The Holy Spirit Will Teach You Everything

A few years ago, I traveled to Philadelphia for a Theology of the Body course taught by Christopher West. I was both excited and nervous and found myself in a ministry setting where I knew no one, which is a bit strange for me. After the introduction session, I moved […]

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Tired and Exhausted

I’m tired. I’ve been wondering what I’m doing in ministry with teens. I come home most nights feeling defeated and rejected. Our Core is tired. Our numbers at Life Nights are down. And it seems like every time I turn around someone is telling me how things can be improved […]

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Practical Tips: Ministering to Teens on the Autism Spectrum

It’s Sunday night; you know what that means? Life Night! You walk into the youth room and hear Matt Maher singing, “Lord I Need You” and walk through the game plan for the night with the rest of the Core Team. It’s a little different than usual, and you like […]

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They’ll Know We AREN’T Christians…

It was the simplest and first lesson I learned in Sunday school. We even had a song we sang to learn it: “They’ll know we are Christians by our love, By our love. Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.” The concept and cheesy hymn come from this […]

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Unfinished

God isn’t finished. For the times that we look in the mirror and think, “That’s it – I’ve gone too far, messed up too much, and I’m way too broken,” God responds, “I’m not finished with you.” In the moments we believe we’ve done all we can in ministry, that […]

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EDGE REVAMP

Have you ever played the game – what would my life be like if I never found Jesus? All the times that I have it has ended up quite humorous and I usually get pegged as being a pagan hippie in Colorado living in a tree house … But for […]

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Launching Jesus in a Military Community

A flurry of excitement, nerves, and energy abound when a military community is moving toward change; especially when it involves our youth. When we adults look back to our time as young persons, most of us feel a sense of nostalgia for the energy and fortitude we once had, the […]

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Peter: From Fisher of Men to Shepherd of Sheep

Nine years ago, God started inviting me to close doors in ministry. This action, however painful, brought me so much fulfillment. I was involved in multiple diocesan events, on teams for leadership institutes, volunteering for Life Teen as an Area Contact, and serving as a youth minister at a large […]

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Spotify Playlists for Life Night Series and More

Have you ever felt out of touch with today’s music on a secular and Christian level? Not sure what is safe to play and what is popular with teens? Are you looking for new worship music for an upcoming retreat or XLT? Well, Life Teen has you covered! We are […]

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On Behalf of My Fellow Teens…

What are they thinking? It’s laughable the number of times I’ve heard this from one of my parents, teachers, insert-other-adult-mentor-here. Usually, they’re referring to some new piercing trend, but occasionally they’re talking about more important things, and I wind up with the job of trying to explain my peers. Let […]

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