And So It Begins: Preparation for the 2018 Synod On "Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment"

And So It Begins: Preparation for the 2018 Synod On "Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment"
​ The next synod of bishops in 2018 will be themed on "young people, the faith, and vocational discernment." I'm excited to think the entire Church will be discussing its ministry to young people over the next few years. I believe it's an important and urgent conversation that needs to be had. Pope Francis addressed young people in a moving le...
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Deepening the Faith of Young People with Youth Ministry Access [YMA Webinar]

Deepening the Faith of Young People
with Youth Ministry Access [YMA Webinar]
Join us for a Youth Ministry Access webinar to explore practical ways to deepen the faith of young people through catechesis and faith formation. We'll look at how you can develop more profound catechetical experiences within youth ministry. In this webinar, we will share ways you can use Youth Ministry Access in faith formation settings with young...
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Hey Young Church - We’re Listening!

Hey Young Church - We’re Listening!
In November, Papal Nuncio Christophe Pierre gave an address today at the USCCB that is a preview for the upcoming Synod on Youth and Vocation: We are called to listen. "We have been describing young people and their relationship to the Church. If we are to help young people discern God's plan for their lives, we might ask: what are they looking for...
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Why Your Organizational Culture is the Heart of Who You Are and What You Do

Why Your Organizational Culture is the Heart of Who You Are and What You Do
As 2016 ends, it is natural to look back and reflect on the positives and the negatives of the past year. It is also an exciting time to dream of all the possibilities the new year brings. Many of us do this individually by making resolutions for the new year but what about setting new intentions for your parish, youth ministry, or nonprofit organi...
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Forming and Empowering Youth as Leaders with Youth Ministry Access [YMA Webinar]

Forming and Empowering Youth as Leaders with Youth Ministry Access [YMA Webinar]
In this Youth Ministry Access webinar, we explore practical ways to help youth discover their gifts and become prepared as leaders.  We're excited to share the ways you can use Youth Ministry Access to develop the leadership skills and ability of your young people. Youth Ministry Access is a subscription resource filled with hundreds...
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Helping Youth Embrace the Uncommon Good

Helping Youth Embrace the Uncommon Good
One of my favorite writing challenges over the past several years has been partnering with Catholic Relief Services to develop FoodFast, the hunger awareness experience designed to help youth deepen their faith as they actually make a difference for those who don't have enough food. Jane Angha and I, working closely with Ted Miles of CRS, had an am...
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Re-Visioning Our Ministry with Youth

Re-Visioning Our Ministry with Youth
Have you ever gotten into your car and started driving and then noticed that the seat is too close and the mirrors are all wrong? The way the car was set up by the last driver is just not working. When that happens, you can keep going (while being uncomfortable and knowing that what you're doing isn't working) or you can recognize that it's ti...
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Planning Meaningful Prayer Experiences with Youth Ministry Access [YMA Webinar]

Planning Meaningful Prayer Experiences with Youth Ministry Access [YMA Webinar]
Personal and communal prayer are vital elements of discipleship. As we journey with young people in our ministry, planning meaningful prayer experiences can help young people explore the rich and diverse traditions of prayer. We're excited to share the ways you can use Youth Ministry Access to plan prayer experiences and help form your young people...
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Practicing Gratitude

Practicing Gratitude

Thanksgiving is much more than turkey and pumpkin pie. Though much of our time may be spent in making meal preparations and preparing for family members visiting, Thanksgiving is an opportunity to pause and reflect on the many blessings we experience.

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Beyond the Certificate [Video]

Beyond the Certificate [Video]

Are you working toward or have you completed your Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies with the Center for Ministry Development?
Are you looking for new opportunities to broaden your skills, expertise, and ministerial calling?

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