Eight Days 012215

< Sorry to the three of you who noted this post is off schedule… Life has been busy.> Like in the Beatles’ song Eight Days a Week, youth ministers work so hard it is like working eight days a week. Here continues a weekly series to serve you over your next eight days with eight notes for your information and formation. Pass these along in your e-newsletters (and offer Project YM a little love in the process, please.

  1. Download Youth Ministry is helping with any mid-winter doldrums by offering a free ebook on 55 ways to be more effective with teenagers.  I posted my own list last week.
  2. newkindThe Pope recently visited the Philippines.  Our cover photo showcases some of the swag but more importantly, our poster highlights the message offered to young people during his visit. (click to enlarge, right click on larger image to download/ save image as…)
  3. Last night, Cardinal O’Malley offered a homily at the Vigil for Life and ties in the March for Civil Rights portrayed in Selma, the encounter of Jesus with the Rich Young Man and the March for Life.
  4. A pastor sits down with young adults to learn more about “where they are at” and why that does not include the pews at Mass.
  5. In the pastor’s report, mission trips are highly valued, but Dr. Mike Gable, mission office director for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, offers questions regarding mission trip motivations.  
  6. Still reading Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker: A Theological Vision for Discipleship and Life Together I hope to have my own review, but here are another’s opinion of the work. part 1 and part 2
  7. The GDC insists that comprehensive formation includes more than instruction: it is an apprenticeship of the entire Christian life. (67) Joe Paprocki wonders why when we think of mentors we often only think of ourselves.
  8. Mentors and mentor-makers, we remember you always in our thoughts and prayers as we ain’t got nothing but love, babe, eight days a week.

D. Scott Miller

D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.


D. Scott Miller


D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.



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