Be Still.

Be Still.

The word “busy” has been catching my attention lately.  I am sure you have heard it too, and if you are like me, used it yourself more than you realize.  Recently I heard the word used by a parent, saying their adult child was “so busy,” to which everyone replied that was a good thing.  As we enter a new school year, I find myself “preparing” for busyness and readying myself for the storm of over-commitment…but that‘s what we are supposed to do, right?

“I am really busy,” seems to be an accepted excuse for many things including not returning phone calls or emails, not spending time with those closest to us, and missing Mass on the weekends. KEEP READING

What IS Youth Ministry?

What IS Youth Ministry?

People often ask me “What is Youth Ministry?” I italicize ‘is’ because they are not asking what I do in Youth Ministry, or what is it like in the experiential sense. Is refers to a metaphysical understanding of the what—Youth Ministry. The ‘is’ of Youth Ministry is difficult to explain. Youth Ministry is about leading young people to be Disciples of Christ, about learning their faith and sharing it. It is about being the hands and feet of Christ in their everyday world. Youth Ministry is about talking to a parent whose son is driving them nuts; while at the same time, that parent is sharing about their divorce and upcoming surgery. KEEP READING

4 Things to Know About Potential Volunteers

4 Things to Know About Potential Volunteers

A while back,  I wrote a post and gave a workshop on “The Preamble To Recruiting Volunteers.” The premise of that article and workshop was that before we can recruit or invite people onto our team, there are two things we should try to have in order:

  • An exciting and clear vision of the future of your ministry.
  • Some success under your belt.

I still believe these are two powerful things we can have to successfully recruit volunteers.

However, there are some simple truths that I need to understand about my prospective volunteers. As I understand these things, I can more adequately speak to the needs and desires of my volunteers. KEEP READING

Tragedy and the Aftermath

Tragedy and the Aftermath

It is hardest to believe in God when your whole world is literally washing away. Faith is easy when life is easy. It’s easy to believe in an all-good and all-loving God when life is all good and your income is higher than your bills and your car runs smoothly. People don’t come and talk to me at the parish when life is good. They come when life is falling apart.

I routinely talk with adults who are angry with God because they lost their job or are going through a divorce or experiencing a loved one’s death. They are hurting because life hurt them, and hurt them hard, and so grasping outward in desperation they knock on my office door and through bitter tears tell me what’s wrong. KEEP READING

So, What Do You Do?

So, What Do You Do?

People often ask me what I do. When I tell them I am a youth minister, they usually ask me again–”So…what do you actually do??” When I explain my job, they often ask me WHY I do what I do. Why youth ministry? Why do I work nights and weekends, often sacrifice my Sundays and sometimes miss out on family vacations? And I’ll be honest, there are days when I ask myself the same questions. But, I don’t have to look very far to find the answers. The young people that I work with remind me that the rewards of working in youth ministry are far greater than the demands. KEEP READING

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Kicking Off The New Ministry Year

Kicking Off The New Ministry Year

It seems like it was yesterday. The school year came to an end. Minivans across the country were filled with families packed on road trips for vacations. As the dusk of summer sets in and we begin get back into gear, here are 3 opportunities we will have as we prepare...

The Importance of Good Planning and Execution

The Importance of Good Planning and Execution

My good friends Mike and Jenn celebrated their three-year wedding anniversary earlier this month. Their wedding and wedding day will always be important to me as I (along with my son Sean) was an “accomplice” in Mike's proposal to Jenn. It was an amazing and...

Feed Your Need for Feedback

Feed Your Need for Feedback

Just about every week there comes a point where I find myself thinking, "why won't they just TELL me what they think?!" I'm talking about my coworkers, my family, my toddler--they all have their moments where it seems like I can't get any recognition of what I'm doing...

Prepare to Launch

Prepare to Launch

I actually launch ministries and programs well. I really do. That said, I have had my share of misses along with my successes and I coach people regularly who don’t launch well and never recover. I am incredibly excited about the upcoming year at my parish because as...

First Impressions Matter

First Impressions Matter

It’s true what they say: “You never get a second chance at a first impression.” The first time Nicole Kidman met Jimmy Fallon, her impression of him was less than stellar. In fact, before she met him she was interested in dating him. After, she was eager to get away...

Starting Back Up – First Night 4Fs

Starting Back Up – First Night 4Fs

Our youth group meets for two hours on Sunday evenings. Our first night of the new school year is planned around the Four “Fs” – Faith, Fellowship, Food and Fun, and not necessarily in that order. You might find it beneficial to have a meeting with any Juniors and...

We want to help your ministry thrive.

