How to Thank Your Core

In the midst of all that madness, here is your gentle reminder to practice gratitude, my dear youth minster friend.

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Core Team Spirituality

A Core Team that prays together stays together. If that sounds familiar, it’s likely because there is a well know quote that says, “A family that prays together stays together”. However, the word family doesn’t need to be changed to Core Team either. After all, Core Teams usually become second families. […]

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How to Obtain Core Retreat Success

Here are a few questions I tend to ask myself about Core Team Retreats… Why Should I plan/attend a Core Retreat? Teens. Teens are the ultimate reason I became a youth minister⎯I love being with the teens. However, there’s this other group of people that cannot and should not be […]

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Thank You Core Team

Dear Core Team Members, Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Seriously, thank you (insert my genuine voice saying thank you here)! We all know that middle and high schoolers, as well as myself, don’t say thank you often enough. I want you to know how very grateful I am for […]

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What my Teacher-Self Wishes My Youth-Minister Self Knew: Casting a Wider Net

There are other teens out there! I distinctly remember standing in my classroom, looking at my students after having just graded a set of papers. I was struck by the level of pain and suffering they carry on their shoulders—mostly hidden from everyone. As their teacher, they had given me […]

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Arise and Shine: John 6:51-58

“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.” I think the disciples and followers of Christ are a bit confused in the Gospel today. They are fixated more on what Christ […]

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All Aboard! Starting the Year as a Team

It was my second year at a parish, and the Core Team was coming together for our planning and fun day before the semester got started. When I say “Core Team,” I am referring to some people who had said yes just a few days prior along with those who […]

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Arise and Shine (Mark 6:30-34)

“When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.” (Mark 6:34) I don’t know about you, but this week I think I reached the tipping point of […]

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Pilgrim Core: 24/7

It’s that time of year again. Youth ministers and Core Teams around the country have begun preparing for another year of leading teens closer to Christ. Many of us are coming off a summer camp or mission trip “high” and are getting all the pieces in place for another amazing […]

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Ministering to Ministers: The Value of a Strong Core

Any youth minister will tell you, a good Core Team is invaluable to your ministry, and having a team of faithful volunteers is what makes or breaks a youth program. Without the support of holy men and women who understand the vision of the ministry and have a desire to […]

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