youth discipleship blog

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...

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...