Core Team

Join Our Team

Core Members are Catholic adult volunteers who join the mission of leading teens closer to Jesus. It takes many adult volunteers to effectively support our Middle School & High School Youth Ministry outreach.

If you're interested or want to find out more about Core Team please don't hesitate to contact us at (210) 494-1959, or submit an interest form by clicking below:

Core Team Interest Form

Training Resources

The following readings, videos, and podcasts are great resources for both beginners and veterans in youth ministry.

Forming Intentional Disciples Presentations

These presentations by Sherry Weddell, Executive Director of the Catherine of Siena Institute and author of Forming Intentional Disciples, form an excellent base for understanding how Catholics tend to experience conversion and how mentors, friends, and invested disciples can help them on their journey. 

Every Knee Shall Bow Podcast

Episode 163: Understanding the Youth Culture - How did our youth culture become what it is today? In this episode, Mike “Gomer” Gormley walks through the many prevalent points in history that have affected youth, culture and the family to make it what it is today.

Episode 168: Youth and Religion Today - What is the state of young people and religion today? A big step in reaching youth today is to understand where they are at. Dr. Josh Packard joins Mike and Dave to share the research around this very question.

Outreach to the Unaffiliated

This resource from the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis explores questions related to the increasing number of people who identify as religiously unaffiliated, and it highlights five effective avenues for reaching out to them. For resources and more, click here.

The Voices of Young People Podcast

Season 6 of The Voices of Young People Podcast features five Latinx young people. The interviewees each have a unique story describing their relationship with the Church. Core Members are encouraged to listen to the episodes as a practice in listening and seeking to understand the religious context of Gen Z youth. The podcast coincides with the release of Springtide's The State of Religion & Young People, Catholic Edition: Navigating Uncertainty.

Word on Fire Show

Episode 332: How to Start Praying the Liturgy of the Hours - The Liturgy of the Hours is the highest form of prayer after the Mass. It is an ancient, structured way of praying Scripture throughout the day, focusing especially on the Psalms. Bishop Rober Barron and Brandon Vogt discuss why this prayer is so powerful and how to get started with it. Every Core Member and parish family is encouraged to take up this prayer.

Life Teen Blog

The following blog posts might be directed to youth ministry staff, but the principles apply to every Catholic disciple who gives of their time and talent through youth ministry. Because really, we are ALL youth ministers through our mentorship and prayers.

Family Matters: Families in Ministry

Healthy Habits: Building Relationships This Year

Holistic Self-Care as a Youth Minister

Ask Joel Playlist

Life Teen's YouTube Channel - Joel Stepanek at Life Teen has a playlist of videos answering common questions that teenagers have about the faith. Check them out both for helpful answers and as a model for listening well to the questions of young people.