Retreats are an essential part of any ministry in the parish. In this episode, Chris and John discuss the purpose of retreats and why we should consider doing retreats for all audiences in the parish and not just youth.read more
Armando Cervantes, DIrector of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Orange in California, join Chris and John as we discuss the events that led up to the V Encuentro in Dallas, Texas in September, 2018. Armando shares what the Encuentro is and why it is...read more
Hiring ministry leaders is not something we necessarily do too often. When we do have the opportunity to hire another leader in our parish, we should do so with intention and vision. In this episode, Chris walks through the process he uses when he coaches pastor and...read more
In the final episode of our series on Empowering Parental Disciples, Chris and John discuss how we, as ministry leaders, need to connect parents with other parents in our community. Parish leaders can only do so much. Parents need the help, guidance, and community of...read more
In part 3, John and Chris explore ideas to help parents take the faith home to their kids as they continue to answer the question: how should our models of ministry change so that we are working with our parents more effectively?read more
In part 2, we delve more deeply into answering the question: how should our models of ministry change so that we are working with our parents more effectively?
In this episode, John and Chris explore the idea that we should stop blaming parents and start listening to them.read more
Parents matter when it comes to passing on the faith to children and youth. In part 1 of this series, Chris and John share personal stories of being parents as a reminder of what it is like to be a parent in the 21st century when it comes to raising children in the...read more
If we’re really honest with ourselves, we all have blind spots that can negatively effect our ministry? What’s your blind spot?
In this video, I explore one of my blind spots and name some strategies for shedding some light on your blind spot as a ministry leader.read more
What does the beginning of your ministry year look like? Are you frantic and stressed out? Are you calm and well planned out? How you launch into the next season of your ministry in important and has long-term effects on your ministry. In this episode, John and Chris...read more
One of the most important things we do as pastoral ministers is to create a safe and open environment for all parishioners, young and old, as they worship, celebrate, and commune together as a parish community.
In this episode, John and Chris discuss safe environment policies for your parish and Diocese and explore best practices around protecting God’s children.read more