What’s Right

beautifulmess-merged-500x5001 I am writing this on Thursday evening and, yikesee, I am toasty.  Only half the week gone but it has been active and good… very good.

Before doing some blog postings and Facebook surfing, I cranked up some easy listening jazz and read (all in one sitting) Mark Oestreicher’s new book A Beautiful Mess: What’s Right with Youth Ministry.

A blogger that I regularly read, Marko has often outlined how we might up our game regarding youth ministry, BUT, he suggests that “often embedded in much of the conversation about how to “fix” youth ministry (I’m calling myself out here) is the unspoken idea that I am capable and that you are capable of transforming the lives of teenagers. The thinking is: If teenagers don’t embrace a robust faith, and it was because I wasn’t doing youth ministry right, then if I change things up, I can cause them to be more Christian. AND yet, there is another BUT…  What’s right is that our efforts is making a difference!

It’s a quickee read, even if you’re a little toasty. And I needed the good news and the good perspective. Check it out!

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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