Two Necessary Skills of a Strong Parish Leader in Discipleship

By | April 20th, 2017|, , , |

Forming disciples versus simply telling people what to do requires a different skill set than we are used to drawing upon in youth ministry. I have spoken with hundreds of different youth leaders who have, [...]

You Are Not the Only Youth Minister!

By | April 11th, 2017|, , , |

I found myself a bit frustrated in a meeting not long ago. Not because of anything anyone said, but because I began to realize how limited my vision of youth ministry really was. I served [...]

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. [...]