youth discipleship blog

September Newsletter – New Strategic Partnership!

St. Andrew Missionaries Partners with Ablaze Ministries Ablaze Ministries is a youth ministry organization that provides a team of youth ministry missionaries for Catholic parishes and schools. They enable schools and parishes of all sizes to sustain professional,...

Losing Sight of Christ Will Break a Ministry

I attended my first and only NFCYM (National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry) Membership meeting in 2015. This annual meeting is a gathering of all diocesan leaders and youth ministry organizations in the United States. Every morning, we started with Mass and...

3 Practical Tips to Engage Parents in Youth Ministry

Many of the youth ministry leaders that I know often lament the lack of parental involvement in their ministry programs. They openly question why parents don’t bring their kids to Mass and they are quick to blame parents for the struggling state of ministry in the...

July Newsletter

St. Andrew Missionaries receives a grant! Our Sunday Visitor Institute has awarded St. Andrew Missionaries with an operational grant for 2017-18. This grant will help us move one step closer to launching a missionary formation program. We hope to be able to put...

Catholic Answers Live Interview with Everett Fritz

I was recently interviewed on Catholic Answers Live. We discussed the topic: Why Young People are Leaving the Church. It was a great discussion! You can watch the entire interview here. To read more about my philosophy of Youth Ministry, check out The Theory of...

7 Best Practices for Building Youth Discipleship Groups

Over the past several years, I have worked in a variety of settings where I helped youth ministries make the shift to small group discipleship. I have helped parishes transition from a youth group structure to a small group structure. I have helped a small parish...

Responding to “Missionary Impulse.” – May Newsletter

I have been re-reading Pope Francis’s first apostolic exhortation – Evangelium Gaudium (the Joy of the Gospel. Check out paragraph 27: I dream of a “missionary option”, that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church’s...

The Theory of One: Youth Ministry One Person at a Time

Imagine that a Catholic parish posted a job description and it read something like this: Wanted: Parish Evangelist Salary: Very high and competitive salary Job Description: Recruit and form one person into a life-long disciple of Jesus Christ. Whenever I offer youth...

St. Andrew Missionaries is growing…

Greetings! I pray everyone is blessed during this holiest week of the year… It has been a busy month for St. Andrew Missionaries. A mere 3 months after launching, St. Andrew Missionaries is under contract with one diocese and is headed to contract with another....

Amazing Testimonies From the Road – the Fruit of Discipleship

St. Andrew Missionaries is up and running! It has been a busy several weeks in the ministry. Here are some amazing testimonies from my work in Denver and on the road. High School Discipleship Group – Denver I have been leading my discipleship group for the past...