Small Things with Great Love

My primary goal is to lead others closer to Christ through building Christocentric relationships and loving them as Christ loved us.  I strive to do this with my family, friends, coworkers, and in my ministry.  I’d love to say that this can be seen in the big and small ways of each of my interactions … Continue reading Small Things with Great Love

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Don’t Clear the Backlog Just Yet

Coming Up For Air I sat down with a friend the other day. And, as we indulged in a hipster lunch in some gourmet coffee shop, he shared his plans to take a month off this summer. He is an excellent youth minister who has not come up for air in years. I was fascinated … Continue reading Don’t Clear the Backlog Just Yet

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 … Continue reading 13 Reasons Why: A Youth Ministry Perspective

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 … Continue reading Triumph from Tragedy: 18 years later Hope Prevails

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, … Continue reading Caught and Not Taught

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 … Continue reading The Maintenance of Mission

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 … Continue reading Preach the Gospel

Continuing the Conversation

This post is based off of thoughts and reflections resulting from How Not to Hijack Your Youth. I encourage you to read that post, which shares how to facilitate discussions on controversial topics found in music, movies, or other media. The youth are able to think critically in a setting that allows for open and honest discussion. … Continue reading Continuing the Conversation

Bruised, Dirty, and Muddy?

This past Saturday, several good friends and I ran a race called the Tough Mudder. We had a lot of fun, worked hard, and got muddy. Afterward, I realized that this race makes an excellent analogy for what the beginnings of many new ministries feel like. Initially it's scary seeing the course that has been laid … Continue reading Bruised, Dirty, and Muddy?

When the Youth are “Too” Catechized

How fun would it be that on youth nights we could break out St. Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica and have a deep theological discussion with anyone and everyone in our youth group, because they'd already have an awesome foundation in what we believe? Okay. So my friends tell me I'm a dreamer, but what a … Continue reading When the Youth are “Too” Catechized