Run a Trivia Night Fundraiser

Finally a fundraiser you'll actually WANT to do – plus you can raise thousands of dollars for your organization in just one night! The best part is people will have so much fun they’ll be asking when you’re doing it again.

You’re not supposed to be here

You’re not supposed to be here

One Tuesday night, around 10:15, my doorbell rang. I wasn’t expecting anyone to be stopping by my house that day, much less at bedtime, so I confusedly made my way to the door to see what nitwit would be showing up so late, ready to give them a piece of my mind about etiquette and prior notice of arrival.

And then I heard someone singing Unchained Melody. Immediately recognizing the voice, I yanked open the door and there, standing on my front porch, was my boyfriend (now husband). Suitcase in hand, big smile plastered across his face, he had changed his flights to arrive early in Lake Charles to celebrate Thanksgiving…and he hadn’t told me. KEEP READING

Why Is Advent So Dark?

Why Is Advent So Dark?

Parishes love to do things differently in the season of Advent.

Liturgy committees try to change up the scene beyond just the colors and decor. It’s a way to try to change our view from the familiar and jar us into considering Who is coming at Christmas.

One way I’ve seen a changeup in recent years is the dimming of the lights before Mass to suggest a more reflective, reverent tone when you enter the church. It makes sense with the literal dimming of the light. The winter sun shrinks our days and forces our car headlights on earlier and earlier. KEEP READING

Male and Female He Created Them

Male and Female He Created Them

I remember the looks on their faces at my first youth ministers conference; they were tired- no- exhausted. Wide-eyed and eager to learn what the call of being a youth minister looked like, I was already feeling defeated. What was I getting myself into? And then I got it. I found myself three years into ministry and I was already exhausted too. Long nights, early mornings, endless work, and the inability to be with family and friends when they are available was a majority of how my time was spent. Ministry is hard. I couldn’t imagine ever being a youth minister with a husband or raising children…yikes! KEEP READING

No Help To Anyone

No Help To Anyone

Mass is always a struggle for us. It’s just the phase of life we are in right now. With four little ones ages 6 and under who have been over-exposed to screens and live in an instant gratification world, asking them to participate in Mass for one hour each week seems an insurmountable task. We have tried everything – something to draw on, quiet toys to play with, Mass books to follow along – but to no avail. Nonetheless, we dress our four wriggling, squirming little persons in their Sunday best (usually a colored shirt and their least hole-y tennis shoes) and attempt to share our love of the Eucharist with them.

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Getting Your Teens FIRED UP!

Getting Your Teens FIRED UP!

Nothing can zap your energy quite like walking into the youth room and seeing the teens just sitting there on their phones, bored out of their minds. Here is how to get YOUR teens fired up!

Know Your Why (and share it!)

Make sure you know why your ministry exists, but also be sure to communicate that WHY to the teens. Young people need to understand that your ministry exists for more than just smashing pie in each others faces. Especially your teens in leadership roles, they need to understand why you do the things you do. Upperclassmen tend to drop off as their schedule gets busier, but teens who understand the mission and goals of your ministry are more likely to get excited about being a part of it. KEEP READING

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Getting Your Pastor FIRED UP!

Getting Your Pastor FIRED UP!

Getting your Pastor excited about the youth program might seem challenging, but it is vital to the success of your ministry! Here is how to get your Pastor fired up about your ministry: Pray! First, and most importantly, PRAY! Make it a priority to pray, not just for...

Getting Parents FIRED UP!

Getting Parents FIRED UP!

No not YOUR parents (although that is great too.) Here is how to get the parents of teens in your ministry FIRED UP! Know Your Why Why does your ministry exist? What is the goal of your ministry? Be intentional about sharing the vision with parents. They need to see...

Run a Trivia Night Fundraiser

Finally a fundraiser you'll actually WANT to do – plus you can raise thousands of dollars for your organization in just one night! The best part is people will have so much fun they’ll be asking when you’re doing it again.

Get Your Volunteers FIRED UP!

Get Your Volunteers FIRED UP!

It's summer! And although your ministry has probably simmered down a bit and you have some room to breathe, this is also the time to start looking to the year ahead and setting your ministry up for success. Which is why we are talking all about getting FIRED UP in...

Having “The Talk” With Your Teens

Having “The Talk” With Your Teens

Most of the time our youth group meetings are a bit of a blur without a lot of opportunity for tons of one on one time. Every now and then I have a conversation with my teens that has an impact on me, if not on them. A few years ago during small groups is one such...

Why am I a Youth Minister, Again?

Why am I a Youth Minister, Again?

I was pretty sure, that day, that I wanted to quit more than I ever had wanted to before. The youth had done just about everything in their power to irritate me, ignore the topic for the week, and be distracted through our prayer time. Our goal that day had been to...

