Why Is Advent So Dark? – Youth Ministry Christian Article

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 seen a changeup in recent years is the dimming of the lights before Mass to suggest a more reflective, reverent tone when you enter the church. It makes sense with…

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Rethinking How We Plan – Youth Ministry Christian Article

I’m a planner, an organizer, a structurer-of-schedules, and a tweaker-of-timelines. I live by to-do lists and daily plans. And, yes, I’m that person who will write something on the to-do list after I have done it just to feel more accomplished. As a high school teacher, my classes are busy from bell to bell. And goodness knows that for all of the craziness that youth ministry entails, these schedules and timelines and organization are important (otherwise, we still wouldn’t have…

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Why am I a Youth Minister, Again? I Think I Forgot. – Youth Ministry Christian Article

I was pretty sure, that day, that I wanted to quit more than I ever had wanted to before. The youth had done just about everything in their power to irritate me, ignore the topic for the week, and be distracted through our prayer time. Our goal that day had been to make cookies for the upcoming cookie walk. I thought it would be really cute for them to create gingerbread men of the Saints we had been talking about.…

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Male and Female He Created Them – Youth Ministry Christian Article

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 it. I found myself three years into ministry and I was already exhausted too. Long nights, early mornings, endless work, and the inability to be with family and friends when they are…

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3 Easy Ways to Building Relationships With Your Teens – Youth Ministry Christian Article

A couple weeks ago, we were wrapping up Thrive Friday for June and I was thinking about future professional development topics and volunteer training resource ideas. Suddenly, a strange realization hit me. We spend a lot of time talking and teaching about the importance of building relationships with teenagers and how to do that. Which is a great thing, don’t get me wrong. But it sparked the question “why do we need to teach people how to be in relationship…

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Get Your Volunteers FIRED UP! – Youth Ministry Christian Article

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 your ministry. The first place to start? Your volunteers! They are the secret sauce and the key to success in your ministry. Here’s how to get your volunteers FIRED UP!…

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Getting Your Pastor FIRED UP! – Youth Ministry Christian Article

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 your Pastor, but also WITH him. Prayer is such an essential part of ministry, and if you tend to let it fall to the wayside you can set a reminder on your phone…

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No Help To Anyone – ProjectYM – Youth Ministry Christian Article

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 an insurmountable task. We have tried everything – something to draw on, quiet toys to play with, Mass books to follow along – but to no avail. Nonetheless, we…

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Getting Your Teens FIRED UP! – Youth Ministry Christian Article

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 also be sure to communicate that WHY to the teens. Young people need to understand that your ministry exists for more than just smashing pie in each others faces.…

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Getting Parents FIRED UP! – ProjectYM – Youth Ministry Christian Article

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 the bigger picture (and not just think of you as the person who takes their kid off their hands for a few hours every week.) Be Excited About THEIR Teens…

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Having “The Talk” With Your Teens: It’s An Ongoing Thing – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Most of the time our youth group meetings are a bit of a blur without a lot of opportunity for tons of one on one time. Every now and then I have a conversation with my teens that has an impact on me, if not on them. A few years ago during small groups is one such example. We just finished a talk on chastity and modesty that really only scraped the surface of what our dignity is and how…

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