One Body and One Spirit

Last week we had our monthly Middle School Family Dinner at St. Joseph’s parish. We talked about the negative and positive pressure of our peers and the value of true friends. If you take those things a little bit deeper, we were really getting at the need for good community, for a group of people … Continue reading One Body and One Spirit

When Ministry Ends at Your Front Door

In times of ministry, it’s easy for the charity switch to turn on. But the most difficult moment of ministry leadership is when you return home.  My wife is amazing and, while she doesn’t have a specific role on the Core Team (except when we ask her to speak), she leads the ministry of supporting … Continue reading When Ministry Ends at Your Front Door

The Efficient Minister: Meetings & Email

This post is part 2 in the Efficient Minister Series. Check out Part 1 as it features an overview on why time matters particiularly for ministry leaders. Meetings Some say ‘meetings are a necessary evil.’ While I cannot speak to the totality of that statement, most meetings I attend are not necessary. Communication is necessary, … Continue reading The Efficient Minister: Meetings & Email

Parents are no longer the Primary Catechists

Disclaimer: This post speaks in generalities. Yes, there are still many amazing families out there dynamically living out the role as primary catechists which they embraced at marriage and reinforced when their child was baptized. This post speaks to the average church-goer, the one that needs to be won over and introduced to a dynamic … Continue reading Parents are no longer the Primary Catechists

Big Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Today

 I was able to enjoy the movie Creed, a story from the Rocky series in which Rocky Balboa coaches Apollo Creed’s son against tremendous odds. The last scene features Rocky and Adonis Creed climbing the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum. As they admire the view, Rocky says, ‘You know if you look hard enough, … Continue reading Big Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Today

Mercy Will Destroy You

Pope Francis declared a Year of Mercy for the Catholic Church. It began on December 8th, 2015 the feast of the Immaculate Conception and will end on November 20th, 2016 the feast of Christ the King. It is a time of forgiveness of sins, and extraordinary graces surrounding God's mercy. This is an amazing time … Continue reading Mercy Will Destroy You

8 Ways to Bless your Marriage as a Minister.

I love the black and white decisions, like the time I got the call that my 3 year old daughter was in the hospital with a broken leg. It was a no brainer; drop everything and go. One phone call on the way mobilized my volunteers to cover the ministry event I had starting in … Continue reading 8 Ways to Bless your Marriage as a Minister.

Hearing Vs. Listening: You’ve sat down, now what? Pt. 2

Missed Part 1?  Read it here.   This second installment of my three part series on Hearing vs. Listening walks you through the steps and skills of taking a conversation from a mere transaction to an encounter. Deeper Steps in Listening 1. Invite/Invoke the Holy Spirit into the conversation  When you meet a person for the … Continue reading Hearing Vs. Listening: You’ve sat down, now what? Pt. 2

Hearing vs. Listening: What’s the difference? Pt. 1

In my experience of church ministry, I have often found that most people who approach the church are in need of something on their “to do” list, but are also in need of so much more.  They are in need of someone to listen to their stories and help them move forward. Since I was … Continue reading Hearing vs. Listening: What’s the difference? Pt. 1