Rethinking How We Plan

Rethinking How We Plan

When we schedule time for “no agenda” elements and invite our teens into conversation and activities, we can model how to live the joy of the Gospel authentically in the ordinary occasions of everyday life, not just during praise & worship or small group time.

How to Minister to Elementary AND Middle School

How to Minister to Elementary AND Middle School

When I first started working with middle schoolers, other youth ministers were quick to give me praise. “Oh, you work with middle school? God bless you!” “It takes such a special person to work with that age!” “I could never do that. You must be some kind of saint!”...

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You’re not supposed to be here

You’re not supposed to be here

One Tuesday night, around 10:15, my doorbell rang. I wasn’t expecting anyone to be stopping by my house that day, much less at bedtime, so I confusedly made my way to the door to see what nitwit would be showing up so late, ready to give them a piece of my mind about etiquette and prior notice of arrival.

And then I heard someone singing Unchained Melody. Immediately recognizing the voice, I yanked open the door and there, standing on my front porch, was my boyfriend (now husband). Suitcase in hand, big smile plastered across his face, he had changed his flights to arrive early in Lake Charles to celebrate Thanksgiving…and he hadn’t told me. KEEP READING

Why Is Advent So Dark?

Why Is Advent So Dark?

Parishes love to do things differently in the season of Advent.

Liturgy committees try to change up the scene beyond just the colors and decor. It’s a way to try to change our view from the familiar and jar us into considering Who is coming at Christmas.

One way I’ve seen a changeup in recent years is the dimming of the lights before Mass to suggest a more reflective, reverent tone when you enter the church. It makes sense with the literal dimming of the light. The winter sun shrinks our days and forces our car headlights on earlier and earlier. KEEP READING

Male and Female He Created Them

Male and Female He Created Them

I remember the looks on their faces at my first youth ministers conference; they were tired- no- exhausted. Wide-eyed and eager to learn what the call of being a youth minister looked like, I was already feeling defeated. What was I getting myself into? And then I got it. I found myself three years into ministry and I was already exhausted too. Long nights, early mornings, endless work, and the inability to be with family and friends when they are available was a majority of how my time was spent. Ministry is hard. I couldn’t imagine ever being a youth minister with a husband or raising children…yikes! KEEP READING

No Help To Anyone

No Help To Anyone

Mass is always a struggle for us. It’s just the phase of life we are in right now. With four little ones ages 6 and under who have been over-exposed to screens and live in an instant gratification world, asking them to participate in Mass for one hour each week seems...

Getting Your Teens FIRED UP!

Getting Your Teens FIRED UP!

Nothing can zap your energy quite like walking into the youth room and seeing the teens just sitting there on their phones, bored out of their minds. Here is how to get YOUR teens fired up! Know Your Why (and share it!) Make sure you know why your ministry exists, but...

Run a Trivia Night Fundraiser

Finally a fundraiser you'll actually WANT to do – plus you can raise thousands of dollars for your organization in just one night! The best part is people will have so much fun they’ll be asking when you’re doing it again.

Getting Your Pastor FIRED UP!

Getting Your Pastor FIRED UP!

Getting your Pastor excited about the youth program might seem challenging, but it is vital to the success of your ministry! Here is how to get your Pastor fired up about your ministry: Pray! First, and most importantly, PRAY! Make it a priority to pray, not just for...

Getting Parents FIRED UP!

Getting Parents FIRED UP!

No not YOUR parents (although that is great too.) Here is how to get the parents of teens in your ministry FIRED UP! Know Your Why Why does your ministry exist? What is the goal of your ministry? Be intentional about sharing the vision with parents. They need to see...

Get Your Volunteers FIRED UP!

Get Your Volunteers FIRED UP!

It's summer! And although your ministry has probably simmered down a bit and you have some room to breathe, this is also the time to start looking to the year ahead and setting your ministry up for success. Which is why we are talking all about getting FIRED UP in...

Having “The Talk” With Your Teens

Having “The Talk” With Your Teens

Most of the time our youth group meetings are a bit of a blur without a lot of opportunity for tons of one on one time. Every now and then I have a conversation with my teens that has an impact on me, if not on them. A few years ago during small groups is one such...

Why am I a Youth Minister, Again?

Why am I a Youth Minister, Again?

I was pretty sure, that day, that I wanted to quit more than I ever had wanted to before. The youth had done just about everything in their power to irritate me, ignore the topic for the week, and be distracted through our prayer time. Our goal that day had been to...

Rethinking How We Plan

Rethinking How We Plan

When we schedule time for “no agenda” elements and invite our teens into conversation and activities, we can model how to live the joy of the Gospel authentically in the ordinary occasions of everyday life, not just during praise & worship or small group time.

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