Break Down the Silos

When we work as a team, we accomplish more than if we went at it alone. We all agree that’s true in business, sports, and even our personal lives … so why don’t we live it in our parish ministries?

Helping Young Mothers

One of the most common things I hear from survey respondents is “where are the young families? children? next generation?” Many times the answer is “they’re struggling to figure out where they fit in the parish in the midst of everything else.” What if every parish did one new thing to help young families this year? What difference could we all make in the Church?

Live @ The Ramada

If we want to incorporate new people into the community, then we need to think outside the box. If we always do what we’ve always done we’ll always get the same results we’ve always had. Think outside the box!

Millennials & Catholic Parishes

I love when an article online perfectly articulates what I’ve been thinking but can’t figure out how to say. Tom does this in a recent Aleteia article about millennials and Catholic parishes. What to do and what not to do, and it’s not what you think!

(Youth) Ministry Bias

Do we do ministries just because someone else told us to? Or because “we’ve always done that this way”? Or because it makes the most sense for the people we are trying to reach?

A Focus on Middle School

When you hear “deep theological discussions” most people don’t immediate think “Middle School Youth Ministry.” But today I want to make you a little more curious about middle school students, the faith, and where the church can go this spring. Let’s choose one thing we can do to actively engage our middle school students in the faith … read more about why that’s important in today’s post!

Relevant or Authentic

The number one concern people share on surveys regarding the “future of the Church” is how we will attract youth, young families, and young adults. They are missing from the pews … so what’s the first step in getting the back? Well, a hint: it’s not as complicated as you think; although it won’t be easy.

Millennials & Stewardship (pt 2)

In a previous post (August 2017), we discussed two of the four pillars of Stewardship (Hospitality and Formation) as they relate to Millennials with some Do’s and Don’t’s. Today we will discuss the other two pillars of Stewardship: Prayer and Service Remember: Millennials make up more than 75 million Americans and most people think they…

Millennials & Stewardship (pt 1)

​The Do’s & Don’ts of Stewardship for Millennials What do Stewardship & Millennials have in common? They are extremely misunderstood. Most people think (and unfortunately many parishes teach) that Stewardship is all about money because they focus on the Stewardship of Treasure drive at the parish. We know that a Stewardship Parish does not center…