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Core Values: Core Retreat

You have to stand for something or you will fall for anything. The old adage is just as true today, especially for us in youth ministry. There are so many demands and requests made of a youth ministry program at the parish. Everyone seems to have an opinion on what the youth program should look like, do, not do, cost and accomplish. With all these (often conflicting) ideas flying around, how can a youth ministry program create a clear identity? Better yet, how can the adults involved in the ministry know what they are working for?

It was exactly this kind of “identity crisis” that the movement of Life Teen wanted to avoid. Following the prompting of the Holy Spirit, we wanted a clear vision of who we are as a movement in the Catholic Church. We wanted to define our defining characteristics. In 2002, through much prayer and discernment, Life Teen came up with our seven Core Values:  Love, Eucharistic Spirituality, Faithfulness to Primary Vocation, Joy, Authenticity, Affirmation, Evangelization.

This retreat resource is based off the book Core Values: a Spiritual Guide for Core Members. Many of the “teaching points” for each session is taken directly from the book. It is highly recommended that each Core member be given a copy of the book to read before the retreat. This will help the Core team enter more fully into the sessions. The book can also be given as a “retreat gift” at the beginning of the retreat for the Core team to read and pray through on (and after) the retreat.

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