My Health Goals For 2015
I suspect that most youth workers have even crazier schedules than I do. Most have day jobs, late nights, lots of pizza. Add family, and time gets even more scarce. And as you pursue the many urgent tasks before you, oftentimes health gets placed on the backburner.
For me, last year was a very good year in many ways. I wrote a book! I wrote many new songs. I spoke at... Read More
An Update About My Book
It’s been a couple of weeks since I last shared my status for the book 24 Unique Ways to Upgrade Your Catholic Youth Group.
When I had completed my first run of the book, I decided to offer it for free, for a limited time. I had also traveled to NCCYM to share with youth ministers there about the free book.
After all this, I decided to make an audio version of the book.... Read More
Building A Thriving Young Adult Ministry
A few days ago, I encountered a brilliant writeup of a successful Young Adult Group at St. Veronica’s Catholic Church, just outside of Washington D.C. Read about that here.
The Elements of A Successful Apostolate
The article takes the pains to list the four elements as to what makes their outreach so successful. They are:
Consistency: [We have] weekly meetings and social... Read More
How to Guide a Teen Leadership Retreat
This question was asked on Reddit:
We created a TeenCore and want to have a leadership retreat for them to get the ball rolling. I’ve already spent a ridiculous amount of time trolling Google’s results, and going through my personal trove of things, but wanted to ask about leadership and even other not leadership activities, workshops, games, etc. that some of... Read More
The Best (and Worst) Stuff of 2014
In the past, I would craft a best list of my favorite movies of the year. But since my movie-going habits have not kept up to pace with others, I have opted for a different approach this year. Instead of sharing my top 10 movies of the year (of which very few would grace it), I decided to share my favorites in tons of different venues. Enjoy.
BEST MOVIE FOR ADULTS
Grand... Read More
2014 – Year In Review
2014 was a very important year for me, thanks to you. In it I made some very important strides. While there were some personal trade-offs, I can sense that I have laid a foundation from which my ministry can blossom, and many of you would be helped by what I can offer.
Redefinition of Mission
At the end of 2013, I had asked my tribe to fill out a survey as to what their needs... Read More
How Parishes Can Deliver Christmas Bonuses
Christmas is coming!
We all know that on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day there is a huge resurgence of participation amongst Catholics going to mass. Those who do not go to mass over the course of the year always still seem to find time to go to church on one of these two days.
Recently, I had been distracted by an original idea. At root of this idea was the question: Is... Read More
Watching “A Christmas Carol” with Pope Francis
An Annual Tradition
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a perennial tradition in our culture. According to IMDB.com, since the dawn of film, this story has been retold over 100 times, not only in feature films, but teleplays, special sitcom episodes, sketches, and cartoons. Local theatrical productions put on a version of this story on an annual basis.
Furthermore, the... Read More
10 Best Christmas Films on TCM
The Greatness of Classic Movies
There is no question that I am a big fan of classic movies; I even wrote a chapter about such in my book to reaching youth. The thing is, movies are a wonderful vehicle for immersing one into a story that can challenge, enlighten, and bring positive entertainment.
Being the Christmas season, I would think that this represents the very best opportunity... Read More
My Verdict: Judging Is Underrated
It’s amazing to me the unfair flak judging is given.
On the one hand, ever since the unofficial, off-the-cuff comments of Pope Francis had been ripped from their original context and trumpeted over the world as Catholicism’s new mantra, those who wish to see the Catholic Church downplay its moral authority have been working hard to remind us that to point out that... Read More
My Crazy NCCYM Adventure
Going to San Antonio
For seventy-two hours, I had left my family and traveled to San Antonio, TX to participate as an exhibitor for the National Conference for Catholic Youth Ministry (NCCYM). It is a national conference for which youth ministers, parents and parish priests could attend and gain both practical resources and inspiration to be able to be salt and light for... Read More
012: New eBook for Catholic Youth Ministers
Podcast: Play in new window
A new book to help Catholic youth ministers reach the next generation.
Nick Alexander: Author
What a long journey this has been.
Ever since I had made intentions to write a book to be of help to those who work tirelessly in Catholic youth ministry, sometimes lacking support,... Read More
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