Be Still.

Be Still.

The word “busy” has been catching my attention lately.  I am sure you have heard it too, and if you are like me, used it yourself more than you realize.  Recently I heard the word used by a parent, saying their adult child was “so busy,” to which everyone replied that was a good thing.  As we enter a new school year, I find myself “preparing” for busyness and readying myself for the storm of over-commitment…but that‘s what we are supposed to do, right?

“I am really busy,” seems to be an accepted excuse for many things including not returning phone calls or emails, not spending time with those closest to us, and missing Mass on the weekends. KEEP READING

What IS Youth Ministry?

What IS Youth Ministry?

People often ask me “What is Youth Ministry?” I italicize ‘is’ because they are not asking what I do in Youth Ministry, or what is it like in the experiential sense. Is refers to a metaphysical understanding of the what—Youth Ministry. The ‘is’ of Youth Ministry is difficult to explain. Youth Ministry is about leading young people to be Disciples of Christ, about learning their faith and sharing it. It is about being the hands and feet of Christ in their everyday world. Youth Ministry is about talking to a parent whose son is driving them nuts; while at the same time, that parent is sharing about their divorce and upcoming surgery. KEEP READING

4 Things to Know About Potential Volunteers

4 Things to Know About Potential Volunteers

A while back,  I wrote a post and gave a workshop on “The Preamble To Recruiting Volunteers.” The premise of that article and workshop was that before we can recruit or invite people onto our team, there are two things we should try to have in order:

  • An exciting and clear vision of the future of your ministry.
  • Some success under your belt.

I still believe these are two powerful things we can have to successfully recruit volunteers.

However, there are some simple truths that I need to understand about my prospective volunteers. As I understand these things, I can more adequately speak to the needs and desires of my volunteers. KEEP READING

Tragedy and the Aftermath

Tragedy and the Aftermath

It is hardest to believe in God when your whole world is literally washing away. Faith is easy when life is easy. It’s easy to believe in an all-good and all-loving God when life is all good and your income is higher than your bills and your car runs smoothly. People...

So, What Do You Do?

So, What Do You Do?

People often ask me what I do. When I tell them I am a youth minister, they usually ask me again--”So...what do you actually do??” When I explain my job, they often ask me WHY I do what I do. Why youth ministry? Why do I work nights and weekends, often sacrifice my...

Kicking Off The New Ministry Year

Kicking Off The New Ministry Year

It seems like it was yesterday. The school year came to an end. Minivans across the country were filled with families packed on road trips for vacations. As the dusk of summer sets in and we begin get back into gear, here are 3 opportunities we will have as we prepare...

The Importance of Good Planning and Execution

The Importance of Good Planning and Execution

My good friends Mike and Jenn celebrated their three-year wedding anniversary earlier this month. Their wedding and wedding day will always be important to me as I (along with my son Sean) was an “accomplice” in Mike's proposal to Jenn. It was an amazing and...

Feed Your Need for Feedback

Feed Your Need for Feedback

Just about every week there comes a point where I find myself thinking, "why won't they just TELL me what they think?!" I'm talking about my coworkers, my family, my toddler--they all have their moments where it seems like I can't get any recognition of what I'm doing...

Prepare to Launch

Prepare to Launch

I actually launch ministries and programs well. I really do. That said, I have had my share of misses along with my successes and I coach people regularly who don’t launch well and never recover. I am incredibly excited about the upcoming year at my parish because as...

First Impressions Matter

First Impressions Matter

It’s true what they say: “You never get a second chance at a first impression.” The first time Nicole Kidman met Jimmy Fallon, her impression of him was less than stellar. In fact, before she met him she was interested in dating him. After, she was eager to get away...

Starting Back Up – First Night 4Fs

Starting Back Up – First Night 4Fs

Our youth group meets for two hours on Sunday evenings. Our first night of the new school year is planned around the Four “Fs” – Faith, Fellowship, Food and Fun, and not necessarily in that order. You might find it beneficial to have a meeting with any Juniors and...

Engaging Parents In Ministry

Engaging Parents In Ministry

I remember hearing a parent stress about her calendar and all the events her kids had to go to.  It ranged from sports, the arts, to birthday sleep overs.  I asked her, “Who is doing this to you, we must find them.”  She paused and said, “I guess that would be me.” ...

Your Second Year Of Ministry

Your Second Year Of Ministry

Surviving your first year of ministry without burnout is a great feat, but how do we continue that thriving mentality? Burnout is real and in order to be good and faithful servants we need to keep a few things in mind: Don’t forget about Relational Ministry: Jesus,...

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