Radiating Joy and Faith!

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​There is a passage in a novel I was reading where the author describes a person riding on a bus as "radiating despair." That image resonated with me. I have been with people who radiated sadness and despair. I have also been with people who radiate hope and joy.  Throughout these holy seasons of Lent and Easter, I have been praying ...
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Want to Reach the Youth of Your Parish? Consider the Implications of Earth Day

Want to Reach the Youth of Your Parish? Consider the Implications of Earth Day
2020 will mark 50 years since 20 million Americans first took to the streets demonstrating on behalf of protecting our planet earth. Yet today, Earth Day goes barely unnoticed except for an environmentally themed "Google" search page or a few sunset Facebook or Instagram posts. While April 22 will mark Earth Day once again, one could surely ask if ...
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Confessions of a Youth Minister

Confessions of a Youth Minister
Sometimes in ministry, we seem to get it all right. Those good days where we want to scream to the mountain tops that a young person's life was transformed through youth ministry at our church. Wow! Then as quick as those days come, another one smacks you right in the face with someone who has lost their way, or another job has been added to your m...
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Hearing the Call [Free Resources for Ministry Leaders]

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Grow in How You Accompany Young People in Discernment with This Free Online Event!​ It's an exciting time for the Catholic Church as we prepare for the 2018 Synod themed on "Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment." In preparation of this important event, join us as we explore some important facets of how we, as ministry leaders, can accompany youn...
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Building Community with Young People with Youth Ministry Access [YMA Webinar]

Building Community with Young People with Youth Ministry Access [YMA Webinar]
In this webinar, we will share ways you can use Youth Ministry Access to evangelize and bear witness through community. We'll also explore how to build an environment of hospitality, love, support and appreciation with young people. Youth Ministry Access is a subscription resource filled with hundreds of sessions and resources for middle school and...
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Listen to Him

Listen to Him
On Sunday, my oldest daughter Kaelyn gave birth to a baby boy.  I saw her in a new way.  She was changed.  I saw her as a mother to my grandson.  Her identity as a mother had been true for about nine months, but it was shown to me in a greater way as I witnessed her caring for her baby.  I think this is something like the G...
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5 Tips to Fasting from Digital Technology this Lent

5 Tips to Fasting from Digital Technology this Lent
While digital technology is not evil, it can take up an inordinate amount of time and energy in our lives. As we embark on Lent, many people have decided to give up something in an effort to re-prioritize and re-commit themselves to more faithful discipleship of Jesus. This includes digital technology and social media. While I personally haven't se...
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Five Tips for Recruiting Adult Leaders for Mission Trips

Five Tips for Recruiting Adult Leaders for Mission Trips
Many of us have been privileged to see young people on summer mission trips. These trips can be life-changing—challenging the youth to simplify their lifestyles, reach out in service back home on an ongoing basis, and say yes to their baptismal call to make the world a better place. There are many factors that contribute to making a mission trip mo...
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Advice to My Former "Youth Minister" Self

Advice to My Former "Youth Minister" Self
I consider myself fortunate to have found a career in youth ministry. While I currently do not work in a diocesan or parish youth ministry office, the Center for Ministry Development keeps me involved through teaching the National Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies, by speaking to various parishes and dioceses on ministry, and by program directi...
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Building Discipleship Through Service [Webinar]

Building Discipleship Through Service [Webinar]
Pope Francis has challenged young people to get off the couch and go out to be missionary disciples. How can we support them in growing as disciples of Jesus? This webinar will provide practical strategies for engaging youth in service which is rooted in prayer, Scripture, and Catholic social teaching. We will look at service projects, family servi...
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