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7 Best Practices for Building Youth Discipleship Groups

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...

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

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...

The Catholic Youth Ministry Problem

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

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...