This issue of Amplify features a wide variety of articles covering everything from ideas on how to help your youth enter more fully into Advent, to how to plan a retreat and still keep your sanity. Make sure to check out the new Christmas themed Social and Issue Night to help you amp up your […]
Edge Nights create the engaging, interactive setting for comprehensive catechesis within the Edge middle school ministry. This resource provides outlines for eight Edge Nights, designed to be adapted to meet the needs of your middle school youth and your parish. This semester is focused on the Creed and is the second semester in our new […]
Prepare for the best year ever – whether you are starting out in youth ministry or are an experienced veteran this year has the potential to be one that will transform the lives of teenagers at your parish. The best year ever doesn’t just happen; it requires prayer, persistence, and planning. This issue of Spotlight […]
Kyle unpacks the concepts of vocation, modesty, purity, and relationships from the perspective of a guy. With tiny chapters and humor, even the shortest attention will enjoy reading this micro book. The questions and challenges at the end of each chapter make it great to read alone, or with a group of girls. For more […]
“Into the Deep” provides teenagers at your parish catechesis that goes deeper into Sacred Scripture and the teachings of our Catholic Church, challenging teachings and small group questions. This “Into the Deep” is designed to be used with small groups of six to ten teenage girls and explores the four different relationships that a woman […]
Song suggestions, homily suggestions, and the Sunday readings for the First Sunday of Advent (November 30th, 2014) to the Fifth Sunday of Lent (March 22nd, 2015) in Year B of the Liturgical Cycle.
“In Speak Up: Tips on Presenting to Modern Teens, Mark Hart will empower you with necessary and practical tips and insights. Speak Up effectively covers how to develop different types of presentations while offering practical advice on how to consistently refine and improve. You’ll even hear from several of the most effective Catholic speakers to modern youth – Leah Darrow, […]
This Curriculum Guide contains Life Nights about grace, the Sacrament of Baptism, the Sacrament of Confirmation, the Sacrament of the Eucharist, the Sacraments of Healing, and the Sacraments at the Service of Communion. These Life Nights are well-suited for youth groups that are starting and require a basic theological foundation.
#Shift is a service-focused week retreat for high school teenagers designed to help them deepen their ability to see the face of Christ in the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized. Teenagers experience the different social issues of their community during the week; they will also learn what the Catholic Church is doing around the world to […]
Welcome to our new Edge Semester Planning Guide! Be sure to look through the whole book and check out all the new things. Whether you are a veteran to Edge or this is your first semester, we wanted to take some time to explain some of the new sections in your curriculum guides, why we […]
This retreat has been designed to take middle school youth on a day-long journey through their story – past, present, and future. It challenges youth to see how Christ redeems our past history, sins, and hurts. It calls them to walk with Christ every day. Finally, the retreat helps middle school youth look forward to […]
This volume of Amplify contains articles to help you get off to a great start with this next year of your Edge ministry. Check out the article titled Getting Started to help you plan for your year in order to bring your best to the youth that you serve. Also take sometime to prayerfully reflect […]
This issue of Spotlight focuses on mission and evangelization. It includes articles that share stories and advice about how to love and evangelize those that are hardest to love or that we consider enemies, encouraging teenagers to consider mission work, and give a glimpse into the mission field of Europe. This issue includes two high-energy […]
“The Summit,” is our new Curriculum Guide that leads teenagers into a rich understanding of the Mass, and challenges them to make worship at Mass the source and summit of their lives. A renewed understanding of the liturgy will transform the lives of the teens you serve, as well as transform the life of your […]
Have you ever been bored, confused, or intrigued at Mass? Mark Hart helps you not only understand what happens at Mass, but who you are encountering – Jesus Christ. Find our more at http://lifeteen.com/store/.
Song suggestions, homily suggestions, and the Sunday readings for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 13, 2014) through the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King (November 23, 2014) in Year A of the Liturgical cycles.
Brick is written specifically with high school freshmen and sophomores in mind. This retreat shares the simple Gospel message that Jesus was sent to take on our punishment for sin and reconcile us back to God. The goal of this retreat is to introduce teenagers to the Person of Christ and the Paschal Mystery. Teenagers are challenged to acknowledge Jesus Christ as their savior and enter into a deeper relationship with Him.
At the beginning of the retreat, teenagers are each given a brick. This brick is carried with them through the first three sessions and represents the weight of sin that they carry with them. After teenagers receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, they place their brick at the foot of the cross. They learn that, freed from sin, we are called to put our hope in Christ and make him our firm foundation. Teens are given a brick at the final session, now painted white and labeled with “1 Peter 2:6-7” as a reminder that Jesus is the Cornerstone of their faith.
Without the Resurrection there is no Christianity, no Catholic Church. This retreat is a resource to help you break open the Resurrection narratives with your middle school youth in a dynamic way; to invite them to immerse themselves in the events, which have shaped our faith. We have our faith thanks to the fortitude, wisdom, […]
Welcome to your new Edge Semester Planning Guide! Whether this is your first Edge semester or your tenth, we wanted to take some time and point out various sections from the Edge Nights and give our thoughts on why we included them and advice on how to incorporate them.
