Welcome!

Collaborative Catholic Formation Ministries (CCFM) was founded in August 2011 with the dual purpose of forming outstanding youth ministers for the Church, and providing excellent youth ministry to parishes of all sizes. Our staff works as a community to support each other and learn from one another in order to become the dedicated ministers that God has called us to be.

You can use this website to learn about the mission that God has set before us and how we are being led by the Spirit to answer this call. You can also read through our blogs for inspiration and guidance. The blogs are written with youth ministers in mind, however, since we believe that all those who interact with youth impact them in some way, our blogs really offer something for everyone.

 

Upcoming Events

Desired (Aug 15-17) is a retreat for high school ladies entering 10th grade and older. This will be a weekend focusing on our identity in the eyes of the Father. We'll be discussing how to have holy relationships, how to date with purity, and how to root our self-worth in God.  We will dive into these themes with great speakers and small groups. The women on the CCFM staff are very excited about this retreat and are already wrapping it in prayer.

Wild at Heart (Aug 15-17) is a retreat for young men in high school, going into 10th grade and up. With several outdoor activities, this retreat goes into the mystery of true masculinity and what it means to be a man of God. Our staff of guys is planning great talks for small groups and is also praying specifically for the young men that will join them on this retreat. 

Discipleship Workshop - Sept 16, 7-9pm - This is a free workshop, open to all area catechists, parents, volunteers, and youth leaders. Topics are relevant to everyone who is involved in the formation of youth.

You can learn more about these events and how to be a part of them by hovering over our Programs tab.

Blog Posts

Forget What You Preach

Jul
25

Do you find that you sometimes forget what you preach as a leader in ministry?  I don’t like to admit it, especially not in public, but it has happened to me.  One of these experiences happened to me just last week, when I attended the St.

Posted By Jeremy Stavinoha read more

Mother Teresa Meets Youth Ministry

Jul
11

"Vocation is belonging to Christ.
 The work is only a means for us to put our love of Christ into action."

           – Blessed Mother Teresa

Holy Toledo Batman. Read that again...

What a rockstar.

Posted By Alyssa Trutter read more

Bringing In New Life

Jun
14

Happy Ordinary Time! Now the big question, how has this Easter changed you?

Wait what?

Posted By Sarah Masters read more

Out of the Boat

Jun
02

If I’ve learned anything in my twenty years of life, it would certainly be that the future is unforeseeable, changeable, and in no way congruent with any of my expectations. But as crazy as it is, the future is also beautiful beyond belief. When I came to college a few years ago, my future plans involved graduating college in three years and then pursuing a career in the field of medicine with the strong possibility of going to medical school. Long story short, here I am less than two years later, writing my first blog as a youth minister working for a collaborative non-profit company.

Posted By Kelsey Ricketson read more

Just Give Up

Jun
02

Should we just give up?  It would be a lot easier if we did sometimes.  Right?  There are so many times in ministry when we might feel this way.  Whether it is stepping away from a ministry or getting rid of part of a ministry.  In ministry, we are after all on the front lines for the battle for souls so it only makes sense that we would feel this way from time to time.  Does that mean we should just give up or will we have to push through even if we don’t know what the outcome will be?

Posted By Jeremy Stavinoha read more

Meet the Need

May
16

In the spring, I teach a sacramental preparation class, which basically means that I get to prepare a handful of my youth to receive God’s graces more fully within His Church. Best job ever!... But seriously, I love every minute of it. For these classes, I go in with an outline of topics and information that needs to be covered based off of the curriculum we use. The first night is groundwork: basic vocabulary. We define words that the Church throws out all the time, but that don’t come up in the average American home, so terms like: grace, sin, sacrament and Trinity.

Posted By Alyssa Trutter read more

23 Ways to Be Yourself

May
12

Got a little story for ya ministers- there were three identical villages facing an identical problem; a large boulder had nestled itself in the village river, halting most of the flow of the river. The people were thirsty. The crops weren’t being watered. The village water hole dried up. The people of the villages met and sought out those who could help them the most. One village called on the strongest, another called upon the smartest, and the last village called on the man with the largest heart.

Posted By Chris Johnson read more

Bruised, Dirty, and Muddy?

May
06
Muddy Catholic Youth Ministers

This past Saturday, several good friends and I ran a race called the Tough Mudder (that's my rear mid back-flip on the right). As you could probably tell from the picture we had a lot of fun, worked hard and got muddy. As I reflected on my experience from that day and on the beginnings of CCFM, and I realized that this race makes an excellent analogy for what the beginnings of many new ministries feel like.

Posted By Matt Rice read more

The Truth and the Lies: Living in Freedom

Apr
15

Ever since I can remember, I have struggled with jealousy. My first memory that I have is one of jealousy. I can remember it well. It was Christmas Eve, and I must have been about 3 years old. My parents decided to take me to Mass with them instead of leaving me with the religious ed class that I normally attended. I remember we were walking down the parish hall towards the church, and I caught a glimpse of my class, all traveling together, and everyone was holding hands with a buddy. And then I saw it. The girl that was normally MY buddy was holding hands with ANOTHER GIRL!

