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Are you in youth ministry and you've had it with crazed parents? Rollin' your eyes at the pastoral council? Tired of administration work? Love youth? Love the Church? Appalled at parish politics? Looking for some good games? For a creative ways to teach a lesson for Religious Ed? Just need a place to veg out and say "phew! Someone outside of the parish to talk to!"? Grab y'r Starbucks, turn the computer away from the staff's eyes, grab a seat on a donated dusty couch and let it all go.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Steubenville Youth Conference #3

Each youth conference that we have done has had it's own flavor. The first one on June 16-16 only had about 1,000 because Admissions had University Days going on (where new students come to get acquainted with the University), as well as wrapping up the Priest, Deacons and Seminarians Conference. What a headache. A blessing for those here, but insanity for us.

So the first one was good, low key, smaller numbers, all went well

#2 was on June 23-25. Almost half of the crowd came forward for the Altar Call and Saturday night's adoration and empowerment were active. By active I mean that there were a lot of kids who rested in the spirit, experienced intense emotions, many taken out of the area to help relax and be ministered to.

By contrast, #3 seemed to have a great deal of newer chaperones and there were many in attendance who had some anxiety about the Saturday night events. Last night actually ended up being very calm yet many youth ministers told us that deep conversions were taking place among their young people.

It's always very interesting to see how the Lord works with different groups of people. You just never know how the Holy Spirit will move and it's a powerful thing to witness his variety in attending to the needs of his people.

If you are just showing up for the first time give a shout out. Glad you're here. This is my own unofficial-apart-from-the-University blog, but have been waiting a long time for your visit. Give a shout out!

I'm bushed. This was the first youth conference that I was on stage so much. I love love love working with Les (Bob Lesnefsky, aka Righteous B, aka The Whitest Black man). I also love sharing Jesus with teens and with their youth ministers. I have one of the coolest jobs ever! It's a good exhaustion that I'm experiencing.

Youth Ministers, thank you for all you do. We love you and pray for you so very very often!

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you shared this site with the Youth Ministers. Pretty much all of the chaperones in our group were veterans. We really appreciated the time you gave the Youth Ministers in the chapel. It strengthened all of us. As it happened we needed all the strength the Holy Spirit could give us as one girl in our group got the terrible news that her little nephew had been in an accident right before Adoration started. Our whole group was greatly affected, but her faith in God was an example to all of us, including the adults. Anyways, I plan to watch this blog for ideas that I can use with our group. Thanks so much. Peace -- Linda Z.

10:24 PM  
Blogger TCYM Lounge said...

Good. I love it when those in the trenches and front lines get refreshed. God's grace is so abundant!!

I'd welcome any ideas that you are doing as well. Not being in direct parish youth ministry at this point I'm feeling a bit disconnected. I keep up with resources, ideas and stories, and can share past stories, but am open to what you-or any other minister-has to offer.

Thanks for coming-and thanks for serving the youth-particularly the girl and her family.

9:11 AM  
Anonymous annie said...

Thank you for all you do. God Bless you and your work.

4:03 PM  
Anonymous D. Scott Miller said...

A couple folks came back from the conference with some concern about the nature of the altar call. Wpuld be happy to have a further conversation with you about it off-blog.

7:44 PM  
Blogger TCYM Lounge said...

Hi DSM
Have them-or you-write to my hotmail account. I also think that there are evaluations on the franciscanyouth.com website as well. But would be more than happy to touch base with you via email.

1:30 PM  

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