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youth discipleship blog

3 Keys to Becoming a Better Preacher

I was visiting my in-law’s parish over Thanksgiving weekend with the rest of my family and the Deacon gave the homily during Mass. The homily was memorable – but for all of the wrong reasons. It was one of the worst homilies I have heard in recent memory. Don’t...

Five Signs That Your Ministry is Hurting Your Life

I have been working in ministry for over 12 years and during my time in ministry I have seen many cases where my colleagues lives have fallen apart in the midst of working in ministry. I have seen priests leave the priesthood. I have seen marriages end in divorce. I...

ANNOUNCING MY NEW BOOK! The Art of Forming Young Disciples

I had a “successful” youth ministry, I had everything that I believed I needed in my parish ministry to build a huge and successful ministry. And I looked at the long term results of what the youth ministry had produced over several years – discovering that only a...

St. Andrew Missionaries – 2017 in Review

Thank you! Because of your support, many teenagers are entering into the process of discipleship . Our first mission territory has been Dowling Catholic High School, in Des Moines, IA. The high school took a leap of faith and hired staff to focus on building...

October Newsletter

I was invited by Fr. John Guzaldo and St. Louis Catholic Parish to participate as one of their speakers in their lecture series on evangelization. I spoke in Waco, TX on Thursday, October 19 on the topic of “Evangelizing Teenagers. If you would like to watch the...

Five Youth Ministry Practices that are Outdated

I’m an eleven year veteran of youth ministry and there are a handful of practices that I commonly see that regularly make me cringe. Jesus taught us that a tree that bears no fruit should be cutdown. Here are 5 youth ministry practices that I believe need to be put...

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...