I am not a blogger. I don’t even really want to be a blogger. Maybe this is how bloggers start. I really want people to know some things. My name is Scott Dougherty. I have been involved in some form of professional ministry for over 15 years. I have a young family and am struggling […]
Parish youth ministers average less than 2 years before they leave. Why?
When Paul VI had to sign 1000s of letters authorizing priests to leave active ministry, he responded, “They don’t pray.” Fulton J. Sheen said he could identify the priests who would leave because they’d be excited about many other things but not when he spoke of Jesus.
Have you ever considered that this may also cause similar problems with youth ministers?
A.M.D.G. Confession: I forgot the words to O Come, O Come, Emmanuel recently. It was awkward. That Awkward Moment We try to make a habit in Advent of a more expanded evening prayer time at home with reading scripture and singing a hymn. Last week we were trying to rock out to the timeless and […]
Here we are again…December! Our Turkey leftovers have finally disappeared and we are busy preparing for Christmas. Children are sitting on Santa’s knee and making lists, parents are busy making decisions on which toys their children really do ‘need’ this year, and among the busy malls, Christmas Card writing, and baking, we all seem to […]
Advent is about waiting. Anticipating. Expecting. Preparing. Hoping. This sounds a lot like youth ministry to me. We wait for youth to commit their lives to Jesus. We wait for them so we can start our youth gatherings. We wait for their parents to come pick them up at the end of our events. We […]
Baby snap of Liam My son, Liam, is 3 years old and started pre-school this year. They had a homework assignment (yes, a 3 year old in pre-school gets homework!) where they had to decorate a poster which described things about themselves. He answered questions like “What’s your favorite food, your favorite sport, who’s in […]
We all know we should be up to date on what the Pope is saying to us in particular. I know we don’t always manage to do it. Just over a week ago, Pope Francis published Envagelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). I just finished reading it. Francis dedicates paragraph 105 to youth […]
A.M.D.G. This Advent, let’s not be afraid to fail at telling the Christmas story. Let’s be afraid not to live it. First things first… I may say something that offends your understanding and traditions of Advent. I would like to not apologize for that. Actually, my goal is to upset our thinking. The point of […]
I’m a bit of a nerd. I was not on the school’s basketball team but the debate team and in the computer programming club. When I entered the seminary, I figured there was a good chance I’d end as a professor since I seemed to blow away every test and always had the toughest questions for the teachers.