Changes. Mistakes. Growth.

CHANGE: This may come as a surprise to some of you, but I don’t believe in change for the sake of change. I think it’s arrogant to change things just because I can. But on the flipside, I also think it’s illogical to continue to do something just because that’s how it’s always been done.

MISTAKES: Not all changes are good. Not all decisions are right. I’m not perfect, I will make mistakes, and I have made mistakes: in my life, in my ministry, in my finances, in my family. We all have. But I’m not going to let the fear of making a mistake run my life or my ministry.

GROWTH: If you’re not changing something, you’re not growing. Growth by it’s very definition is change. Growth is the goal in everything I do. I want to grow in my faith. I want to grow as a husband and a father. I want to grow in my prayer life. I want to grow in my knowledge. The same is true for ministry: I want the youth program to grow in every way possible: I want the depth of each student’s faith to grow. I want the quality of programing to grow. I want the number of teens we’re reaching to grow. I want the purity of our youth to grow. I want the number of teens receiving the Sacraments on a regular basis to grow. I want their understanding of the faith and the Church to grow. I want their knowledge of Scripture to grow. I want the number of adults who are pouring into the lives of young people to grow. I want growth in EVERYTHING. We will never be satisfied with the way our program is, we will always be working to improve it…to grow it.

Will everyone agree with every change? No. Will every change be the right decision? No. Will I continue to strive for growth in spite of those things? Yes.

Michael Marchand

Michael is a Catholic evangelist, author and speaker.

After spending 11 years as a parish youth minister, Michael left parish ministry to work full-time with ProjectYM (a ministry he cofounded a few years earlier).

Michael's resume also includes preaching gigs at events and conferences around the world, a Catholic theology degree, authoring a book on Catholic evangelization, years of training and consulting with parish/diocesan leaders on technology and social media, countless online projects, and the founding of 2 ProjectYM mission bases: one in Uganda and one in Chattanooga, TN.

Michael is blessed to be part of an amazing missionary family. Michael, his beautiful wife (Crystal) and four kids serve the local Church in Chattanooga, TN.


Michael Marchand


Michael is a Catholic evangelist, author and speaker.

After spending 11 years as a parish youth minister, Michael left parish ministry to work full-time with ProjectYM (a ministry he cofounded a few years earlier).

Michael's resume also includes preaching gigs at events and conferences around the world, a Catholic theology degree, authoring a book on Catholic evangelization, years of training and consulting with parish/diocesan leaders on technology and social media, countless online projects, and the founding of 2 ProjectYM mission bases: one in Uganda and one in Chattanooga, TN.

Michael is blessed to be part of an amazing missionary family. Michael, his beautiful wife (Crystal) and four kids serve the local Church in Chattanooga, TN.



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