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Messy Church

Messy Church

Fresh ideas for building a Christ-centred community
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Starting Your Messy Church

Starting Your Messy Church

A beginner's guide for churches
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Building a Virtuous School

Building a Virtuous School

Guided Reflections for Catholic Character Formation
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Go Deep

Go Deep

Spiritual Practices for Youth Ministry
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Excerpt from Part 1
Leader Practices

 

As a beginning youth minister, I longed for someone to help me learn how to go deep into my own life in God. I wonder if that has also been a yearning for you? Knowing yourself more deeply as a person of faith can be full of risk, challenge, comfort, joy and purpose. The fruits of your discoveries will benefit you and in turn all whom you encounter and minister to.

 

The experience of discovering God’s expansive love and presence isn’t just for youth: It can happen at any stage of life. The first step for you as a leader is to come to know yourself more deeply, incorporate that into your life and then learn to express your experience to others in a spirit of shared learning. Guiding youth in faith begins with practicing and strengthening your own faith. The goal is to enable yourself and youth to go deep into practicing God and living a life of faith. Giving youth the gift of being able to speak authentically and articulately about faith is a great gift and perhaps it is a call in your life to be able to provide such openings. These next chapters will take you on an exploration of your own call, practice, and life of faith. Even if you feel like you’ve spent a lot of time trying to understand yourself in the context of your faith, I’d encourage you to go through the practices with your youth minister lens on.

 

If this is your first step on your path of going deep into your life in God, be welcome and know you do not go alone. Take seriously this work – it is the great work of your life.

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