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.

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 [...]

Your Pastor Should Be Worried About Numbers

By | December 17th, 2015|, , |

Just about anyone involved in youth ministry has had the discussion about the importance of numbers in evaluating our efforts. Like a teacher, we can claim that much of the fruit of our labors will [...]

A Unique Method of Engaging Parents in Youth Ministry

By | October 14th, 2015|, , |

When parents have to pick and choose the things to which they will give their time and we give them the option to not be involved, why would they be? By not requiring them to be involved, we essentially tell them that we’ve got it covered or we don’t necessarily “need” their help.

The Five Levels of Delegation for a Discipleship Leader

By | October 6th, 2015|, , |

This tool helps to identify the type of tasks each person can handle and what are some concrete steps a leader can take to encourage them in each phase of their growth. Helping adults progress through each of these levels will also help them build their own confidence to lead those with whom they are working. These five levels of delegation are the way in which a parish will deepen their discipleship efforts.

Deliberate “Practice Makes Perfect” Youth Ministers

By | September 30th, 2015|, , |

I believe that in order for us to increase our effectiveness in youth ministry, we have to begin to provide opportunities for adults in the parish to practice being youth ministers. In Talent is Overrated, Geoff Colvin writes about “deliberate practice”. Deliberate practice is how people like Mozart and Tiger Woods achieved such great heights in the utilization of their skills. I believe that we can begin to help adults in the Church become great not just in youth ministry but in discipleship and evangelization as a whole if we can set them up for success- just like the people involved in Mozart and Tiger Woods’ lives did for them.

Stop Helping Youth and Start Helping Parents

By | April 29th, 2015|, |

We have heard it said a million times that the primary people responsible for the formation of the youth are their parents. The Church doesn’t have a secondary role in their formation, as if it’s only when the parents are doing it poorly, but it shares in this responsibility.

The Balance Between Too Much Control and Too Much Freedom in Discipleship

By | March 31st, 2015|, , |

When I was kid, I remember my grandparents having a pendulum clock. I thought it was so cool that I could grab the pendulum to stop it from moving back and forth. When I let it go, it would slowly begin to build up momentum and start swinging again from side to side. This clock often comes to mind when I think about youth ministry and as I address questions regarding safe environment, oversight, etc. On the one hand we want to protect our youth, so we need to have guidelines and boundaries in place, but on the other, we don’t want so many limits that those involved have no freedom to do what they know needs to be done. It’s a difficult balance between too much control and too much freedom.

How Youth Ministry May Not Be Much Different Than Prison

By | March 17th, 2015|, , , |

Those who have not really thought too much about what it would be like outside of the box and have been living in it for so long struggle with the realities when change begins to hit. At the same time, we have people who have been engaging in discipleship for some time, and when they look at the walls of the common youth ministry structure in the Church (the jail), they are able to much more readily see the lack of freedom one has in them.