A few weeks ago as I was walking to my car after Mass I overheard a teen talking to someone about our youth group. She said she’s gone a few times, but she’s not friends with the other teens nor did she feel like she learned anything useful while she was there. So she hasn’t been back. It got me thinking about this book I just finished about youth ministry and what we can do to revolutionize our approach.
If you’ve met me in person you know I’m never without a book (or 2 or 3). I think reading is the best way to live someone else’s story and experience a new adventure. In 2018 I read over 200 books and learned so many new and interesting things. This year I’m going to read a “Catholic Church Book” every month or so and share the wisdom I glean here with you … so you can either ‘get everything you need from my post and save yourself a few hours of reading’ or ‘get excited about reading it on your own.’ By “Catholic Church Book” I mean, a book that is designed to help parishes grow and thrive! I’ve got a whole bookshelf, but if you have a favorite you think I should read, let me know! I’m always in the market for a new book!
It’s time to think about 2019 and what goals we’ll set for our parishes! Have you prepared for next year yet? Are you planning for transformation at your parish? Are you stuck in a rut and need a way out? Let’s talk about goals!!
“It’s time to make a mess. It’s time to change the world. And we are just the fools to do it.” Matthew Warner wrote a super short, super inspiring book on evangelization! If you haven’t heard of it, I’m rectifying that issue today. It’s time to change the world!!
Every January people make resolutions to read and pray more to deepen their spiritual life. These parish book club ideas can help women of the parish do both!