Do we ban the use of cell phones in ministry? Or do we find a way to use them for formation and evangelization opportunities? In this episode, Chris and John discuss when we should use cell phones in ministry and when we should ban them. As a bonus, you’ll learn what...read more
As a ministry leader in the Church, there are some good reasons to consider moving forward to get your graduate degree in theology or a related field. In this episode, John and Chris discuss their experience with graduate school, reasons to get a degree, and what to consider in deciding where to get your degree.read more
I don’t like long meetings. I especially don’t like long meetings when they are not productive. There is nothing worse than feeling like you just wasted your time sitting through another meeting. Meetings do not have to be bad thing. In fact, I think they are...read more
As part of the Church’s justice mission to serve those most in need, we have a responsibility to care for those in our community who are dealing with things in their lives that require the support of their community.
In this episode, Chris and John explore ways that churches can enhance their pastoral care ministry.read more
It happens to the best of us. At some point, you realize that you don’t like your ministry.
It’s not a long-term thought. It’s more of a fleeting and passing thought that this ministry you once loved is getting on your nerves. If nothing changes, as time progresses, you start to think about moving into another ministry or job and finding yourself really unhappy.
You are experiencing burn out.read more
The 4 Pillars of Partnering with Parents – The How-To Guide To Engaging Our Parents in Ministry: Part 7
I recently read a great book from author Jim Burns, Partnering with Parents in Youth Ministry. In it, he writes about the four essential pillars to engaging parents in ministry.read more
Confirmation is such an awesome sacrament that we needed 2 episodes to cover it all!
In this 6th and final episode in our series on sacramental preparation, John and Chris go into even more detail as to how we might rebuild Confirmation preparation, including talking about retreats, small groups, and more.read more
Churches have parents walking inside their doors all the time. If it’s not regularly on Sunday, then it’s for baptisms, first communions, confirmations, and weddings.
For Catholics, these are four of the seven sacraments that are very highly regarded. Almost every Christian church celebrates baptisms and weddings. Even the most disconnected adults attend church for these sacraments, either for their own children or the children of others.
How do we intentionally connect and engage with parents during these events?read more
Does your parish celebrate Confirmation just to see that the next week, nobody who was confirmed comes to Mass? Do you sometimes feel like Confirmation is a graduation? It doesn’t have to be like that.
In this fifth episode in our series on sacramental preparation, John and Chris delve into how we might rebuild Confirmation preparation so as to truly have a life-changing effect that converts young people into intentional discipleship.
This is Part 1 of a 2-part episode.read more
Dealing with faith and a relationship with Christ means dealing with the long-term and non-tangible. I dare to say that parents focus more on the short-term goals of their children then they do on the long-term goals.
For instance, parents spend more energy getting their kids involved in sports than in church. That is true for getting good grades, being involved in theatre or dance, and other more tangible things.read more