Things have been pretty quiet on the Catholic Student Ministry Blog – not because there’s nothing going on, but because there’s too much stuff going on. So I thought I’d break the silence and fill you in on the details of what’s in the pipeline (both personally and with this blog):
Starting a New Job
Most of you know that a year ago I left full-time ministry to take a job with an amazing Catholic tech company. I was still doing a lot of ministry on the side, but my days were spent managing the social media and marketing platforms of eCatholic. In addition, I was part of the team developing the new #eCatholic5 — an amazing CMS platform released in 2014
About a month ago an opportunity came along that I couldn’t pass up. One of my former pastors (he actually baptized my oldest) offered me a youth ministry position at his parish. There’s a lot about the job that made it the right move for us, but here’s just a few:
- I’ll be working for a pastor who has genuine desire to see students reached.
- I’ll be building a ministry from the ground up in a parish where they’re open to new models of ministry.
- The parish is only an 8 minute drive from my wife’s new job (for the past year we’ve been living in the middle of our jobs with me commuting an hour each way and her 30 minutes).
- It’s in a part of the city that not only are we familiar with but that we love!
- It’s close to both family and friends!
- It’s actually a “part-time” gig (I know, I know, there’s no such thing as part-time youth ministry, only part-time pay). Now most people might see that as a negative, for me it opens the doors to pursue other projects and preaching opportunities while still doing parish-level ministry.
My work at the new parish starts on August 6th. And you can expect me to detail the journey and the lessons learned while building a new program from scratch.
A New Home For The Blog
Over the next couple weeks, you’ll notice things being cleaned up around the CatholicStudentMinistry.com blog. We’re getting things ready because in September this blog will move to it’s new home on ProjectYM.com. Speaking of…
I’ve teamed up with Tony Vasinda and Scott Dougherty to build the Catholic youth ministry site we’ve always wished for. It’s a collaborative blog and resource site – the CatholicStudentMinistry.com blog will move over there to become one of the featured channels at ProjectYM (along with other great blogs like CatholicYMBlog.com). As of today, over 25 youth ministers from around the world have joined the team, including folks like: John Rinaldo, D. Scott Miller, Alison Griswold, Chris Padgett, and Katie Prejean. Check out the complete list at ProjectYM.com.
We’re launching the site this September.
This summer I launched CatholicBands.com – It’s a simple, subscription service that introduces you to new Catholic bands. Once you sign up, we’ll send you an in depth profile of a Catholic band each week. You’ll get know bands and musicians from all different styles: learn what drives their passion for music, hear about their Catholic faith, and (best of all) get to download free MP3s of their music!
I was invited to travel to Uganda in August to be the keynote speaker at the Diocese of Masaka’s summer youth conference. I’ll be speaking to over a thousand teens gathered together for four days of worship, prayer and discipleship. I’ll also have the opportunity to do some traveling through Ugandan working with teens and youth ministers in villages throughout the diocese.
The catch is: the Diocese of Masaka has very limited resources, and in order to make sure that they use those resources to best serve the teens of their diocese, they asked me to fundraise the cost of my trip.
To do so, I launched a fundraising site: ReigniteUganda.com
The cool thing is, not only can people partner with me financially, but people can actually connect with the conference live and worship with over 1,000 teens. It’s also possible for youth ministers to setup access for entire groups to worship with us or even deliver a video greeting to the teens of Uganda or send tshirts from their ministry as prize giveaways at the conference!
Do me a favor: Check out the site, donate, and help spread the word.
More Blog Posts Coming Soon
Once I get started at my new job, expect to see plenty of new blog posts on here as well as a resurrection of the Catholic Student Ministry podcast.