Gather and Go

Did y’all see this article from Katie Prejean McGrady about Youth Ministry in the midst of a pandemic? She makes some amazing points that I don’t want us to forget about as we (hopefully) begin to live in our post-pandemic world this fall.

Thoughts on Catholic School

The purpose of Catholic Schools is more than just teaching the basics of reading, writing, math, and science. It is about infusing every aspect of our lives with our Catholic identity. Let’s celebrate that!

(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?

Great Catholic Reads: The Art of Forming Young Disciples

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.

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…