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

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.  … Continue reading How A Mud Run Transformed My View of Christianity

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 … Continue reading Where Is Your Happy Place?

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

Becoming a Man of Prayer: Part 4

Thanks for joining me, Matt, on this series for men. We've come a long way and here we are at the conclusion. To recap, we started off talking about the ways men are attacked. We are fed lies from the Devil and grow burdened with our fears and our sins. In response to this, we must … Continue reading Becoming a Man of Prayer: Part 4

Becoming a Man of Prayer: Part 3

Thanks for joining us for Part 3 of our series for men. In Part 1, we talked about how the world we live in is hurting. Depression, alcoholism, pornography… the list goes on and it’s obvious to see there is an attack on men in this world. Last week in Part 2, we discussed how the … Continue reading Becoming a Man of Prayer: Part 3

Becoming a Man of Prayer: Part 2

Welcome back to our series for men. I encourage you to share this with the men at your parish, your brothers in Christ, and anyone God has placed in your life who you think would benefit from this series. Last week, we talked about how the world we live in is hurting. Depression, alcoholism, pornography... the … Continue reading Becoming a Man of Prayer: Part 2

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

YM Exposed: Things I Never Thought I’d Do

  Whenever you began your youth ministry career you had hopes and aspirations.  You may have been excited to lead teens to Christ, catechize them on the truths of the faith, and build relationships with them.  You probably expected some joys and challenges to take place like teens encountering Christ, occasional difficulties with co-workers or … Continue reading YM Exposed: Things I Never Thought I’d Do