Beyond the Walls: Five outreach strategies that work

So how do you reach them outside of the physical walls of the church? First, you meet them where they are at. So, here are five places where you will find teenagers and strategies to reach them.

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The Least Wonderful Time of the Year: When Holidays Aren’t So Happy

Growing up I loved holidays and all of the traditions my family had. But, all of a sudden, my once joyful and happy holiday experience was different, very different and sad. It was only through my relationship with Jesus, prayer, and good friends that helped me navigate the least wonderful time of the year.

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Family Matters: Families in Ministry

Ministry with your families can be tricky, but it can also be one of the most life-giving blessings to your life as a family.

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4 Things St. Faustina Taught Me About Mercy

Saint Faustina’s life is validation that Jesus can make the ordinary extraordinary. Even though we may not experience these same profound images of Jesus in our daily lives, we can look to Faustina as an instrument of total humility and trust in the Lord.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Real Friends

Friendship is a topic we talk about all the time, but how exactly do we recognize when a friendship is going sour or even the joys and challenges in friendship? How do we identify when friends are not good friends?

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Staying *Fresh* As a Youth Minister

You’re 100 percent who God has designed you to be. Because of the internet, most are used to differences. Sometimes they’re not. In the end, we all want to hear, “well done, my good and faithful servant.”

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Fruitfulness from Loss: Losing Someone in Ministry

This year has me thinking a lot about my own fruitfulness. Sometimes I get caught up in the attendance numbers or what other youth ministers are doing and get discouraged wondering if I’m producing any fruit. In the Gospels, Jesus makes it pretty clear though, that fruitfulness is his business and faithfulness is ours.

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Grateful for a new Edge Support Box

This is the time of year when we collectively focus on gratitude. As your Edge Support Coordinator, I am grateful for you and your commitment to walking with the middle school youth in your parish. Life Teen exists to empower and equip you to lead teens closer to Christ, so I’d love to know how we did with these November 2021 resources. You can contact me directly or respond through our follow-up survey.

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Five How-To’s from Thérèse of Lisieux.

Thérèse models a little way of realistic holiness for all of us. She desired to be great, not in her performances or actions, but in the quiet of her heart, learning to love as Christ Himself loved. So may she serve for us all as a great model of Christian virtues and a generous heart. Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, pray for us!

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50 Fun and Free Ideas for Fall

We took some ideas off, added new goals, and reflected on the importance of embracing what the different seasons of our lives can do for us. Fall is an exciting time to spend getting creative with the people you love and also super worthwhile for our spiritual life!

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