Moving Forward, Building Momentum

During lunchtime today, my colleague and friend, Steve, were discussing where we were in ministry a year ago and where we are now. We were both struck by how people and resources have come out of the woodwork over the past year to help us succeed in our ministry to youth and young adults. In the past year and a half, we were able to launch six new ministry initiatives. We were surprised at how people have so willingly and graciously offered their time, talent, and treasure to make these initiatives happen. For that, we are grateful.

What shocked us the most was when Steve and I started these projects, we had nothing. No volunteers, no money, no equipment. We created a plan and set the vision in motion. As the vision caught on, it was amazing to both of us how things came together. We didn’t know how it would come together. It just did. We only have the Holy Spirit and those people to thank for what has happened.

I couldn’t help reflect on the leadership principles I learned in this short lunchtime discussion.

  1. If we wait to act, we will never act. I thought about an analogy I heard before. “If you wait for all the lights in town to turn green before your start driving, you will never start driving.” How true that is. We didn’t know which lights were green or red. We just started driving.
  2. As we start to act, the resources will make themselves apparent. In other words, “If you build it, they will come.” There were so many missing pieces as we began this vision for our ministry. We knew that. But we figured that we would find a way. And we did. People volunteered. People provided equipment. People donated money. People stood up to take a lead. We couldn’t even imagine this when we started. But it happened.
  3. As we keep acting on the vision and moving forward, excitement, energy, and momentum start to build. What’s so much fun about this time in our ministry is not the actual projects themselves (although that’s cool), it’s how excited the people are about the projects and how much they enjoying being a part of the team. Now we are building off of that energy. Now is not the time to stop or slow down. Now is the time to keep ramping it up because we do have the momentum in our favor. If we do slow down, that excitement, energy, and momentum will start to wane.

Do you have an exciting vision? Just start moving forward. Come up with and execute the plan. If it’s a vision worth pursuing, the Holy Spirit will provide.

John Rinaldo

As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.


John Rinaldo


As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.



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