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In my fourth grade basketball game, I whipped the ball down the court to my teammate so she could take a shot and we could win the game; in my seventh grade soccer scrimmage, I ran over another girl on the opposing team because I wanted to beat her to the ball; in my high […]

“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 more complicated, since this course […]

One of my favorite coffee chains is Dutch Bros. The coffee is fantastic, and it’s the only coffee shop I’ve ever been to that makes me want to dance at 6 AM due to their crazy, upbeat music (beware, all you non-morning people). But there is also something very special about their customer service that always […]

As I type this, I am just days away from celebrating my oldest child’s birthday. I remember that day, three years ago so well. One of the first people I called after my son’s birth was the priest at my parish. He, along with our parish staff, the youth I serve, and their families journeyed […]

Three years ago, the Lord invited Life Teen to Haiti to serve the youth and young adults in Petite Rive. We had no idea what the Lord would have in store for the day to day of the mission, but we knew He was calling people from the US to serve. Being a parish based […]

You are certainly welcome for what is now sure to be an entire day full of Frozen stuck in your head. Hopefully you’ll forgive me, because by the end of this article you will have a few secret ingredients that will allow you to grow your program to insane numbers. I mean, you really should […]

This year, the Life Teen movement is made up of 1753 parishes in 28 countries. How could one possibly feel at home in so many different locations? As a U.S. Military Brat (one who grew up as a son or daughter of a military parent, a term of endearment, really), we have a phrase “Home […]

Imagine that your young adult son walked out your front door one day in early December, and that you haven’t heard from him since. Imagine that you get a phone call from the police in late January telling you that they have found your son’s car in front of an abandoned house. Now imagine your […]

Every Spring I get several calls with the same question: “I don’t know what is happening but our numbers are dropping. We are planning great Life Nights, but the teens aren’t coming.” I then ask three very important questions: How often and in what ways is your Core Team praying together? What type of relational […]

I have learned the hard way that being a youth minister involves ministering to teens and the parish as a whole. After returning to the parish sleep deprived because I lead a Confirmation Retreat for over one hundred teens, a parishioner approached me. She wanted to inform me that a cupcake she purchased at our […]

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