Trouble in Paradise: When Disciples Just Can’t Get Along

As the Campus Minister at a Catholic School, I have the unique opportunity of being present for all the little arguments and disagreements that happen throughout the day with the kids I minister to. Sometimes these conflicts are minor; a girl snaps at her friend, or a boy brushes past a classmate a little too … Continue reading Trouble in Paradise: When Disciples Just Can’t Get Along

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

Expect the Unexpected

In ministry, you have the opportunity to be a part of several retreats. After the fifth or sixth retreat, we as ministers can be tempted to ease into a comfort zone. I have found that there are times when you have to be intentionally open to what God can do in your life and how he can use … Continue reading Expect the Unexpected

Share the Vision

Ask any minister and they’ll tell you, "we could never do what we do without our volunteers." Events, giving talks, leading small groups, being in dramas or skits on retreats... I mean, there's no way that one minister could dress up as the entire cast from the Hunger Games all by themselves. Volunteers really are … Continue reading Share the Vision

Tell Them A Jesus Kind of Truth

Sometimes, I think we make ministry way more complicated than it needs to be. We agonize over curriculum, content, and delivery, and while these things are important, they should not be our focus. When they are, I think we miss out on the simplicity of what God is actually asking us to do as ministers. … Continue reading Tell Them A Jesus Kind of Truth

Volunteer Training, Simplified

The ministry year is in full swing! We're drinking more coffee than ever and have full voicemail inboxes, but to God be the glory! At this point in the fall semester, you might still be searching for volunteers, or you may be realizing that the ones you have still need some help. Today's post is to … Continue reading Volunteer Training, Simplified

Resolve to Listen Better! – 9 “Action” Tips for Listening Success

Have you ever struggled with what to say when?  Want to have more intentional conversations with teens, parents, friends, or strangers? Pick one or all of the tips to help you have better conversations with those around you. Love a person where they are – but love them even more to not leave them there. … Continue reading Resolve to Listen Better! – 9 “Action” Tips for Listening Success

Desire Paths

A desire path usually represents the shortest or most easily navigated route between an origin and a destination. The path can be created as a consequence of foot or bicycle traffic. These are also known as desire lines, social trails, or (the best one) goat tracks. It’s the simplest solution in getting from point A to point B. I spent … Continue reading Desire Paths

3 Cities, 7 Deaths…NOW WHAT?!

You’d have to be living under a rock to not know what has been happening in our country over the past week.  There were multiple fatal shootings by police officers being called into question with a public outcry helped by witness’s video, then someone taking the law into his own hands and ending the lives … Continue reading 3 Cities, 7 Deaths…NOW WHAT?!

4 things I learned about Evangelization from Vacation Bible School

This past week our church hosted Cave Quest VBS. It was an outstanding adventure… and a significant amount of work. Here are a few lessons I learned about Evangelization from Vacation Bible School. Evangelization is Joy-filled At the morning VBS meeting, the leaders reminded the volunteers that the energy they bring is the energy that … Continue reading 4 things I learned about Evangelization from Vacation Bible School