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 [...]

How I Have Seen Discipleship Changing the Church

By | April 14th, 2016|, , |

I have been assisting parishes in moving towards a discipleship focused youth ministry approach for the last four years. It was really what I was seeing happen with FOCUS on our university campuses that first [...]

The Problem With Putting Youth in Leadership

By | March 3rd, 2016|, , |

Let us learn to cultivate an atmosphere of discipleship in our parishes so that when seeds of faith are planted, they have a place to sink their roots into the ground and grow deeply. It is then that we can focus on how to live and distribute the fruits (leadership formation) that are flowing from this life in Christ.

Four Qualities of a Good Discipleship Leader

By | February 18th, 2016|, , |

One of the most difficult aspects of Discipleship Focused Youth Ministry is finding good leaders who are intentional disciples themselves. How do you know someone is ready to be a disciple-maker?

Pope Francis on Finding Quality Discipleship Leaders (sort of)

By | February 4th, 2016|, , |

We are so trained to be in “program success” mode that we often forget that we should instead be in “person success” mode.

Stop Trying So Hard to Evangelize

By | January 14th, 2016|, , |

In my work of discipleship and evangelization, it seems that too often, I am focused on “doing” things that I believe will make in an impact on others as I attempt to “fix” or “help” them to know Christ better. Over the last two weeks, I have been struck by three different experiences that appear to be challenging me in this mindset.

My Desires (Goals) for 2016 in Discipleship

By | January 7th, 2016|, , |

For anyone who follows this blog regularly, you have probably picked up on the fact that I don’t usually choose the theme or content based on the fads or trends of the season. To be [...]

The Cure for the Retreat High

By | December 10th, 2015|, |

The cure for the retreat high is NOT more retreats, but it is the process of discipleship which helps a youth give up their life and take up a new.

Ten Common Mistakes Discipleship Leaders Make

By | December 3rd, 2015|, , |

Over the past few years, I have seen several common mistakes, and I thought it would be helpful to share my observations in the hope that others can learn from them as well. Here are the top ten mistakes I am seeing discipleship leaders make as they strive to foster an atmosphere of discipleship in their ministry to others: