Catholic Youth Ministry Blog

It’s Impossible to “Form Young People” In Two Hours a Week


I recently read through about 80 evaluations from a day of formation offered on discipleship. One of the questions on the participant evaluation asked about specific struggles people had experienced in their discipleship efforts thus far . The most common responses had something to do with the busyness of individuals in the group or lack

It’s Impossible to “Form Young People” In Two Hours a Week2019-04-29T10:15:10-06:00

Why Parents Aren’t Involved in Your Ministry


I’ve read a lot of articles and resources from different people involved in youth ministry about how to engage parents within in a youth ministry program. Heck, one of our most-shared blog posts talks about just that. I struggle a lot with this topic because most of the time, the goal is about improving “my

Why Parents Aren’t Involved in Your Ministry2019-02-17T15:55:51-06:00

Two Necessary Skills of a Strong Parish Leader in Discipleship


Forming disciples versus simply telling people what to do requires a different skill set than we are used to drawing upon in youth ministry. I have spoken with hundreds of different youth leaders who have, to certain degree, perfected the various models of youth ministry. I’m sure it’s been said several times already on this

Two Necessary Skills of a Strong Parish Leader in Discipleship2019-02-20T06:49:51-06:00

Should We Be Training or Forming Our Leaders?


For the past 10-15 years, I’ve been watching the evolution of youth ministry. During that time, people have been searching for the right resource that is going to respond to the needs of young people. Today, we have top notch resources that can be used in just about any setting, for any sized group of

Should We Be Training or Forming Our Leaders?2019-02-20T06:41:21-06:00

Large Group or Discipleship Groups?


How does a parish youth ministry have time to manage both a large group program and discipleship groups? Utilizing the model of Discipleship Focused Youth Ministry, this is absolutely possible, and I would argue that parish youth ministers who adopt these simple mindsets actually find themselves with less anxiety and less “work.”

Large Group or Discipleship Groups?2019-02-22T06:37:38-06:00

Evangelization – Where Are We Going Wrong?


For some time now, I’ve been trying to put my finger on the “missing piece” in our current efforts at evangelization. I’ve written a post about how evangelization shouldn’t be so hard and shared my experience of watching evangelization happen through people not necessarily because THEY did something extreme. It’s not hard to find writings

Evangelization – Where Are We Going Wrong?2019-02-22T06:45:20-06:00

A CRAZY Youth Ministry Proposal


A couple of years ago, I spoke with a mom in a local parish who was interested in leading a small discipleship group. She was excited because the parish was encouraging discipleship groups to begin as naturally as possible, so she immediately saw her daughter, her daughter’s friends, and a couple other youth as a

A CRAZY Youth Ministry Proposal2019-02-22T06:47:43-06:00