The Secret To Growing Your Numbers

It was a difficult time. A year had gone by and the same 6 teens from the student band were the only ones coming every week to our student program. I felt like a failure. I remember sitting down with my pastor, waiting for him to say, “You’re done.” Instead he told me the biggest secret to growing a ministry:

Where You Should Set Your Expectations

A part of youth ministry is disappointment. Volunteers will quit when you are already short staffed. Teenager who are growing in faith will hit stumbling blocks. You’ll have parents no show after you’ve spent hours putting together a workshop for their benefit.


While you are allowed to be disappointed and angry, you also need realistic expectations.  The goal in youth ministry is to CHALLENGE  and ENCOURAGE.  The problem is when we set people up to fail and discourage them instead.

To communicate and set realistic expectations you need to:

5 Steps To Producing Disciples

It breaks my heart when I learn about a former student that has walked away from the church. Questions of, “How did this happen?” and “What could I have done better?” race through my mind. It’s a fear many churches and youth ministers face.  No one wants to see teens Graduate Their Faith when they Graduate High School.

While there is no magic bullet you can fight the trend by creating a system that grows disciples. That system begins with:

Don’t Miss Out On Matter Conference 14

The Matter Conference at Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland is November 6th and 7th.  It’s one of the highlights of our years because it’s a chance for our staff to come alongside other church workers. It’s something you don’t want to miss out on.

Matter 14

It’s so easy to miss out on experiences like Matter because of:

  • Budgets
  • Travel
  • Busyness

To go to a conference is a sacrifice, but Matter is worth it.  It’s a church conference designed for people who are in the trenches of church ministry.  It’s a chance for you to grow in your profession and in your faith.  At Matter Conference 14 you’ll:

Professional Development Webinar Series

Best Practices In Youth Ministry

Presented by Ave Maria Press

There are a number of opportunities and challenges facing youth ministers in the Church today. One of the best ways to improve the way we reach out to and build relationships with Catholic teenagers is to share ideas with others in the field.

Ave Maria Press has invited me and a few of my friends in the trenches of youth ministry to share and discuss some of our best practices, success stories and growth moments.  This event is September 30th, 2014 from 3pm – 4pm EST.  To register click here.  

Some of the topics for discussion will include:

  • Defining your youth ministry mission, vision, and goals
  • Getting teens to come to events
  • How to use technology to communicate with teens today
  • Building relationships with parents
  • Recruiting volunteers
  • Effective time management

Joining me on this incredible panel are: 

Alison Griswold
St. John the Evangelist
Panama City, FL  

Katie Prejean
Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church
Lake Charles, LA  

Tony Vasinda
Holy Rosary
Edmonds, WA    

The Ave Maria Press Professional Webinar Series is presented in partnership with the National Association for Lay Ministry, the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership, and the National Federation of Priests’ Councils.  

Date: September 30, 2014
Time: 03:00-04:00 p.m.
Event: Best Practices In Youth Ministry
Topic: Catholic Youth Ministry
Sponsor: Ave Maria Press
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.