Do You Know This Person?

Do You Know This Person?

Many parish religious education and youth ministry programs require or give the candidate for Confirmation the option to choose a Saint or Blessed as their patron for the Sacrament of Confirmation. If you are responsible for preparing young people for the Sacrament of Confirmation at your parish, you may get questions like, “Who do I choose?” or “Can you give me some examples to choose from?” Well, look no further… here are four Saints and Blessed young people you can share with your candidates for Confirmation!

St. Dominic Savio was a teenage student of St. John Bosco. He was known for his piety and was also known for enjoying fun and games with his friends.

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5 Ways to Thank Your Core Team

5 Ways to Thank Your Core Team

This time of year we all come to realize this is “the time” we are to be thankful for things. Here are some ways you can be thankful for your core team:

Listen Better:

Often times, especially in the heat of a youth event, we can get lost in our own vision or way of doing things. I challenge you, can you take a step back, and listen to your volunteers. How do they see things? Can their ideas help enhance what is already working in the ministry? Remember the ministry does not belong to the minister, it belongs to those we serve, and we need to strive to meet their needs. KEEP READING

Sharing God’s Gifts With One Another

Sharing God’s Gifts With One Another

As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace. (1 Peter 4:10)

Each person has wonderful talents and gifts given to them by God. These gifts are meant for the service of others. As youth ministers who lead a team of adults to serve the teens and families of our parishes, our team members come to us with a wide variety of gifts. How can youth ministers insure that their team is utilizing their gifts in the best way to build up youth ministry in our parishes? Here are some tips to insure that your team’s gifts are being utilized to make it the best year ever! KEEP READING

Effective Communication is Key

Effective Communication is Key

No matter how long you have been in Youth Ministry you will discover quickly that effective communication is absolutely key. Communication with God, your pastor, volunteers or teens—anyone connected to the mission—is a must. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you are communicating:


Clarity

Most miscommunication is based on a lack of clarity. When instructions are not clear there is a good chance that tasks will not be accomplished properly. I realize that some of us are better than others at being clear. If you are not one of those naturally gifted clarity-blessed-individuals, I suggest the following:

Sit with it:

When I want to share information, goals, expectations I need to make sure I understand them first. KEEP READING

How to Minister to Parents Too

How to Minister to Parents Too

As a baby youth minister, my biggest apprehension was how to best work with parents. My year of service had been filled with intergenerational Ministry. I had learned about how important it was to have a relationship with parents as a youth minister. The difference? Now I was coming into a different community that hadn’t done much intergenerational Ministry. My biggest fear was that parents wouldn’t take me seriously because I was only 23, or that they wouldn’t trust me with their teens.

Cue prayers and a few very friendly parents. Here a few things that I learned about working with parents as a young youth minister:

Be proactive and patient:

The 7pm mass is central to our youth ministry program. KEEP READING

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How I Talked My Way Into A Terrible Job

How I Talked My Way Into A Terrible Job

Back in January of 2006, I was coasting through my last semester of college. Everything was all set: I'd graduate in May and get married in August, but there was one big issue... I didn't have a job lined up. I was home for winter break when I got an idea. I setup an...

Leave the 99: Welcoming New Sheep Into the Fold

Leave the 99: Welcoming New Sheep Into the Fold

As we prepare for our elaborate Fall Kick-Offs designed to reel in the teens and get them hooked on our absolutely amazing youth ministry programs, I am reminded of my past failures in achieving what is most important in a new beginning. Welcoming new teens is not a...

3 Ways to Start the Year off Right!

3 Ways to Start the Year off Right!

For many of us in youth ministry, the summer has flown by and now a new year is starting right around the corner. New teens will be coming and current teens will be returning, excited to see their friends. What can we do to start the year off right in order to get the...

The Word: Living and Effective

The Word: Living and Effective

Indeed, 
the word of God is living and effective, 
sharper than any two-edged sword, 
penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, 
and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 I have some concerns about the word of God....

Feed Your Need for Feedback

Feed Your Need for Feedback

Just about every week there comes a point where I find myself thinking, "why won't they just TELL me what they think?!" I'm talking about my coworkers, my family, my toddler--they all have their moments where it seems like I can't get any recognition of what I'm doing...

Be Aware of Self Care

Be Aware of Self Care

These are a few ways that I try to make sure I do not get burnt out in the ministry. A burnt out minister doesn’t do anyone any good.

