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. [...]

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 [...]

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.

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

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. [...]

Youth Group Leader, Youth Minister, or Coordinator of Youth Ministry?

By | March 24th, 2016|, , |

This question - are you a Youth Group Leader, a Youth Minister, or a Coordinator of Youth Ministry? - has been one of the most important questions I have found myself asking parish staff and [...]

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.