About Eric Gallagher

Eric Gallagher is a husband and father living in South Dakota. He has been involved in youth ministry since 2003. He has a great love for Discipleship and is currently serving the Diocese of Sioux Falls as the Director of Youth Discipleship & Evangelization. Eric is the founder of DiscipleshipYM.com and DiscipleshipTraining.com. Interested in having Eric come speak or train your parish or Diocese? Go Here!

Should We Be Training or Forming Our Leaders?

By | March 22nd, 2017|, , , |

For the past 10-15 years, I’ve been watching the evolution of youth ministry. During that time, people have been searching for the right resource that is going to respond to the needs of young people. [...]

Why Parents Aren’t Involved in Your Ministry

By | February 21st, 2017|, , |

I’ve read a lot of articles and resources from different people involved in youth ministry about how to engage parents within in a youth ministry program. Heck, one of our most-shared blog posts talks about [...]

Our Top 10 Discipleship Posts of All Time

By | January 17th, 2017|, , |

As many of you know, I have been actively blogging for over 10 years now. In 2005, I started a website called Prepared Catholic. It was basically a site that housed many of the games [...]

My Dreams For Youth Ministry

By | November 30th, 2016|, , |

After striving to “do what everyone else did” and arguably being successful at it, I still found myself desiring more.

Large Group or Discipleship Groups?

By | November 16th, 2016|, , , |

How does a parish youth ministry have time to manage both a large group program and discipleship groups? Utilizing the model of Discipleship Focused Youth Ministry, this is absolutely possible, and I would argue that parish youth ministers who adopt these simple mindsets actually find themselves with less anxiety and less “work.”

How Do We Engage the Other 90% of the Church?

By | November 2nd, 2016|, , , , |

If we “actually engage” the 5-10% effectively, it will mean that the other 90% receive the invitation to be engaged through them

Evangelization – Where Are We Going Wrong?

By | October 20th, 2016|, , |

For some time now, I’ve been trying to put my finger on the “missing piece” in our current efforts at evangelization. I’ve written a post about how evangelization shouldn’t be so hard and shared my [...]

A CRAZY Youth Ministry Proposal

By | September 15th, 2016|, , |

A couple of years ago, I spoke with a mom in a local parish who was interested in leading a small discipleship group. She was excited because the parish was encouraging discipleship groups to begin [...]

6 Youth Ministry “Anti-Programs” That Will Enhance Your Current Programming

By | August 31st, 2016|, , , |

In my last post, I was rather critical of programs. It’s not really programs that I struggle with but rather the inability of people to think outside of their programs. I struggle with this myself. [...]

Are Youth Leaders Ready to Think Outside of Programs?

By | August 17th, 2016|, , , |

When I was in high school, we had one “program” in our parish for youth: Religious Education. I was placed in a class based on my age and was run through a system that had [...]