Ministry Can Be Lonely

Ministry Can Be Lonely

Ministry can be lonely. Especially youth ministry. My first two years of ministry did not prepare me well for the next ten years. I started youth ministry as an intern at a parish with 3 full time staff members, a college intern (me), and two high school interns. It...

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Do You Know This Person?

Do You Know This Person?

Many parish religious education and youth ministry programs require or give the candidate for Confirmation the option to choose a Saint or Blessed as their patron for the Sacrament of Confirmation. If you are responsible for preparing young people for the Sacrament of Confirmation at your parish, you may get questions like, “Who do I choose?” or “Can you give me some examples to choose from?” Well, look no further… here are four Saints and Blessed young people you can share with your candidates for Confirmation!

St. Dominic Savio was a teenage student of St. John Bosco. He was known for his piety and was also known for enjoying fun and games with his friends.

KEEP READING
5 Ways to Thank Your Core Team

5 Ways to Thank Your Core Team

This time of year we all come to realize this is “the time” we are to be thankful for things. Here are some ways you can be thankful for your core team:

Listen Better:

Often times, especially in the heat of a youth event, we can get lost in our own vision or way of doing things. I challenge you, can you take a step back, and listen to your volunteers. How do they see things? Can their ideas help enhance what is already working in the ministry? Remember the ministry does not belong to the minister, it belongs to those we serve, and we need to strive to meet their needs. KEEP READING

Sharing God’s Gifts With One Another

Sharing God’s Gifts With One Another

As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace. (1 Peter 4:10)

Each person has wonderful talents and gifts given to them by God. These gifts are meant for the service of others. As youth ministers who lead a team of adults to serve the teens and families of our parishes, our team members come to us with a wide variety of gifts. How can youth ministers insure that their team is utilizing their gifts in the best way to build up youth ministry in our parishes? Here are some tips to insure that your team’s gifts are being utilized to make it the best year ever! KEEP READING

Effective Communication is Key

Effective Communication is Key

No matter how long you have been in Youth Ministry you will discover quickly that effective communication is absolutely key. Communication with God, your pastor, volunteers or teens—anyone connected to the mission—is a must. Here are a few things to keep in mind when...

How to Minister to Parents Too

How to Minister to Parents Too

As a baby youth minister, my biggest apprehension was how to best work with parents. My year of service had been filled with intergenerational Ministry. I had learned about how important it was to have a relationship with parents as a youth minister. The difference?...

How I Talked My Way Into A Terrible Job

How I Talked My Way Into A Terrible Job

Back in January of 2006, I was coasting through my last semester of college. Everything was all set: I'd graduate in May and get married in August, but there was one big issue... I didn't have a job lined up. I was home for winter break when I got an idea. I setup an...

Leave the 99: Welcoming New Sheep Into the Fold

Leave the 99: Welcoming New Sheep Into the Fold

As we prepare for our elaborate Fall Kick-Offs designed to reel in the teens and get them hooked on our absolutely amazing youth ministry programs, I am reminded of my past failures in achieving what is most important in a new beginning. Welcoming new teens is not a...

3 Ways to Start the Year off Right!

3 Ways to Start the Year off Right!

For many of us in youth ministry, the summer has flown by and now a new year is starting right around the corner. New teens will be coming and current teens will be returning, excited to see their friends. What can we do to start the year off right in order to get the...

The Word: Living and Effective

The Word: Living and Effective

Indeed, 
the word of God is living and effective, 
sharper than any two-edged sword, 
penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, 
and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 I have some concerns about the word of God....

Feed Your Need for Feedback

Feed Your Need for Feedback

Just about every week there comes a point where I find myself thinking, "why won't they just TELL me what they think?!" I'm talking about my coworkers, my family, my toddler--they all have their moments where it seems like I can't get any recognition of what I'm doing...

Be Aware of Self Care

Be Aware of Self Care

These are a few ways that I try to make sure I do not get burnt out in the ministry. A burnt out minister doesn’t do anyone any good.

Ministry Can Be Lonely

Ministry Can Be Lonely

Ministry can be lonely. Especially youth ministry. My first two years of ministry did not prepare me well for the next ten years. I started youth ministry as an intern at a parish with 3 full time staff members, a college intern (me), and two high school interns. It...

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