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

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

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

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

The Balancing Act

You want to do it all.  Lead others closer to Christ.  Set a good example.  Walk with people in their struggles.  Improve the programs and ministries you have.  All while utilizing the gifts God has given you.  You stack one thing on top of the next, hoping it will all hold and the pile won’t … Continue reading The Balancing Act

The Most Difficult Moment of Ministry Leadership

You are a ministry leader, whether it is paid or volunteer, whether you lead a class, small group, or simply help serve the breakfast at an event; you encounter people and are called to be Christ to those people. In these moments, and beyond, you are a ministry leader. In times of ministry it’s easy … Continue reading The Most Difficult Moment of Ministry Leadership