Discipleship Is…

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When I travel to parishes, my common talk is a brief introduction to the process of evangelization as the Church teaches.  The area I spend most of my time on is Discipleship and how important it is, but I intentionally do not spend much time on how Discipleship is done.  I guess I don't really [...]

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Casting Deeper #4 – Going Somewhere

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This is post #4 of a six part series.  To see the whole series, go here. We are continue to cast deeper, taking our the common vision and goals that many have in their youth ministry programs and extending them even farther.  One goal for many youth ministry programs is to achieve "relational ministry" for [...]

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Casting Deeper #3 – Authentic Authenticity

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This is post #3 of a six part series.  To see the whole series, go here. This part of the series is probably going to be my favorite to write about.  What the heck could I mean by "Authentic Authenticity?" Here's is a scenario that I come across often as I work with many parishes, [...]

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Casting Deeper #2 – Defining Success

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This is post #2 of a six part series.  To see the other posts go here: For the longest time as a youth minister, my goal was to get as many kids as possible to the summer camp or the youth rallies that were held through our Diocese.  I knew that the track record for [...]

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Casting Deeper #1 – Introduction

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This is post #1 of a six part series.  To see the whole series, go here. Many of our efforts are failing in youth ministry. It is like we are out on the boat and our response to God right now is "Master, we toiled all night and took nothing" (Luke 4:5).  We get frustrated [...]

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How To Motivate & Inspire Your Volunteers

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In the past couple of months I have been traveling to parishes training Catechists.  It is interesting to see the different levels of excitement and readiness to learn and grow from the adults that have stepped up and sacrificed their time to teach or lead small groups in their parishes.  I can look around and [...]

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An Interview With Jeremy from ParentZilla & ParentMinistry.Net

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Parent Ministry is a HUGE part of youth ministry.  If we are to effectively minister to the youth, we must understand the limitations with it.  We will never be nearly as effective in reaching teens as their parents are able to be.  Our role is to partner with the parents in their responsibility to minister [...]

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