Incarnational Ministry – Being the Other Guy

Incarnational Ministry – Being the Other Guy

So there they were, two guys on the road to Emmaus – – or as I have always contended – – two guys making a getaway and on the way out of town, Jerusalem. And then they run into this “other guy.” Remember?

The Gospel writer tells us that this other guy was Jesus – – the power of foresight found in the scriptural narrative. But, at no point in the remainder of the story, even in the breaking of the bread, does the “other guy” confess that he is Jesus.

It really would not have been a productive evangelization / catechetical moment if Jesus had revealed himself rather than the disciples discerning the presence of the Lord. KEEP READING

Leave Room For The Holy Spirit

Leave Room For The Holy Spirit

Ten years ago, if you had told fourteen-year-old me that I was going to be a Youth Minister, she would have downright laughed. See, even at fourteen, I was a type-A organized person. I had plans. I was going to attend Rice University, become an author, and live in New York City, thank you very much and no, I don’t need your input.

Somehow, instead, this autumn, I’m entering into my second year of youth ministry as a Youth Minister in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolis.

In large part, that’s because at some time in my life, I realized that there were two plans going on in my life: my plans and God’s plans. KEEP READING

How to Respond to the Words “Me Too”

How to Respond to the Words “Me Too”

 

Chances are your social media feeds are flooded with two words this week: Me too.

Those two words have taken on a new meaning. And many of us, myself included, are left wondering how to respond.

I humbly offer these three suggestions. If you have more, please share them in the comments below.

 

WE NEED TO BE HEARTBROKEN

It's heartbreaking for me to see how many of my friends and family members have been a victim of sexual assault. Though I've heard stories from those close to me, it's absolutely eye-opening to see just how big of an impact this depravity has had on our world.

KEEP READING
Channeling Your Inner Introvert

Channeling Your Inner Introvert

You’ve been prepping all summer. Setting up schedules, booking parish facilities, and sending out invites. You’ve been praying for your students, their families, and those you haven’t met yet. Suddenly, it’s mid-September and you’re expecting a room full of teenagers who may or may not want to be at youth ministry. Yes, you have an activity planned, and a prayer, but what about that down time? You know, that time set aside to build trusting relationships with your group? For many, including myself, and probably many of your students, the actual planned activity of the night is the easy part.

But what about that relational ministry? KEEP READING

Another Year, Another Sigh

Another Year, Another Sigh

The beginning of the year can be and most of the time is overbearing. All these young people coming in. All these catechists that need support. All this curriculum to set into motion. You look back at all the things you tried to do last year, all the things you could have done but didn’t have the time and all the things that you could do this year.
*SIGH*
It’s overwhelming, isn’t it?!?
Let’s all take a deep breath, though, to start this year and remember these three things to keep your stress level down while keeping your head on straight:

IT’S ALL GOOD

This is my Christian formation director’s favorite phrase coming from 30+ years of ministry. KEEP READING

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One Size Does Not Fit All

One Size Does Not Fit All

Are you being asked to create a program based on someone else’s idea of what that program should be? Are you not comfortable with how that program is set up, or the message it delivers, or even the day/time you are supposed to be offering it? We know that our teens...

Helping Teens Heal After A Natural Disaster

Helping Teens Heal After A Natural Disaster

When you pass through waters, I will be with you; through rivers, you shall not be swept away. When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned, nor will flames consume you.                                                      – Isaiah 43:2 Natural disasters have...

Are You Too Old For Youth Ministry?

Are You Too Old For Youth Ministry?

God must have a great sense of humor – why else would He call me into full time Youth Ministry at the age of 58? That was my first thought when I was asked by our Pastor to step into the role of Coordinator of Youth Ministry. So often I have heard youth express...

How to Talk to Teens About The Vegas Shooting

How to Talk to Teens About The Vegas Shooting

May the Peace of Christ be with you… be with us all!  We have entered October in tragedy – the largest mass shooting in the history of the United States.  Thousands gathered at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada and became victims of a night of horror.  We...

Can You Really Trust Your Volunteers?

Can You Really Trust Your Volunteers?

I had a meeting with one of my key volunteers who is helping lead a big ministry project. I was sharing my expectations of her within the context of her volunteer job description. As I often do, I turned the conversation around. I asked her point blank: “What are your...

