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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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.

10 Youth You May Not Be Reaching and How You Can

By | November 5th, 2015|, |

One of the things that I find myself doing frequently is looking at the youth in our parish and around our community and wondering what I can do- or really, what the Church might be [...]