Discipleship Focused Ministry Blog

The Five Levels of Delegation for a Discipleship Leader


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


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


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


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


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


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

7 Realities That Summer Will Bring For Your Discipleship Group


I think the best approach to the summer months is to accept that discipleship will just look different than it does during the school year. Summer makes things a bit more difficult, but it also offers opportunities for things that are not as easily done during the school year. Here are 7 realities that will hit when summer kicks in full force.

7 Realities That Summer Will Bring For Your Discipleship Group2019-03-02T07:04:05-06:00

10 Ways a Parish Discipleship Coordinator Can Find Mentorship


One of my first blog posts was titled Who Is Supposed to Disciple Me? In ministry, we usually focus on helping others grow in discipleship, but lets face it: it can be very difficult for a youth leader to find good mentorship for him or herself. Naturally, it would seem that the Diocesan Director is

10 Ways a Parish Discipleship Coordinator Can Find Mentorship2019-03-02T07:07:09-06:00

Diving Into The Earmarks: Mutual Responsibility


Have you ever wondered why fitness center memberships can be so expensive or why they require you to have a certain length of contract? Many fitness centers would actually say that charging a higher rate and expecting a commitment from their customers will actually make the customers happier. People use their services because they have

Diving Into The Earmarks: Mutual Responsibility2019-03-02T06:49:24-06:00