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.”

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 [...]

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:

Relying on the Resource or Free to be Flexible?

By | October 28th, 2015|, , |

It will take real oversight and ongoing training to help small group leaders overcome the very “programmatic” mindset that has dominated parish catechesis, sacramental preparation, and youth ministry for decades. Parish coordinators and pastors will need to individually disciple leaders beyond dependence on a “program” until they have the personal freedom, experiences, skills, and knowledge to disciple teens in a way that is truly effective- with or without a “program.”

Small Group Discipleship: Not the Same As Small Group Facilitation

By | September 2nd, 2015|, , |

It’s important to understand that having adults facilitate activities or discussion amongst a small group of teens doesn’t automatically make it discipleship. This is true first of all because “small group” is not synonymous with “discipleship”; just because it’s a small group doesn’t necessarily mean discipleship is happening.

5 Ideas for When You Didn’t Plan for Small Group

By | May 26th, 2015|, |

It happens to the best of us. The week flies by, you forget your group is meeting tomorrow, and you need ideas that require little preparation but will still be engaging for your group. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Here are five ideas you can use today.

7 Realities That Summer Will Bring For Your Discipleship Group

By | May 20th, 2015|, |

I think the best approach to the summer months is to accept that discipleship will just look different than it does during the school year. Summer makes things a bit more difficult, but it also offers opportunities for things that are not as easily done during the school year. Here are 7 realities that will hit when summer kicks in full force.

When Programming in Discipleship is a Good Thing

By | April 7th, 2015|, , |

One of the things I find most difficult in what I do is being able to explain to others how discipleship is not a program. Any programming in your parish, including discipleship groups, should be [...]

10 Tips to Consider When Starting a New Discipleship Group

By | March 3rd, 2015|, |

When a good leader is just getting started with a new group, there can be some very frustrating moments. Perhaps you have no idea where to begin. Starting a new discipleship group in any situation comes with its struggles. Here are ten tips for you to consider as you begin.