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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Episode 20: Buzz Words in Ministry

Episode 20: Buzz Words in Ministry

Every church has their buzz words. But what do they mean? And more importantly, do the people you are communicating with understand what they mean? In this episode, Chris and John explore and define some big buzz words that are used often in the Church, including...

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Why Do We Teach Confirmation?

Why Do We Teach Confirmation?

Just recently, my Master of Divinity students and I were discussing the topic of teaching Confirmation in a parish. Many of them expressed frustration at their experience, saying things like: “They are not interested at all.” “I just can’t seem to engage them.” “Why...

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Episode 18: Judgment, Social Media, and Christ

Episode 18: Judgment, Social Media, and Christ

As ministry leaders, how do we show the face of Christ to others? And, how do we turn people away from Christ? If we’re honest with ourselves, we have done both. We are called to build welcoming and inclusive communities, yet sometimes our actions suggest that our...

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