Eight Days 09-16-14

The Beatles’ song Eight Days a Week referenced that they were working so hard, they were working eight days a week. This always seemed like a potential theme song for youth ministers to me.  Here continues a weekly series to serve you over your next eight days with eight notes and sets of links for your information and formation. Pass these along in your e-newsletters (and offer Project YM a little love in the process, please.)

  1. Andrew Root’s book Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker hits the bookshelves next month. Upcoming conversations in youth ministry might include how this early 1900’s German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and author of The Cost of Discipleship also proposed eight thesis on youth ministry which included that “Youth enjoys no special privilege in the church-community.” Stay tuned!
  2. Speaking of game changers… how often do we in catholic youth ministry speak of conversion?
  3. hopehandsOur title image above comes from the 2013 edition of Burning Man that recently popped up on my screen. Our poster meme adds a quote credited to George Iles to the same pic. (right click to print, save, or post it and share!)
  4. Regarding parents, Wayne Rice offers 10 reasons why they should be involved, Aaron Crumbey suggests 4 misconceptions we make about them and then has a video conversation with Kurt Johnson on parents, and, finally, Chris Wesley has advice about getting parental buy-in.
  5. Sometimes, when faced with antagonism, it might help to consider the Pharisee-like motivations of the opposition.
  6. In a related matter, how might you better handle office politics?
  7. Here’s an encouraging message to enjoy the view as you are trekking through life; reminding us to commit our steps less to worry and more towards wonder.
  8. Always remember that both we and God are full of awe and wonder about your service as a youth minister and, for you, we Ain’t got nothing but love, babeeight 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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