jheasley

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  • Doing a book study with my Core Team has been one of the best experiences I've had in ministry. We reflect on a different spiritual author every semester and spend part of our Core Team meeting in prayer before the blessed sacrament followed by refl…
  • If I had 10 minutes a day to spend with high school youth, instead of using a devotional book... I'd teach them a different type of prayer and practice it with them for a month at a time. I might start with something simple like The Examen by Saint …
  • I encourage teens to bring their phones. We incorporate them in a variety of different ways whether it's having them text, snap, and insta before a big event inviting their friends. Or sending out messages to the kids in their small groups who didn'…
  • Min Hub Youth. It's an app that you can download that help you to organize student info, event tracking, stats and trends for each event, connections between Core and students, and individualized texts to students. It's a lifesaver and its cheap.
  • I think that it's important to address hot button topics in a very blunt, honest, straightforward, and vulnerable way. Testimony is 100% necessary to let teens know that they aren't alone in their struggle. We need to relate all of these topics back…
  • One of my favorite resources for games is "Best-Ever Games for Youth Ministry" by Les Christie.
  • I'm all about encouraging our teens to be off their phones during retreats, but I have never been the youth minister that collects phones during a retreat. I try to do my best to set ground rules and give the kids the freedom to make a choice. If th…
  • These are some of my favorite podcasts to listen to: Catholic Stuff You Should Know, SQPN: The Break, Pints With Aquinas, Integrity Restored Podcast, The RELEVANT Podcast, Ex-Youth Pastors Podcast, The Red Couch Podcast with Propaganda and Alma, and…
  • I'm all about the notion that as youth ministers we're called, not simply to offer events at our parish that impact youth, but to meet young people "literally" where they are at. One of the ways that I try to do this regularly is by scheduling time …