youth discipleship blog

The Catholic Youth Ministry Problem

One afternoon, I was sitting at my desk planning and preparing for the upcoming series of Sunday night youth groups. At that point in my career, I had been working in parish youth ministry for nearly 6 years. I had a good number of teens participating in my youth...

The Problem With the Youth Group Mentality

“We may live in a culture in which bigger has become synonymous with better, but we serve a Lord who spoke of his kingdom in terms of a mustard seed, a widow’s mite and a single lost sheep. I love building a crowd. It makes me feel good. It makes me look good. And...

A Lesson in Relational Ministry

Several years ago, I found myself sitting in a gay bar, playing bingo with drag queens, shooting pool with gay men, and conversing with people I never thought I would ever have a conversation with. It was – initially – a very awkward experience. I don’t enjoy hanging...

Religious Education: What the heck were we thinking?

I have been working in youth ministry for nearly a decade. Over the course of my years in ministry, I have had countless interactions with people in charge of youth formation in parishes. Without fail, when I get into a conversation with a group of people regarding...