Seek and Share

Faith Formation is no  longer limited to our  ability to attract a crowd or distribute a printed handout  (which, of course,  to do that… you need a crowd.)  And this should  challenge our own self-perceptions of what is involved in our ministry.

We are called to be content curators. (Yes, this is not a new argument from this corner of the interwebs.)  A content curator is someone who continually seeks and shares materials from the internet specifically to a targeted audience .  It is not so  much that they create more content to an ever expanding world wide web; but they make sense of all the content that others are creating.  One example is what has been going on with the EightDays posts.  NCCL has been doing this for years with their own Catechetical Leader e-mails /postings.

content-curatorYes, you do this as well every time you “Share” / reTweet something – but here is an invitation to become more strategic  and consistent in this practice.   How can we seek and share formation posts / videos /podcasts with  catechists, core team members, key volunteers?  How might we better serve parents though similar efforts at “seek and share?”

I know, I know…. How can we be assured that they will “get it?”  Again, you might  possibly be over-estimating the abilities of your own transmission of the message via the gathered crowd and/or the printed handout.  Technology puts the information out there (hmmm, as in seed sown) and allows the soil to deal with in in their own time and interest.

In the interest of curating content in the area of curating content…. Here are a few tips:

  • A Primer: John Roberto offers a strong starting point for someone looking to explore further in this area. Part One     Part Tw0     Meanwhile,  Karen Shay-Kubiak makes the case for using e-mail effectively and there are many services like FlockNote, Constant Contact, MailChimp, and others to help you out.
  • Where the Content?  Where is it not??? MIT has over 1600 courses online. We live surrounded by an abundance of content.  20 hours of video are posted every minute.  It is estimated that all of the information on the Internet is doubling every 72 hours.
    I know  where I get mine from….  my twitter account, my facebook account, of course.  But I also read over 50 blog / news sources through a feedly account.  The sub-categories  of feeds I have developed show a diversity of interests:  Business Marketing, Catechesis, Church, Church Professional, Family Ministry, News, Schools, and Youth Ministry.
  • When do You  find the Time?  First, I live alone… so I can pursue my advocacies (such as a youth ministry presence on the internet) as I choose.  I also do most this stuff in the early mooring (my  clock reads 6:17am as I type this) and on a free weekend mornings.  I also always  attempt towards posting stuff in a manner where it is “scheduled” to go out before it actually posts.  I  could be incapacitated or dead and my virtual presence would  still go on without my assistance-  This allows me to be dependable /reliable no matter how insane life gets. The WordPress platform we use here at ProjectYM allows us  to schedule and I use  FutureTweets to post on Twitter about five times a day, without going on-line constantly throughout the day (denying my employers a full day’s effort)
  • Listen and Review Folks will  comment  on what you are saying.  Listen to their  reactions.  Editors on newspapers do present an editorial viewpoint on how they present content and there is very little difference there  with on-line content.  What is your editorial perspective?  Is that the image you want to present?  Does  it  compliment or hinder you professionally>

As spring move  into summer and you plan for fall, how  might you expand your own abilities as a curator of content>

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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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