Eight Days 11-18-14

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. Last week in Baltimore, the US Bishops gathered and were reminded that young people are “crying out” for a challenge.
  2. Offering young people a challenge demands that our youth ministry programs become the sort that ensures that they “launch.”
  3. Yet, there are still places where youth ministry remains a low priority.  Chris Wesley looks to the issues and offers solutions.
  4. Further, our friends at Orange offer suggestions regarding casting vision with parents.
  5. is_searchingFor our weekly poster, we chose to focus on a quote coming out of the Bishops’ meeting. (left click to enlarge, right click to print, save, or post it and share!) Taylor Swift has the cover of Time magazine and is also the subject of our cover image.  Don’t like it? Well, shake it off!
  6. Today neither belief nor behavior seems to be the main reason for membership of a religious community.  Are you affirming those who choose to belong?
  7. And, in the spirit of discussing belonging, how well do we understand the science of cliques and encourage young people to recognize that their groupings might be supportive and protective but also limiting.
  8. We are glad to count you among our tribe. For you, 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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