The 5 Habits of Healthy Youth Ministers

In the world of working with teenagers, MINISTRY. NEVER. ENDS.

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If Only! Comparison in Youth Ministry

I don’t know about you, but the teens at my parish often drove a nicer car than I ever did. In fact, when I graduated college, my first grown up purchase was a car. It was from the showroom of a local dealership, which helped save some money. To help […]

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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 […]

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I Quit! Dealing With Discouragement in Ministry

Oh if I had a dollar for every time I uttered those words in parish youth ministry, I certainly wouldn’t be playing the lottery this month! I’m Kidding. Each time I mentioned it, I’m pretty sure I was never actually definitive on quitting. I said that numerous times because I […]

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Childlike Christmas

Just shy of four years ago, I became a mom to a spunky, blue-eyed, fair-skinned redhead girl who has taught me a lot about myself, my life, and my relationship with God. Whether it’s excitement over some free stickers at the dentist office, or a complete meltdown because I asked […]

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Paperwork, Paperwork, Paperwork

Confession: I love binders. When I was working in the parish, the following gave me joy (in no particular order): Mass at the end of a retreat Taco Tuesday A Clean youth room Lunch with middle schoolers The month of August My Core Team And… Binders I loved the binders […]

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God In My Chaos

Can I paint you a picture for a minute? Not one of those fancy, artistic and creative pictures, but the real life chaos that sometimes invades my day. I’m sure you’ve been there. Whether in your personal, ministry or spiritual lives, “those” days happen. It was a Monday, you know […]

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Dear Dad…

Dad, Happy Father’s Day! I could write the usual “dad’s day” stuff I write in every card, every year, for the last 20+ years. I know what I’ve written and said and colored because you’ve kept everything. I saw them all tucked away in a box in your office a […]

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Spring Cleaning

I love cleaning. My vacuum is one of my best friends. Okay, not really, but the OCD nerd inside of me did get excited about the new dustbuster I just purchased. I guess because deep down cleaning gives me a sense of control. I used to say that either my […]

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