why in your ministry.**

On episode 19 of Catholic Youth Ministry Live (our weekly webshow for Catholic youth ministers), Chris and Michael interviewed Roy Petitfils about the latest season. KEEP READING

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Youth Ministers Need to Watch This

Youth Ministers Need to Watch This

There's a lot of great videos out there for youth ministers – including ones that we've created. But this video from Roy Petitfils might be the most important and impactful video a youth minister will ever watch. Drawing from his own experience as a young person – and...

Be The Vision – Plan for an Amazing Year

Be The Vision – Plan for an Amazing Year

"Without a vision the people lose restraint, but happy is the one who follows instruction." (Proverbs 29:18) It has come to the end of another youth ministry year and summer trips, socials, and special events are right around the corner. Your schedule is packed. Yet,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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Best. Communication. Tips. Ever.

Best. Communication. Tips. Ever.

I love Stranger Things. I binge-watched it when it came out.  I made jokes with my fiancée about how cute the kids in the show were and we laughed about the CGI monsters. Then, I promptly forgot about it (as one does until Season 2 comes back with a vengeance).

That was until the cast became A-List celebrities overnight and saw an absurd amount of media attention hoisted onto 13 year olds, the bulk of the attention being centered on Millie Bobby Brown’s personal life, style, and relationships (a term I use lightly as she is so young). 

It suddenly seemed like I couldn’t escape the vicious discussion and life of Millie Bobby Brown and her relationship with Jacob Sartorius: it was posted all over twitter and Instagram as people everywhere discussed her shading him, or them kissing, or him cheating on her, or anything else.  KEEP READING

Getting Real About SSA & LGBT

Getting Real About SSA & LGBT

It’s here. It’s queer. Are we getting used to it yet? This June is Pride Month in the United States and throughout the world. Adults identifying as LGBT is increasing over time and across generations. Same sex attraction is “coming out” into the limelight. We see it in public policy, media representation, and the lives of the young people we serve.

The Church’s sexual ethic is an integral one composed of a few foundational points.

Our creation as male and female
The complementarity of the sexes
The purpose of the sexual act as unitive, procreative, and given freely in an exclusive and indissoluble marriage. KEEP READING

How to Communicate Your Ministry to Others

How to Communicate Your Ministry to Others

“Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary use words.” This quote is famously attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi, when in fact, we have no solid evidence that he ever spoke these words. What we do know with certainty is that he was a very effective preacher and evangelizer. This saying has become popular because it highlights the importance of our actions. However, the idea of not using words probably makes people such as Saint Francis and Saint Paul turn in their graves!

Mastering the art form of communication is a key skill for any effective youth minister. It can be one of the most difficult tasks of a new youth minister because it involves knowing in advance what you want to communicate and to whom you are speaking. KEEP READING

Show the Dads in Your Life Some Love

Show the Dads in Your Life Some Love

I remember my dad being larger than life.  He wasn't a very tall man, only stood about 5'5" if he was really trying.  But his outgoing sales personality and fierce love he had for the people in his life made him appear 7 feet tall.  He could make anything fun, was...

13 Reasons Why Season 2

13 Reasons Why Season 2

The truth is your students are watching 13 Reasons Why. When season 1 was released, teens everywhere spent their Spring Break binging the entire season. And with season 2 coming out earlier this month, your teens are probably binge watching it right now – if they...

Youth Ministers Need to Watch This

Youth Ministers Need to Watch This

There's a lot of great videos out there for youth ministers – including ones that we've created. But this video from Roy Petitfils might be the most important and impactful video a youth minister will ever watch. Drawing from his own experience as a young person – and...

Be The Vision – Plan for an Amazing Year

Be The Vision – Plan for an Amazing Year

"Without a vision the people lose restraint, but happy is the one who follows instruction." (Proverbs 29:18) It has come to the end of another youth ministry year and summer trips, socials, and special events are right around the corner. Your schedule is packed. Yet,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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