We want to help your ministry thrive.

Incarnational Ministry – Being the Other Guy

Incarnational Ministry – Being the Other Guy

So there they were, two guys on the road to Emmaus – – or as I have always contended – – two guys making a getaway and on the way out of town, Jerusalem. And then they run into this “other guy.” Remember?

The Gospel writer tells us that this other guy was Jesus – – the power of foresight found in the scriptural narrative. But, at no point in the remainder of the story, even in the breaking of the bread, does the “other guy” confess that he is Jesus.

It really would not have been a productive evangelization / catechetical moment if Jesus had revealed himself rather than the disciples discerning the presence of the Lord. KEEP READING

Leave Room For The Holy Spirit

Leave Room For The Holy Spirit

Ten years ago, if you had told fourteen-year-old me that I was going to be a Youth Minister, she would have downright laughed. See, even at fourteen, I was a type-A organized person. I had plans. I was going to attend Rice University, become an author, and live in New York City, thank you very much and no, I don’t need your input.

Somehow, instead, this autumn, I’m entering into my second year of youth ministry as a Youth Minister in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolis.

In large part, that’s because at some time in my life, I realized that there were two plans going on in my life: my plans and God’s plans. KEEP READING

How to Respond to the Words “Me Too”

How to Respond to the Words “Me Too”

 

Chances are your social media feeds are flooded with two words this week: Me too.

Those two words have taken on a new meaning. And many of us, myself included, are left wondering how to respond.

I humbly offer these three suggestions. If you have more, please share them in the comments below.

 

WE NEED TO BE HEARTBROKEN

It's heartbreaking for me to see how many of my friends and family members have been a victim of sexual assault. Though I've heard stories from those close to me, it's absolutely eye-opening to see just how big of an impact this depravity has had on our world.

KEEP READING
Channeling Your Inner Introvert

Channeling Your Inner Introvert

You’ve been prepping all summer. Setting up schedules, booking parish facilities, and sending out invites. You’ve been praying for your students, their families, and those you haven’t met yet. Suddenly, it’s mid-September and you’re expecting a room full of teenagers...

Another Year, Another Sigh

Another Year, Another Sigh

The beginning of the year can be and most of the time is overbearing. All these young people coming in. All these catechists that need support. All this curriculum to set into motion. You look back at all the things you tried to do last year, all the things you could...

One Size Does Not Fit All

One Size Does Not Fit All

Are you being asked to create a program based on someone else’s idea of what that program should be? Are you not comfortable with how that program is set up, or the message it delivers, or even the day/time you are supposed to be offering it? We know that our teens...

Helping Teens Heal After A Natural Disaster

Helping Teens Heal After A Natural Disaster

When you pass through waters, I will be with you; through rivers, you shall not be swept away. When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned, nor will flames consume you.                                                      – Isaiah 43:2 Natural disasters have...

Are You Too Old For Youth Ministry?

Are You Too Old For Youth Ministry?

God must have a great sense of humor – why else would He call me into full time Youth Ministry at the age of 58? That was my first thought when I was asked by our Pastor to step into the role of Coordinator of Youth Ministry. So often I have heard youth express...

How to Talk to Teens About The Vegas Shooting

How to Talk to Teens About The Vegas Shooting

May the Peace of Christ be with you… be with us all!  We have entered October in tragedy – the largest mass shooting in the history of the United States.  Thousands gathered at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada and became victims of a night of horror.  We...

Can You Really Trust Your Volunteers?

Can You Really Trust Your Volunteers?

I had a meeting with one of my key volunteers who is helping lead a big ministry project. I was sharing my expectations of her within the context of her volunteer job description. As I often do, I turned the conversation around. I asked her point blank: “What are your...

Joy in Youth Ministry: Being Buoyed by Hope

Joy in Youth Ministry: Being Buoyed by Hope

While not-so-innocently meandering around the Hobby Lobby this month, I found myself drawn, as usual, to the décor aisles. Scattered about the adorable canvas signs (silently beckoning, “Buy me!”) I noticed a few signs with the phrase “Choose Joy” artfully painted on...

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I <3 My To-Do List

If you're like me, you had big plans for your summer. May arrived and with it all of my big plans for getting ahead and preparing to amp up my ministry game for the coming year. I was finally going to organize the YM closet, I mean, office, and move out all those...

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