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.

Your Worth as a Youth Minister

Your Worth as a Youth Minister

One of the worst feelings I have ever felt was on a Sunday night in the middle of the summer. I
had prepared a fun youth event that included tye-dye and a bible study on the Creation story.
Ten minutes had gone by and no one had showed up. Not a single soul. I sat in the chair, trying
not to look pathetic in case one lone teen would saunter in the room. My heart was racing and I
felt sort of sick to my stomach. In those moments, I felt small and insignificant. I felt like I had
failed and was embarrassed by my hopeful purchase of a dozen white tees. KEEP READING

Joy in Youth Ministry: Being Buoyed by Hope

Joy in Youth Ministry: Being Buoyed by Hope

While not-so-innocently meandering around the Hobby Lobby this month, I found myself drawn, as usual, to the décor aisles. Scattered about the adorable canvas signs (silently beckoning, “Buy me!”) I noticed a few signs with the phrase “Choose Joy” artfully painted on canvas. Before I knew it, the sign appeared in my shopping cart. (I still don’t know how that possibly could have happened!)

That little canvas hangs up on my wall where I see it daily. Some days, it’s an encouragement to me, to ask myself: where is the joy in my voice, in my eyes, in my facial expressions, or even in my driving? KEEP READING

Meet Your Teens Where They Are

Meet Your Teens Where They Are

Ministry is great, isn’t it? The teens are always smiling and laugh at all of your jokes. They are super polite to every parent and volunteer who walks through the door. They eat all of their food and even help clean up after dinner. They never speak during the talks you give and always participate fully in small group discussions. The teens obey all rules of every game so that everyone can have a good time and receive the take-home message for the night.

What’s that you say? Your program isn’t like that? Let me try again. Here are some basic rules that nearly every teen in my program just seems to know innately.  KEEP READING

Calling All Writers and Wannabe Writers!

Calling All Writers and Wannabe Writers!

ProjectYM is looking for some youth ministers and core team members to write for our blog!

The ProjectYM blog is a place where readers all over the world come to find useful information to help them thrive in their ministry. We publish articles that touch the heart, give witness to the glory of God, offer “How-to’s” and action items for youth ministers to try out with their teens,
And….
what we lovingly call “Listicles”

What is a listicle?

A “listicle” is an article that is what it sounds like. It is a list of things that a youth minister or core team member would be interested in. KEEP READING

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 example to us as parents, teens and all Catholics. Here are two takeaways from his role as Jesus’ papa.

Quit Talking and Listen

There is not a single word uttered by Joseph in Scripture.

It’s that simple. We need to quit talking. We need to quit with all the busyness. KEEP READING

Happy Advent!

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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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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Your Worth as a Youth Minister

Your Worth as a Youth Minister

One of the worst feelings I have ever felt was on a Sunday night in the middle of the summer. I
had prepared a fun youth event that included tye-dye and a bible study on the Creation story.
Ten minutes had gone by and no one had showed up. Not a single soul. I sat in the chair, trying
not to look pathetic in case one lone teen would saunter in the room. My heart was racing and I
felt sort of sick to my stomach. In those moments, I felt small and insignificant. I felt like I had
failed and was embarrassed by my hopeful purchase of a dozen white tees. KEEP READING

Joy in Youth Ministry: Being Buoyed by Hope

Joy in Youth Ministry: Being Buoyed by Hope

While not-so-innocently meandering around the Hobby Lobby this month, I found myself drawn, as usual, to the décor aisles. Scattered about the adorable canvas signs (silently beckoning, “Buy me!”) I noticed a few signs with the phrase “Choose Joy” artfully painted on canvas. Before I knew it, the sign appeared in my shopping cart. (I still don’t know how that possibly could have happened!)

That little canvas hangs up on my wall where I see it daily. Some days, it’s an encouragement to me, to ask myself: where is the joy in my voice, in my eyes, in my facial expressions, or even in my driving? KEEP READING

Meet Your Teens Where They Are

Meet Your Teens Where They Are

Ministry is great, isn’t it? The teens are always smiling and laugh at all of your jokes. They are super polite to every parent and volunteer who walks through the door. They eat all of their food and even help clean up after dinner. They never speak during the talks you give and always participate fully in small group discussions. The teens obey all rules of every game so that everyone can have a good time and receive the take-home message for the night.

What’s that you say? Your program isn’t like that? Let me try again. Here are some basic rules that nearly every teen in my program just seems to know innately.  KEEP READING

Calling All Writers and Wannabe Writers!

Calling All Writers and Wannabe Writers!

ProjectYM is looking for some youth ministers and core team members to write for our blog! The ProjectYM blog is a place where readers all over the world come to find useful information to help them thrive in their ministry. We publish articles that touch the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

More Than Just Catholic Beard Balm

Though Catholic Balm Co is the creator of the original Catholic beard balm, they've got tons of other Catholic inspired products for anyone with skin, lips, or (yes) beards. Plus every purchase you make funds the ministry of ProjectYM.

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...