Catholic Youth Ministry Blog

Ten Common Mistakes Discipleship Leaders Make

2019-02-22T08:15:34-06:00

Over the past few years, I have seen several common mistakes, and I thought it would be helpful to share my observations in the hope that others can learn from them as well. Here are the top ten mistakes I am seeing discipleship leaders make as they strive to foster an atmosphere of discipleship in their ministry to others:

Ten Common Mistakes Discipleship Leaders Make2019-02-22T08:15:34-06:00

10 Youth You May Not Be Reaching and How You Can

2019-02-28T06:44:30-06:00

One of the things that I find myself doing frequently is looking at the youth in our parish and around our community and wondering what I can do- or really, what the Church might be able to do- in order to help them to know Jesus Christ if they do not know him already. For

10 Youth You May Not Be Reaching and How You Can2019-02-28T06:44:30-06:00

A Unique Method of Engaging Parents in Youth Ministry

2019-03-01T06:43:02-06:00

When parents have to pick and choose the things to which they will give their time and we give them the option to not be involved, why would they be? By not requiring them to be involved, we essentially tell them that we’ve got it covered or we don’t necessarily “need” their help.

A Unique Method of Engaging Parents in Youth Ministry2019-03-01T06:43:02-06:00

The Five Levels of Delegation for a Discipleship Leader

2019-03-01T06:46:30-06:00

This tool helps to identify the type of tasks each person can handle and what are some concrete steps a leader can take to encourage them in each phase of their growth. Helping adults progress through each of these levels will also help them build their own confidence to lead those with whom they are working. These five levels of delegation are the way in which a parish will deepen their discipleship efforts.

The Five Levels of Delegation for a Discipleship Leader2019-03-01T06:46:30-06:00

Deliberate “Practice Makes Perfect” Youth Ministers

2019-03-01T06:48:57-06:00

I believe that in order for us to increase our effectiveness in youth ministry, we have to begin to provide opportunities for adults in the parish to practice being youth ministers. In Talent is Overrated, Geoff Colvin writes about “deliberate practice”. Deliberate practice is how people like Mozart and Tiger Woods achieved such great heights in the utilization of their skills. I believe that we can begin to help adults in the Church become great not just in youth ministry but in discipleship and evangelization as a whole if we can set them up for success- just like the people involved in Mozart and Tiger Woods’ lives did for them.

Deliberate “Practice Makes Perfect” Youth Ministers2019-03-01T06:48:57-06:00

New Evangelization = The Courage to Forge New Paths

2019-03-01T06:51:30-06:00

What is the New Evangelization? For the first time in the history of the Church, we are in a situation where entire countries and civilizations that once claimed to be Christian no longer do. They accepted the Gospel and even strived to live Christian moral values for some time but have since rejected those values.

New Evangelization = The Courage to Forge New Paths2019-03-01T06:51:30-06:00

Diving Into The Earmarks: Accountability to Life Change

2019-03-02T06:45:49-06:00

Fostering Accountability to Life Change in Discipleship Focused Youth Ministry starts by recognizing that we are not able to do in the 90-120 minutes a week all that needs to be done. If we are going to have ministry that truly helps youth, it will need to begin requiring more than simply attending our programming.

Diving Into The Earmarks: Accountability to Life Change2019-03-02T06:45:49-06:00

4 Ideas for Kicking Off This School Year the Right Way

2019-03-02T06:53:04-06:00

With all of the variables that come with an approach as messy as Discipleship Focused Youth Ministry it, can be difficult for a parish coordinator to know how to respond. I thought it would be helpful to share just a few things I have seen a parish coordinator do well that can help support and encourage the discipleship in the parish as the new year begins.

4 Ideas for Kicking Off This School Year the Right Way2019-03-02T06:53:04-06:00

Diving Into the Earmarks – Customization

2019-03-02T06:47:34-06:00

One of the most powerful aspects of Discipleship Focused Youth Ministry that truly sets it apart from other approaches is the call for a customized plan for each and every student. When I led a youth group, I remember the constant tension between boring those who wanted to go deeper with too many games and

Diving Into the Earmarks – Customization2019-03-02T06:47:34-06:00