This volume of Amplify features an article and Edge Night based on Life Teen’s annual theme for 2014, INSPIRE[D]. Be sure to also check out the other articles covering an array of topics from a personal testimony of doing prison ministry, to how to do a good Send. This issues also features new Issue and […]
Song suggestions, homily suggestions, and the Sunday readings for the 1st Sunday of Lent (March 9, 2014) through the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 6, 2014) in Year A of the Liturgical cycles.
The goal of this retreat is to help parents put down roots of faith in Jesus Christ and invite Christ to bring healing and uproot areas of their lives that do not bring life (fruit). This retreat will also challenge the parents to stay rooted in Christ though the different storms and seasons of life.
This Into the Deep explores Life Issues, including abortion, poverty, and end of life care. Each session challenges teenagers to become pro-life advocates in their world, and helps them understand the unique dignity of every person.
We have all been there before: sitting on the filthy, frigid gym floors, halogen lights obnoxiously buzzing overhead, deafening silence, and the teens avoiding eye contact with you at all costs. Oh, the dreaded small group! This Life Teen Training DVD covers the basics facilitating and navigating small group discussions. This training will explain how to […]
This issue of Spotlight introduces Life Teen’s 2014 year theme: Inspire[d]. It includes a Life Night to help teenagers dive into the theme of the year, as well as an article for youth ministers about the theme. This issue also features an emphasis on finding balance in ministry; three articles are dedicated especially to single and married youth ministers, and youth ministers that are parents.
What if we believed that God has a purpose and a plan for us?
What if we looked to God and followed His direction for our lives?
What if we were in touch with our desires and allowed God to meet us in our place of need?
What if we surrendered our lives to God?
What if true freedom was a reality for us every day of our lives?
What if we lived our life without assumptions?
What if our relationship with God determined everything else in our life?
What if our dialogue with God was an ongoing conversation that brought life to our hearts?
What if our relationship with God determined everything else in our life?
What if we lived our lives knowing and living out the mission God gives to us?
This volume of Amplify features articles on how to stay refreshed in ministry, the popular app vine, how to use humor in the proclaim, and how to handle bad behavior in small groups. Check out the Issue Nights on Pope Francis and Profanity, and also the Mardi Gras Social Night.
The goal of this resource is to provide the teenagers at your parish with catechesis that goes deeper into Sacred Scripture and the teachings of our Catholic Church. The sessions contained in this resource are more challenging in their teachings and small group questions, all geared towards teens that are seeking more than the typical Life Night provides. This Into the Deep explores the role of Mary in our faith. As Catholics, we know that Mary is a critical part of our faith and our understanding of Christ, but fail to have a vibrant relationship with Christ through her. These four sessions look at the role of Mary as Mother of the Church, as our intercessor to Christ, the words Mary spoke and how they point us to Christ, and how to have a healthy devotion to Mary. Each session will challenge teenagers to strengthen their relationship with Christ through Mary, and will also provide them with a foundation to explain Marian teaching to their friends.
This issue of Spotlight highlights Stewardship. As children of God, we’re called to be good stewards of everything God has created and gifted us with. Explore the multitude of ways we can help our teens be good stewards of their gifts, talents, and Creation in this issue of Spotlight.
Song suggestions, homily suggestions, and the Sunday readings for 1st Sunday of Advent (December 1, 2013) through the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time (March 2, 2014) in Year A of the Liturgical cycles.
The goal of this retreat is to introduce middle school youth to Mary.
This issue of Amplify is all about helping our middle-school with their identity as children of God, especially their sexual identity. Make sure to take some time to read through all of the articles about chastity, sexuality, homosexuality, and safe environment topics to help you navigate these difficult and important topics.
Having balance in our life is something that doesn’t necessarily come easy or natural. We can all admit that life is busy, hectic and stressful. The life of a college student or young adult in particular is one of those seasons of life where things can get overwhelming. Do I study or go out? Do I hang with friends or go to work? Do I decide on a major of just keep pushing the decision away? Do I wait to the last minute or do I start planning ahead? These questions and more are always looming in our life. Finding balance during this season of life is important. So, where do we start? We must start by making our decisions with the end in mind.
Like packing, living a life of balance is an art form and it’s something that we learn how to do. As a young adult, this season of your life is preparing you for the rest of your journey. Learning the right skills for your life is essential. If you don’t learn to minimize your baggage now it will wear you down later in life. We all desire to travel light, to be free! Authentic freedom is something we all desire. We all yearn to be free from the things that keep us from living the life God has designed for us.
Should I study? Should I go to grad school? If so, where? Should I get married, and if so, then who do I choose? As a young adult you are faced with many decisions. Learning to eliminate options and prioritize things in your busy life is important. As you get older choices get bigger and harder. Learning to eliminate options that keep you from choosing the best option is key to living a balanced, healthy, faith-filled life. Every choice you make matters and will lead you towards or away from where you need to go.
In this study we will dive a bit deeper into something that we rarely talk about: Discipline! The word “discipline” seems to have a negative tone. When we think of this word it’s often associated with a negative thought or experience. However, discipline can be a really good thing. Discipline is needed in all of our lives, thus, without discipline in our life chaos remains.
So why is commitment important to living a balanced life? The answer to this question is simple. Commitment is what holds everything together — it’s the hinge- pin. Without commitment the process of living a healthy and balanced life falters. So what is commitment? Commitment is being totally dedicated to a cause. Everything you will work for and do in your life will require commitment from you