Sow What?

I have a colleague, Margaret, who, when planning any sort of program or curriculum,  will invariably demand an answer to a very essential question:

“So  What?”

Margaret was not  being disrespectful, fatalist, or confrontational. She always to understand, to have the whole  planning team understand and agree upon, the anticipated  result. How would we evaluate success of  our work? This, of course, is Stephen Covey’s second habit: Begin with the end in mind. The “So  What?” question always clarified  diverse motivations as well as helped to keep planning on track.

An always unsatisfactory answer to the “So  What?” question was “Because that is the way that  we have always done it.”  A strategy of nostalgia is no way to build forward towards the  future..

sowerWhen Jesus explains the parable of the Sower and the Seed, He identifies that “The seed sown… is the one who hears the Word of the Kingdom.”  That seed sown may fail to understand the message and be stolen away. That seed sown may be received with joy  yet never become  fully rooted and when faced  with challenges, fall away. That seed sown may be surrounded and choked by worldly anxiety and the lure of riches and never bear fruit, the promise is found in the seed  sown upon rich soil  and the assurance of fruitfulness.

Sow what?

Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope. 1 Peter 3: 13 Make sure that whatever you do in ministry speaks the Word of Jesus and God’s Reign.

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

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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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