Episode 26: The Joys of Budgeting

Episode 26: The Joys of Budgeting

No matter what role you have in your Church, budgeting is an important skill to develop. We must engage the budgeting process and learn how it can benefit your ministry. John and Chris share some best practices about creating your ministry budget for the year and...

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Episode 25: We Are All Storytellers

Episode 25: We Are All Storytellers

Do you know your faith story? Why is faith so important to you? In this episode, we explore why storytelling is such an important aspect of our faith and how stories are much more transformative than facts about the faith. Know your story. Encourage other adults to...

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The Multi-Cultural Divide

The Multi-Cultural Divide

I’m teaching a graduate level course right now titled, “Faith, Youth, and Culture.” The focus of the course is to explore the cross section of catechesis and evangelization in the 21st century Church, exploring themes relevant to today’s culture of faith, with an...

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Episode 24: Celebrating the Sacraments

Episode 24: Celebrating the Sacraments

Springtime brings flowers, sunshine, and Sacraments! During this season, we celebrate the Sacraments with Masses for First Communion and Confirmation. This is an important time in the life of the Church, so let’s not put these Masses on auto-pilot. In this episode,...

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Harnessing the Power of Results in Your Ministry

Harnessing the Power of Results in Your Ministry

I recently wrote an article about Positional Leadership and how it can only take you so far. This is the lowest and least effective level of leadership. People simply follow because they have to. In that same article, I argue that you and I must work to minimally get...

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Episode 22: The Mystery that is Holy Week

Episode 22: The Mystery that is Holy Week

There is no liturgical season more amazing, mysterious, and beautiful than that of the Triduum. In this episode, Chris and John explore practical ideas and best practices to encourage participation of parishioners in the Holy Week experience, while enhancing the...

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Positional Leadership: It Only Takes You So Far

Positional Leadership: It Only Takes You So Far

Titles are important. People work hard to earn their titles. Priests go through many years of education and formation to earn the title of Father. Same is true for someone who earned their doctorate or is a Deacon. In other cases, titles are bestowed on us by our...

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Episode 21: The Realities of Rural Ministry

Episode 21: The Realities of Rural Ministry

Ministry in a rural setting is just different than ministering in a suburban or urban setting. In this episode, special guest Doug Tooke walks us through best practices on how to conduct ministry in small rural parishes and how they may differ than other settings. As...

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3 Things Your Pastor Won’t Tell You

3 Things Your Pastor Won’t Tell You

I once had a supervisor who rarely met with me in person. He was busy leading his own ministry and had a lot of things on his plate. Still, I longed to have some conversation with him. I wanted his feedback and his thoughts. Mostly, I wanted to keep the doors of...

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