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. [...]

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 [...]

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.

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.

I’m a Youth Minister Who “Can’t”

By | January 28th, 2016||

My last blog post titled Stop Trying So Hard to Evangelize was a challenge to people like me who find it difficult at times to trust that God has things under control and realize that [...]

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.