Sneak Preview – Summit

A thriving and healthy youth ministry often includes many components, but there are three that are common among any parish youth group forming disciples. A Eucharistic-centered ministry anchored in the Sunday liturgy Large group catechesis and evangelization through weekly gatherings, retreats, and large-scale events Small discipleship groups that meet regularly […]

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Arise and Shine: Mark 7:31-37

When was the last time you really used your voice? I don’t mean in casual conversation. I don’t mean to talk about the upcoming football season. I am not talking about the last teaching you gave at an Edge Night or Life Night. When was the last time you used […]

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Sneak Preview – Unleashed

You see teenagers grow up through Edge and fall in love with Christ. As they participate in Life Nights and retreats in high school they grow as disciples. Then, they come into your office and say it – I’m ready to go deeper. I need to know how to defend […]

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Arise and Shine: John 6:60-69

Youth ministry will break your heart. The progression is inevitable. We begin the youth ministry season with high hopes and expectations. We attend a training conference like Empower or the Catholic Youth Ministry Convention, and we are convicted of the necessity for youth ministry. We are ready to be sent […]

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Sneak Preview – Life Night Series

For 30 years, Life Nights have engaged the hearts of teenagers and helped them develop a deeper relationship with Christ. Life Night guides have taken a variety of forms, our most recent version following the USCCB framework for high school catechesis. We’ve taken the best Life Nights from those semesters […]

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Arise and Shine (John 6:51-58)

Think of the last time you were hungry. Really hungry. Not bored hungry. Not, “Wow, I just saw a McDonald’s commercial and now I realize I’m hungry.” Not, “Meh, I suppose I could eat something.” As we think about it, many of us may not experience the kind of aching […]

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Arise and Shine (John 6:1-15)

I don’t bring much to ministry. I used to think that I did. I thought I had ninja youth ministry skills that would help me convert many. I thought I had secret knowledge far above my contemporaries. I believed that, through my words, many souls would be converted to Christ. […]

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Arise and Shine (Mark 6:7-13)

The beautiful part of a budget (if such a thing can exist) is that it provides you with a scapegoat. Oh, your youth group isn’t going well? It is probably the budget. You have low numbers? Definitely would have more teens with a bigger budget. You don’t have any Core […]

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Arise and Shine (Mark 5:21-43)

Does a relationship with Christ matter? When you first read that question, your initial response was probably, “Yes! Totally! It is super important and awesome!” Calm down. Sit back in your chair. Reflect for a while longer. A few questions may help: If someone didn’t know you and observed your […]

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Arise and Shine (Mark 4:26-34)

It was just an off-handed compliment. Or it was an action that seemed meaningless at the time. That moment of service that required almost no energy and took less than 30 seconds. You found out later how deep the impact was. You learned how that one moment changed the life […]

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