Bold and Loving

The room fell silent as the question was asked, “Raise your hand if you think the Catholic Church hates gay people?” Awkwardness splashed across everyone’s face like a tidal wave flooding the room. As the 250 youth looked around seeing who would be the first to raise their hand, one […]

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Now What?

As the August Edge Support box rolls into your parishes, I know many of you are in the frenzy of kicking off your semester and getting fall ministry rolling. This time of year is one of the most exciting and most stressful times in your ministry – there are a […]

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Fruit Loops and Afros

I was recently chatting with a youth minister about our memories of Edge. One of the things that stood out vividly for me was not an astonishing well executed talk – but rather the fact that I got to throw Fruit Loops at a guys face covered in shaving cream. […]

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From Edge to Life Teen: Making the Transition

One of my favorite scenes from the classic 1995 movie, “Now and Then,” shows where girls are at in their adolescent development. They are beginning the journey of becoming teenagers. Teeny: Chrissy, truth or dare? Chrissy: Truth. Teeny: Have you ever been french kissed? Chrissy: Are you kidding me? I […]

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Edge in the Classroom

“You want me to do what? Teach the eighth graders in our parish school religion three times a week? Heck yes!” I’m a youth minister – how can I say no to more time hanging out with youth and sharing my faith with them? Sure, this might be a bit […]

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Be An Advent Companion

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” unless of course you live in the many parts of the world that don’t get snow, it still looks like fall, or summer. Nonetheless it is the time of the year to put on your slippers, whip out the hot cocoa, kick up your feet, blast the Christmas tunes, and have lots of Christmas Social Nights. Right?

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The 2 Most Important Lessons When Starting Edge

The excitement, the anticipation, the preparation, the prayers, the laughter, the tears, the wonder, the awe of bringing middle school youth into a life-changing encounters with Jesus Christ. There’s nothing like it!

I am entering my 9th year of Edge and have just launched Edge at a second parish in my diocese. So, no matter where you are in your journey of all things Edge, I can probably relate to what you’re going through. Here are a couple of things I’ve learned — and often need to be reminded of — when starting Edge:

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Hello? Anyone in There?: Dealing with Distracted Youth

The Edge Night itself ran flawlessly with a very empowering proclaim about the different between needs and wants in our lives. It even featured a PowerPoint of different pictures to help keep the youth engaged; it was spot on. When we got to the time for small groups I was really excited because it had been such a great talk I was sure they would have lots to say.

So after asking the question, “What do you remember most from the talk?” I was bombarded with a deafening silence only broken by a few less than inspiring answers.

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