Susan is the Project Coordinator for Just5Days and YouthLeader programs. She also writes for Youth Ministry Access, works in marketing for the Center, and has given presentations at diocesan and national conferences, including NCCYM, NCYC, and the LA Religious Education Congress. She holds a Master of Pastoral Studies degree from Loyola University ...New Orleans and a Certificate in Youth Ministry from the Center for Ministry Development. More

In the New Year, What Will Our Response Be to Youth Who Advocate for Change?

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There is a popular holiday song called, "My Grown-up Christmas List" that tells the story of an adult remembering their childhood wishes and then writing an adult Christmas list. "Do you remember me I sat upon your knee I wrote to you with childhood fantasies Well I'm all grown up now And still need help somehow I'm not a child but my heart still c...
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Responding to Youth Who Are Struggling

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"Maybe next time!" "Sorry your grades just weren't good enough!" "Sorry you're having family problems." "Too bad you didn't make the team." There are many everyday conversations and situations in the life of a teenager that can cause pain and struggle.  As youth ministers, we accompany young people in their joys and sorrows.  &n...
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Are Arts and Crafts in Youth Ministry Still Relevant? Surprisingly Yes!

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This summer while leading Just5Days (a middle school summer mission experience) , I was taken aback by the reaction of middle school youth  to a small, simple thing . Of course, the youth loved providing service out in the community, participating in our community prayers , and all the games and activities we did. B ut , something else surpris...
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