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Freedom in Failure

Recently, I had an amazing ministry experience where the teens debated against the adult leaders on certain positions that atheists or anti-Christians often hold. The debate was civil, but the adults, who played the role of the atheists/anti-Christians, did not hold back. The teens found themselves in a safe place to strive and fail. This [...]

How A Mud Run Transformed My View of Christianity

Obstacles I recently completed my 6th Tough Mudder in as many years.  A Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile obstacles course with 20-25 obstacles and plenty of mud.  They intentionally implement several obstacles that cannot be completed without the help of others. The first year I ran was on the anniversary of the Columbine shooting.  [...]

Where Is Your Happy Place?

Your Happy Place Are you sitting near a stream? Maybe you are in the stands, watching your child perform on the field or the stage? Are you in front of a blank canvas with a brush in hand? You could be sitting on the porch, on a cool morning drinking a cup of coffee? Instead, you may consider [...]

13 Reasons Why: A Youth Ministry Perspective

13 Reasons Why...or Why Not? You've seen the various posts on social media. Netflix made a show and teens are watching it. What to Know It's not a show about suicide, it's a show about manipulating people through suicide. It's not a show for teenagers, its rated MA for Mature Adults, I've never met someone [...]

Triumph from Tragedy: 18 years later Hope Prevails

As a junior in high school I was looking forward to going to prom in a week and celebrating my 17th birthday a few days after that.  But in one fateful morning all of that became inconsequential and my life was forever changed. It was a beautiful spring day and we begged the teachers to let us [...]

Caught and Not Taught

Think back to last summer. I know for some of us ministers this might be impossible, but humor me for a moment. Yes, since then there have been countless events, meetings, and distractions. But think back to those first few months of planning for this ministry year. Scheduling topics for particular nights, looking through your curriculum, [...]

The Maintenance of Mission

Our parish recently went through a revitalization of our vision. This led to a very successful capital campaign and a unified drive within the ministries of the parish. The tagline that kept our eyes focused on the vision was that we are moving from ‘Maintenance to Mission’. This idea is amazing, but often can be [...]

Preach the Gospel

This past semester at St. Joseph's, the middle school group focused on the sacred scripture. We started with basics, how the Church formed the Bible and what books make it up. Then we zeroed in on the gospels, learned what parables were, and looked at a number of Jesus' teachings and miracles. We also talked [...]