Don’t Miss Out On Matter Conference 14

The Matter Conference at Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland is November 6th and 7th.  It’s one of the highlights of our years because it’s a chance for our staff to come alongside other church workers. It’s something you don’t want to miss out on.

Matter 14

It’s so easy to miss out on experiences like Matter because of:

  • Budgets
  • Travel
  • Busyness

To go to a conference is a sacrifice, but Matter is worth it.  It’s a church conference designed for people who are in the trenches of church ministry.  It’s a chance for you to grow in your profession and in your faith.  At Matter Conference 14 you’ll:

Professional Development Webinar Series

Best Practices In Youth Ministry

Presented by Ave Maria Press

There are a number of opportunities and challenges facing youth ministers in the Church today. One of the best ways to improve the way we reach out to and build relationships with Catholic teenagers is to share ideas with others in the field.

Ave Maria Press has invited me and a few of my friends in the trenches of youth ministry to share and discuss some of our best practices, success stories and growth moments.  This event is September 30th, 2014 from 3pm – 4pm EST.  To register click here.  

Some of the topics for discussion will include:

  • Defining your youth ministry mission, vision, and goals
  • Getting teens to come to events
  • How to use technology to communicate with teens today
  • Building relationships with parents
  • Recruiting volunteers
  • Effective time management

Joining me on this incredible panel are: 

Alison Griswold
St. John the Evangelist
Panama City, FL  

Katie Prejean
Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church
Lake Charles, LA  

Tony Vasinda
Holy Rosary
Edmonds, WA    

The Ave Maria Press Professional Webinar Series is presented in partnership with the National Association for Lay Ministry, the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership, and the National Federation of Priests’ Councils.  

Date: September 30, 2014
Time: 03:00-04:00 p.m.
Event: Best Practices In Youth Ministry
Topic: Catholic Youth Ministry
Sponsor: Ave Maria Press
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

5 Steps To Get Students Serving Inside The Church

Every youth minister feels the pressure to have a high energy youth program in their church. But, if you really want the next generation active and involved it’s by getting them serving inside the church.

When others see the next generation serving inside your church it will:

  • Motivate others generations to get involved.
  • Bring a new life to the parish.
  • Advocate the importance of youth ministry for your church community.

To get teenagers involved you need to look for opportunities where they can serve. Once you’ve established those areas, it’s about taking these 5 steps:

What It Looks Like To REALLY Partner With Parents

Even as a parent I still find serving other parents a little overwhelming. One moment they can seem pleasant, the next moment it feels like they are coming at you with a thousand emotions. It can drive a youth minister crazy. If you are intimidated or overwhelmed by parents the problem isn’t them, it’s your strategy for serving them.

A lot of youth ministers (Including myself) have pounded the drum, “PARTNER WITH PARENTS” and “GET THE PARENTS MORE INVOLVED“. Here’s the question:

Why Who You Know Matters

I used to cringe at the saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” It makes like life sound like a popularity contest. Almost as if relationships were more important than knowledge. The truth is I didn’t understand it’s impact. 

Who you know will not only determine how long you will last, but how far you will go.  Ministry is very relational. Who you know will help you build trust with parents. It will help you reach out to more teens.  

Who you know goes beyond the parents, the teens and even your volunteers. It extends all the way to: