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You’re not supposed to be here – Youth Ministry Christian Article

One Tuesday night, around 10:15, my doorbell rang. I wasn’t expecting anyone to be stopping by my house that day, much less at bedtime, so I confusedly made my way to the door to see what nitwit would be showing up so late, ready to give them a piece of my mind about etiquette and prior notice of arrival. And then I heard someone singing Unchained Melody. Immediately recognizing the voice, I yanked open the door and there, standing on…

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Why is Joseph an Important Part of the Story? – ProjectYM – Youth Ministry Christian Article

It’s so easy to get swept up in the Advent season to get excited about Mary and Elizabeth and John the Baptist and on and on and on. There are so many giants of our faith in Advent that it’s easy to glance over Joseph. He is huge figure in the life of Jesus and an example to us as parents, teens and all Catholics. Here are two takeaways from his role as Jesus’ papa. Quit Talking and Listen There…

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Calling All Writers and Wannabe Writers! – Youth Ministry Christian Article

ProjectYM is looking for some youth ministers and core team members to write for our blog! The ProjectYM blog is a place where readers all over the world come to find useful information to help them thrive in their ministry. We publish articles that touch the heart, give witness to the glory of God, offer “How-to’s” and action items for youth ministers to try out with their teens,And….what we lovingly call “Listicles” What is a listicle? A “listicle” is an article that…

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Meet Your Teens Where They Are, Not Where You Want Them to Be – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Ministry is great, isn’t it? The teens are always smiling and laugh at all of your jokes. They are super polite to every parent and volunteer who walks through the door. They eat all of their food and even help clean up after dinner. They never speak during the talks you give and always participate fully in small group discussions. The teens obey all rules of every game so that everyone can have a good time and receive the take-home…

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Joy in Youth Ministry: Being Buoyed by Hope – Youth Ministry Christian Article

While not-so-innocently meandering around the Hobby Lobby this month, I found myself drawn, as usual, to the décor aisles. Scattered about the adorable canvas signs (silently beckoning, “Buy me!”) I noticed a few signs with the phrase “Choose Joy” artfully painted on canvas. Before I knew it, the sign appeared in my shopping cart. (I still don’t know how that possibly could have happened!) That little canvas hangs up on my wall where I see it daily. Some days, it’s…

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Your Worth as a Youth Minister – Youth Ministry Christian Article

One of the worst feelings I have ever felt was on a Sunday night in the middle of the summer. Ihad prepared a fun youth event that included tye-dye and a bible study on the Creation story.Ten minutes had gone by and no one had showed up. Not a single soul. I sat in the chair, tryingnot to look pathetic in case one lone teen would saunter in the room. My heart was racing and Ifelt sort of sick to…

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Supporting Your Teens While Social Distancing – Youth Ministry Christian Article

It’s not always the case that we can know with certainty that we are living through a historic time. The COVID-19 pandemic has made that the only certain thing we can know at this point. With the news reports changing everyday, the number of cases fluctuating world-wide, and state governments issuing “stay at home” orders left and right, it can feel as though all the tools in your ministry belt are now useless. Fear not! Your teens need you now…

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The Breakdown of Perfection – What Does it Mean to be Perfect? – Youth Ministry Christian Article

In the Gospel of Matthew, right after the beatitudes and in the midst of the Sermon on the Mount, Christ speaks to his disciples about loving your enemies and then gives them the highest expectation: “Be perfect just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Mt. 5:48) Pluck your eye out if it causes you to sin! If you divorce, you’re committing adultery! Don’t make promises you can’t keep! Don’t be vengeful; turn the other cheek! Love your enemies! Be perfect…

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5 Things To Do To Map Out Your Best Fall Calendar – Youth Ministry Christian Article

(A quick note from our Blog Editor: I know, I know. WHY on EARTH am I sharing this blog about planning for FALL? We are in the midst of a worldwide pandemic and have no idea when or how our ministry will start meeting in person again, much less what the new school year will hold! But hear me out friends: This too shall pass. And when it does, it would be helpful to already have a clear vision and…

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5 Things To Do To Map Out Your Best Fall Calendar – Youth Ministry Christian Article

(A quick note from our Blog Editor: I know, I know. WHY on EARTH am I sharing this blog about planning for FALL? We are in the midst of a worldwide pandemic and have no idea when or how our ministry will start meeting in person again, much less what the new school year will hold! But hear me out friends: This too shall pass. And when it does, it would be helpful to already have a clear vision and…

