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

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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Countdown to the Presidential Election: What Teens Have to Say [Free YMA Session]

Countdown to the Presidential Election: What Teens Have to Say [Free YMA Session]

It is undeniable that this presidential election is different from any other recent elections. Many reasons are contributing to this difference such as the possibility of electing the first female president and the prospect of electing not a politician but a celebrity real estate tycoon. No matter who wins the election, he or she will be entering the office during a time or great unrest in our country and around the world. Perhaps this is why so many cannot decide who to vote for come November. There are groundbreaking numbers of people who still consider themselves as undecided voters including a large majority of young people known as the millennial generation.

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Mindfulness: What is It and Why We Need to Practice It

Mindfulness: What is It and Why We Need to Practice It

While I was considering a topic for this blog post I was having a conversation with a youth minister. I mentioned that it was Friday and that I was excited about the upcoming weekend. His response was “It’s all the same to me since I work every day.” He even went on to say that “his office was his second home and he often just stayed the night there.” While I totally understand that ministry is important work, his response made me feel sad and I can’t help but think that it makes God feel sad too. After all, even Jesus took time away from “work” to rest. How can we be who our young people need us to be if do not make time to care for ourselves? This is the time of year when many parish youth ministries are gearing up for a new school year. Often times this means scheduling more activities, parent meetings, finding volunteers, and frankly more stress. How will you manage the stresses in your life? How will you model a healthy lifestyle for the young people you minister with?

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