Summer Event Follow-Up: Twenty Ideas

Bruce Lee, one of the world’s greatest martial arts masters once said, “the successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” The can be said of youth ministers. Successful youth ministers do not simply bring teenagers to summer events. They plan, with laser-like focus, the follow up before they […]

Summer as Opportunity

Game nights, movie nights, bible studies, mass and lunch days, baseball games, ultimate frisbee games, praise & worship nights… the list of summer planning opportunities is endless. I’m not referring to the mission trips, Steubenville Conferences, Life Teen Camp, or other “big” events that would demand long-term planning and fundraising. […]

Yeah…but…

I walked into the retreat almost completely defeated. As I shared with my small group, people’s faces went from empathetic to confused as I shared: Things this year have been amazing. We see more and more teens every week. We have a great peer group. We built a brand new […]

God the Father

It was in a quaint, beautiful church in Assisi, Italy where I had a realization that I could truly, totally, and fully trust in God. We had spent the day seeing the sights, praying before the San Damiano Cross, eating great food, drinking incredible wine, and strolling the streets that […]

Pentecost and the Priesthood

In my life, I have been blessed to attend a few ordinations, and I have to say, an ordination is hands down my favorite sacrament to witness. I know, I should say it’s a wedding or a baby’s baptism, but they just don’t compare. Witnessing men willingly lie prostrate on a […]

Rest is Best

“I have so much to do!” Ever said those words? I hope you’re laughing because you likely have at some point this week, if not sometime already this day. I know I’ve had it on repeat in my head. The other day a youth minister told me that she worked […]

Cruise Control Engaged?

I love long road trips. My kids are trained, and can go a full day in the Millennium Falcon (that’s what we call our van) with just a few stops for restroom and stretch breaks. We’ve driven across the country, and up and down the coast numerous times, and our […]

European Training Conference in Barcelona: Life Teen at Work

My My My Barcelona Barcelona: a city that encapsulates the richness of an ancient history with modern flair and vibrancy from art and architecture to exquisite food may have a new surprise in store. A spiritual revival that has its own unique texture and foundation is in the making. That […]

Ten Things Your Student With Autism Wishes You Knew: Part I

There’s a book given to me when I first started working with teens on the Autism Spectrum: Ten Things Your Student With Autism Wishes You Knew by Ellen Notbohm. The old college student in me thought, “Yay…a book…for me to read…since I love reading so much…Not!” Little did I know […]