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. [...]

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 [...]

It’s Impossible to “Form Young People” In Two Hours a Week

By | May 4th, 2016|, , , |

I recently read through about 80 evaluations from a day of formation offered on discipleship. One of the questions on the participant evaluation asked about specific struggles people had experienced in their discipleship efforts thus [...]