In today’s world, surrounded by social media and technology, parents have never been so connected, yet so alone at the same time.
Parents have less people in their community that can support them on their journey of parenthood. Churches often do not support parents well.
For many ministry leaders, our focus is often on children and youth. Most churches have some sort of children’s ministry. Many churches have a ministry to middle school and high school youth. Very few churches seem to have a ministry to young adults. Less have a ministry directly to parents.
Having a ministry to parents does not need to be complicated.read more
The baptism of a child is an opportunity to engage an entire family in the life of the parish. Having a baby is a major milestone and tremendous life-changing experience in which the Church can be intentional about partnering with parents in raising up their child in the life of faith.
But are we blowing the opportunity?read more
Until very recently, I used to say that parents did not have the skills needed to pass on faith to their children. I would then go on to proclaim that it is the churches responsibility to help parents pass on that faith by giving parents the skills they need.
However, one of my mentors challenged me on this. He suggested that we need to change our language. Parents do have the skills to pass on a legacy of faith. The church merely needs to help unleash the power that is already within our parents.read more
Sherry Weddell, in her great book Forming Intentional Disciples, suggests that we have raised Catholics who are “sacramentalized, but not evangelized.” Wow! Powerful statement!read more
I know that’s not a life changing or ministry changing epiphany, but maybe it should be.
The NSYR data said (summed up in my words), that it doesn’t matter how great of a ministry program you have at your church, the biggest determinant of whether a child or youth will be practicing their faith as adults and have a relationship with Jesus Christ and God is the modeling by their parents.
What do I mean by this?read more
To stay balanced and effective as a minister, vacation is an important tool for each of us to embrace. Yet, too many of us don’t take vacation. Ministry takes energy and work. As ministers, we should be intentional about how we relax and rejuvenate so that we come back to our ministry more energized and focused.read more
One of the wonderful things about ministry is that you get to work with people that are passionate about the church and their ministry. Most volunteers and staff do what they do because they love it, it brings them great joy, and they care about the people they are...read more
The transition of a pastor can be a nerve-racking time for the parish community. Change is coming. It’s the unknown of what the future brings that causes the most anxiety. In this episode, Chris and John explore the realities of pastor transitions and what you and I can do to ease the transition for ourselves, the pastor, and the parish.read more
Have you articulated your goals for your ministry? The good news is that we don’t have to create them from scratch. The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops gave us a blue print that might just work for your ministry.read more
Scouting is a staple in many church communities and can be a valuable aspect of ministry at your parish. In this episode, John and Chris share the value of scouting to your parish and steps to embrace and support scouting as ministry.
Plus, we talk girl scout cookies! What’s your favorite girl scout cookie?read more