What Do You Do If Your Child Stops Going to Church

Welcome back to Beyond the Pew. Today I’m going to talk about what do we do as parents when our kids have lost interest in the faith. And one of the things that is the most powerful in my life has been something that I kind of actually started in response to this for families […]

Keeping Your Kids Interested in Church

Hello and welcome to Beyond the Pew. Today’s episode tackles that age-old question of how do I get my kids interested in church, not just Mass but youth group, but daily prayer, being involved in a community. Well I wish I could tell you that there is a quick and easy fix that there is […]

How to Succeed in a Youth Ministry Interview

Summer is almost over. For the field of youth ministry, summer is a hiring season. I know of a number of parishes that are hiring here in my diocese. This process can seem difficult and intimidating. Submitting a resume and preparing for an interview can give you butterflies that remind you of asking someone on […]

Small Things with Great Love

My primary goal is to lead others closer to Christ through building Christocentric relationships and loving them as Christ loved us.  I strive to do this with my family, friends, coworkers, and in my ministry.  I’d love to say that this can be seen in the big and small ways of each of my interactions […]

Promises You Made

Howdy and welcome back to Beyond the Pew. We’re in the midst of this series on how to get your kids excited about the faith. The first thing that we need to realize is your kids aren’t going to be excited about the faith for a grand majority of their childhood.

Don’t Clear the Backlog Just Yet

Coming Up For Air I sat down with a friend the other day. And, as we indulged in a hipster lunch in some gourmet coffee shop, he shared his plans to take a month off this summer. He is an excellent youth minister who has not come up for air in years. I was fascinated […]

Refilling Your Cup in Busy Times

Busy Summer can be (and most of the time, is) a busy time for youth ministers. Between camps, mission trips and conferences, it’s easy to finish the summer more exhausted than you began.  It is vital to take care of yourself, allow the Lord pour into you, and take some time to rejuvenate. Whether you only have a […]

Summer Free Time

Welcome back to Beyond the Pew. Today I’m going to talk to you guys about what to do with all the free time that our kids have over the summer. So we’re coming into summer time and your kids are about to have an extra eight hours a day to do something. And if your […]

13 Reasons Why: A Youth Ministry Perspective

  13 Reasons Why…or Why Not? You’ve seen the various posts on social media. Netflix made a show and teens are watching it. What to Know It’s not a show about suicide, it’s a show about manipulating people through suicide. It’s not a show for teenagers, its rated MA for Mature Adults, I’ve never met […]

After the Youth Conference

Howdy and welcome back to Beyond the Pew! Today I’m going to talk to you about one of my favorite topics: conferences! I love conferences, I’m a conference junkie, I’ve attended dozens as a teen, I love taking kids to conferences, and I direct conferences for Ablaze.  Today’s Beyond the Pew is about how you […]