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New Foundation For My Ministry
For the last few months, I have slowly been laying the foundation for a new aspect of my ministry. I am hoping to become far more proactive in my video output, far more than before.
But it is a slow climb. It involves growing in skill-sets that I hadn’t had considered before.... Read More
Pastors: Please Reach the Unchurched this Easter
Every year it’s the same thing.
Every year many churches are filled to the brim only a few times a year. Oftentimes this will be Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday and Christmas Eve. The faithful mass-attendees will be there, of course, alongside many inactive church attendees who trouble themselves that they have to go to mass, at least once a year.
Every year... Read More
The Top 25 Worship Songs with Momentum
Note: If you have access to Spotify, you can listen to the playlist dedicated to the survey results there.
CCLI (Christian Copyright Licensing, Inc.) had updated their Top Worship Song Rankings survey results. This current survey details song usage from between April 1, 2014 to Sept 30, 2014, and it takes them a couple of months to collect the data and crunch the numbers.... Read More
What the Stephen Colbert Interview Illuminates About Worship Music
Did you see this interview? Fr. James Martin, editor of America magazine, takes Stephen Colbert aside and asks him some simple questions about his faith. I am particularly interested in the exchange that begins at 5:11.
Favorite Hymn? Favorite Catholic Hymn?
Uh, um… Here I Am Lord, that’s a pretty good one. Um, I like “Here I Am Lord.”
I like “O... Read More
Bringing Back Fallen-Away Catholics To The Church
It is well known that the church is losing its youth and young adults in massive numbers. Many of these students leave church shortly after they “graduate” CCD (receive the Sacrament of Confirmation), and mistakenly perceive such as a finish line in their journey, and not a starting point.
I think we can get them back. This post details one such strategy.
It Starts Now
But... Read More
“Like” the brand new Nick Alexander Facebook Page
I am extremely late to the festivities… but I have finally crafted a Facebook Fan Page.
This page was created to help be a voice for the book “24 Unique Ways to Upgrade Your Catholic Youth Group.”
I will be posting articles based on this book, as well as other helps for youth ministry.
Please “like” me!
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There’s A Little Black Spot on Your Head Today…
Wednesday starts the beginning of Lent. In honor of Ash Wednesday, I, once again, draw attention to the video and parody of This Time of Forty Days.
Please consider passing this along in your own circles. Thank you!
This Time of Forty Days
Parody of “King of Pain”
Written by Sting
Peformed by The Police
There’s a little black spot on your head today
I guess it must mean... Read More
Matt Maher’s Because He Lives (Amen)
I like Matt Maher. He has written many incredible songs, for the service of trying to stir up today’s youth (and older) to a life of faithful discipleship and radiant joy. I saw him perform last year and he gave a great performance while also being humble about his craft.
And he is a Catholic—a rarity in CCM circles.
I also like Contemporary Praise music. I have followed... Read More
St Patrick’s Daily Hymn
I have been busy as of late. Shortly after I had completed uploading the book, I focused intently on a confirmation retreat I had been invited to keynote. That retreat is over (and seemed to go well, thank you God), and Lent is coming.
I have since been invited to play for a healing mass that takes place on St. Patrick’s Day.
In preparation of choosing songs for the... Read More
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
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