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  • I have not, but maybe using an existing EDGE or life Night and adapting it could be helpful and maybe incorporating a teaching Mass? There is an EDGE night called "Source and Summit" and also Altaration by Ascension Presents could be helpful!
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  • I have struggled with this too. I find having clear expectations, responsibility and a core covenant so they know what they are committing to, and doing periodic assessments will often help people see when they need to be removed from ministry, or a…
  • Finding something they are passionate about and having them teach me all about it.
  • Let him be a part of the visioning process for your ministry. Tell him when issues or trends are happening in teen culture so he can address them from the pulpit at the youth mass. I also heard of a priest who, when a young man is interested by in t…
  • I heard of a great system where you personally invite teens each year to enter into a new experience each summer. I think it was: Freshman: Parish retreat Sophomore: Steubenville Junior: Summer camp Senior: LTLC Don't feel like you have to …
  • Go where they are. If they aren't coming to the parish, find a way to minister on the school campus. Get cleared and come for their Christian club, as a volunteer or an aide. Bring red vines, youth ministry flyers and just do relational ministry. Te…
  • Having a Mass where teens can participate in the liturgy as lectors, musicians, greeters, ushers and Eucharistic Ministers (once they are Confirmed) makes a bigger difference than having a Mass that simply has more contemporary worship. That is a gr…
  • If your pastor is on board, planning a Sunday where teens can share a witness or testimony from the event at Mass(es). Creating small groups that can continue for accountability, support, prayer and discipleship is a great follow up that will be …
  • Start by realizing you and your pastor are on the same team. Ask him, "what is your vision for youth ministry here at the parish? What are the challenges, needs and opportunities as you see them?" Then you can have a conversation about any dispariti…
  • Guy games: -Peel the onion (physical high intensity game). Most guys linked up and sit down with a few guys (peelers) trying to pull guys apart. -guess the product: get a bunch of makeup and female beauty products and have guys try to guess what…
    in TOB Comment by matthewzemanek June 2017
  • We have a ton of little fun things in our youth room: -a swag wall with free lanyards, rosaries, keychains, old retreat shirts, etc. -framed Retreat shirts from over the years -prayer request board -CD basket of praise & worship for teens t…
  • Have a design that is clean, simple and useable for multiple mediums (t-shirts, banners, social media, etc.), that is in support of a vision you have developed through a lot of prayer and getting feedback from teens and the creative types of your vo…
  • I have played some great games of Mafia on bus rides. Also being stoked up on riddles and great word-play or puzzle games like Snaps, the line game, black magic, how many flies?, Apples not oranges, pterodactyl, and a ton of other games. Google inst…