These books aren't the usual required reading recommended to aspiring Catholic youth ministers. That's for another article. But looking back on the last seven years, these are books I wish I read my first year on the job as a Catholic youth minister. There are plenty of well-known books about youth ministry, and plenty of Catholic books youth ministers should read. But if you are interested in venturing off that well-worn path there are several books that helped me immensely.Read More
I launched another thing. This thing is an audio experiment where I'll have conversations with people I find interesting, or make weird little audio projects like 003: 🎉 New Years, Limit, and Its Overcoming 🎉, or answer voicemails you can call in and leave me (just call 817-527-1423)
Here's a few of the episodes we've released so far, with new episodes coming out once a week. (Right now you can listen in iTunes or Overcast, and probably a few other podcast players.)Read More
We've set out at our parish to communicate and implement a parish vision and strategy from womb to tomb. Our mission: To build a Church of missionary disciples in Grapevine, Texas. Our strategy: to use a clear path of discipleship to walk people through the stages of Encounter, Grow, and Serve. (This is a simple articulation of the catechumenal model, or the evangelization process).
I created a worksheet to help our ministry leaders plan and evaluate around a clear path of discipleship.Read More
The dream of every artist is to accomplish both truth and bacon. But what happens when truth doesn't bring home bacon?
David Ramirez's new album Fables starts off like an extension on his hit sob "Stick around," and that's just fine by me. The song on this album that sticks out most is New Way of Living, in which David laments briefly about the old artist's dilemma: Why make art?Read More