Posted By Jennifer Masters read more

Caught not Taught

Apr
04

Can you remember back to last summer, where if you’re like me, you spent countless hours planning out your year?  You know, scheduling topics for particular nights, looking through your curriculum, or deciding which curriculum you are going to use.  We all do this kind of planning, and we should be deliberate and intentional about how we determine what our year of youth ministry will look like.  I can’t stress how important it is to make sure that we are forming the youth according to the teachings of the Church; it’s practically our whole job!

Posted By Jeremy Stavinoha read more

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Blog Posts

Forget What You Preach

Jul
25

Do you find that you sometimes forget what you preach as a leader in ministry?  I don’t like to admit it, especially not in public, but it has happened to me.  One of these experiences happened to me just last week, when I attended the St.

Posted By Jeremy Stavinoha read more

Mother Teresa Meets Youth Ministry

Jul
11

"Vocation is belonging to Christ.
 The work is only a means for us to put our love of Christ into action."

           – Blessed Mother Teresa

Holy Toledo Batman. Read that again...

What a rockstar.

Posted By Alyssa Trutter read more

Bringing In New Life

Jun
14

Happy Ordinary Time! Now the big question, how has this Easter changed you?

Wait what?

Posted By Sarah Masters read more

Out of the Boat

Jun
02

If I’ve learned anything in my twenty years of life, it would certainly be that the future is unforeseeable, changeable, and in no way congruent with any of my expectations. But as crazy as it is, the future is also beautiful beyond belief. When I came to college a few years ago, my future plans involved graduating college in three years and then pursuing a career in the field of medicine with the strong possibility of going to medical school. Long story short, here I am less than two years later, writing my first blog as a youth minister working for a collaborative non-profit company.

Posted By Kelsey Ricketson read more

Just Give Up

Jun
02

Should we just give up?  It would be a lot easier if we did sometimes.  Right?  There are so many times in ministry when we might feel this way.  Whether it is stepping away from a ministry or getting rid of part of a ministry.  In ministry, we are after all on the front lines for the battle for souls so it only makes sense that we would feel this way from time to time.  Does that mean we should just give up or will we have to push through even if we don’t know what the outcome will be?

Posted By Jeremy Stavinoha read more

Meet the Need

May
16

In the spring, I teach a sacramental preparation class, which basically means that I get to prepare a handful of my youth to receive God’s graces more fully within His Church. Best job ever!... But seriously, I love every minute of it. For these classes, I go in with an outline of topics and information that needs to be covered based off of the curriculum we use. The first night is groundwork: basic vocabulary. We define words that the Church throws out all the time, but that don’t come up in the average American home, so terms like: grace, sin, sacrament and Trinity.

Posted By Alyssa Trutter read more

23 Ways to Be Yourself

May
12

Got a little story for ya ministers- there were three identical villages facing an identical problem; a large boulder had nestled itself in the village river, halting most of the flow of the river. The people were thirsty. The crops weren’t being watered. The village water hole dried up. The people of the villages met and sought out those who could help them the most. One village called on the strongest, another called upon the smartest, and the last village called on the man with the largest heart.

Posted By Chris Johnson read more

Bruised, Dirty, and Muddy?

May
06
Muddy Catholic Youth Ministers

This past Saturday, several good friends and I ran a race called the Tough Mudder (that's my rear mid back-flip on the right). As you could probably tell from the picture we had a lot of fun, worked hard and got muddy. As I reflected on my experience from that day and on the beginnings of CCFM, and I realized that this race makes an excellent analogy for what the beginnings of many new ministries feel like.

Posted By Matt Rice read more

The Truth and the Lies: Living in Freedom

Apr
15

Ever since I can remember, I have struggled with jealousy. My first memory that I have is one of jealousy. I can remember it well. It was Christmas Eve, and I must have been about 3 years old. My parents decided to take me to Mass with them instead of leaving me with the religious ed class that I normally attended. I remember we were walking down the parish hall towards the church, and I caught a glimpse of my class, all traveling together, and everyone was holding hands with a buddy. And then I saw it. The girl that was normally MY buddy was holding hands with ANOTHER GIRL!

Posted By Jennifer Masters read more

Caught not Taught

Apr
04

Can you remember back to last summer, where if you’re like me, you spent countless hours planning out your year?  You know, scheduling topics for particular nights, looking through your curriculum, or deciding which curriculum you are going to use.  We all do this kind of planning, and we should be deliberate and intentional about how we determine what our year of youth ministry will look like.  I can’t stress how important it is to make sure that we are forming the youth according to the teachings of the Church; it’s practically our whole job!

Posted By Jeremy Stavinoha read more

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