I have been the Director of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Baker, OR, for just over 18 months. We’ve taken great strides in fulfilling our Office’s mission to: Equip, train, and provide resources to parishes, schools, and missions throughout the Diocese of Baker so that we all may fulfill the Great Commission transmitting the […]
Overview and Why I Think This Book Is Important: In her book Woo, Morgan Schmidt has named something that will resonate with youth workers across the globe. She tells us that in the hearts of our youth have these deep, huge, and overwhelming desires, and that those desires might just be the best way to […]
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 […]
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