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The Breakdown of Perfection – What Does it Mean to be Perfect? – Youth Ministry Christian Article

In the Gospel of Matthew, right after the beatitudes and in the midst of the Sermon on the Mount, Christ speaks to his disciples about loving your enemies and then gives them the highest expectation: “Be perfect just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Mt. 5:48) Pluck your eye out if it causes you to sin! If you divorce, you’re committing adultery! Don’t make promises you can’t keep! Don’t be vengeful; turn the other cheek! Love your enemies! Be perfect…

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Supporting Your Teens While Social Distancing – Youth Ministry Christian Article

It’s not always the case that we can know with certainty that we are living through a historic time. The COVID-19 pandemic has made that the only certain thing we can know at this point. With the news reports changing everyday, the number of cases fluctuating world-wide, and state governments issuing “stay at home” orders left and right, it can feel as though all the tools in your ministry belt are now useless. Fear not! Your teens need you now…

Read More

Your Worth as a Youth Minister – Youth Ministry Christian Article

One of the worst feelings I have ever felt was on a Sunday night in the middle of the summer. Ihad prepared a fun youth event that included tye-dye and a bible study on the Creation story.Ten minutes had gone by and no one had showed up. Not a single soul. I sat in the chair, tryingnot to look pathetic in case one lone teen would saunter in the room. My heart was racing and Ifelt sort of sick to…

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Joy in Youth Ministry: Being Buoyed by Hope – Youth Ministry Christian Article

While not-so-innocently meandering around the Hobby Lobby this month, I found myself drawn, as usual, to the décor aisles. Scattered about the adorable canvas signs (silently beckoning, “Buy me!”) I noticed a few signs with the phrase “Choose Joy” artfully painted on canvas. Before I knew it, the sign appeared in my shopping cart. (I still don’t know how that possibly could have happened!) That little canvas hangs up on my wall where I see it daily. Some days, it’s…

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Meet Your Teens Where They Are, Not Where You Want Them to Be – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Ministry is great, isn’t it? The teens are always smiling and laugh at all of your jokes. They are super polite to every parent and volunteer who walks through the door. They eat all of their food and even help clean up after dinner. They never speak during the talks you give and always participate fully in small group discussions. The teens obey all rules of every game so that everyone can have a good time and receive the take-home…

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Calling All Writers and Wannabe Writers! – Youth Ministry Christian Article

ProjectYM is looking for some youth ministers and core team members to write for our blog! The ProjectYM blog is a place where readers all over the world come to find useful information to help them thrive in their ministry. We publish articles that touch the heart, give witness to the glory of God, offer “How-to’s” and action items for youth ministers to try out with their teens,And….what we lovingly call “Listicles” What is a listicle? A “listicle” is an article that…

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How to Spot Red Flags in Prospective Volunteers – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Thankfully, it’s not often that someone walks into the youth office with a desire to do damage. Unfortunately, we often miss red flags in volunteers who have a great desire to do good, but end up causing harm. We’re going to tackle some common misconceptions about youth ministry volunteers and then discuss how to say no to the wrong people so that we can say yes to the right people. *One note: By “wrong” people for the job, I am…

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Why is Joseph an Important Part of the Story? – ProjectYM – Youth Ministry Christian Article

It’s so easy to get swept up in the Advent season to get excited about Mary and Elizabeth and John the Baptist and on and on and on. There are so many giants of our faith in Advent that it’s easy to glance over Joseph. He is huge figure in the life of Jesus and an example to us as parents, teens and all Catholics. Here are two takeaways from his role as Jesus’ papa. Quit Talking and Listen There…

Read More

You’re not supposed to be here – Youth Ministry Christian Article

One Tuesday night, around 10:15, my doorbell rang. I wasn’t expecting anyone to be stopping by my house that day, much less at bedtime, so I confusedly made my way to the door to see what nitwit would be showing up so late, ready to give them a piece of my mind about etiquette and prior notice of arrival. And then I heard someone singing Unchained Melody. Immediately recognizing the voice, I yanked open the door and there, standing on…

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Create Space For Grace – Orange Leaders – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Have you ever felt stunned when a child or teenager shares something shocking? Have you ever witnessed a crisis happening and wondered what to do? Have you ever watched a student leave your church knowing the fears that wait for them at home or at school? Have you ever been invited to know more about a kid’s inner battle but haven’t been sure what to say? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’re probably a parent, a…

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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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