Category Archives: Faith

Trust

Trust.

It’s usually earned and it’s rarely given freely.

I’ve been blessed to speak to 4 different audiences in the past week: an elementary school leadership day, a Confirmation retreat, a grade 11 retreat, and a Reverence 4 Life mini-conference. While it has made for a couple of late nights (both in preparation and catching up on work), it has certainly been worth it. Continue reading Trust

Making the Most out of Lent

“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” (Hebrews 13:16)

Ask someone what he might be doing for Lent, and you’ll likely get responses along the lines of:  “I’m giving up Facebook” or “I’m giving up eating chocolate.”

Granted, these may be noble notions on their own, but people – young and old – often get too caught up in what they might be “giving up” for Lent instead of why they are doing it.

Continue reading Making the Most out of Lent

24-7 Rise Up CCO (Parody of Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic)

“I’m a youth minister, got no money in my pocket!”
 
Here’s the opening to my talk at CCO’s Rise Up Conference last December: it’s a parody of Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic”.
 
Thanks to Sheena June, Rebecca Bilodeau, Joseph San Jose, Matt Vetter, Jason McBurney, and Andrew Maledy for helping me out with this – some of their facial expressions are hilarious…especially Joe’s.
 
Audio and clean video footage courtesy of Catholic Christian Outreach from the December 2016 Rise Up Conference.  Faraway footage courtesy of my lovely wife haha.

U Evangelize: Living Authentically Online and Off

Back in June 2016, I hosted my good friend Josh Canning for an episode of Clay’s Corner.  Now it’s time for Josh to interview me, this time for U Evangelize.

In this six-minute excerpt (from our full 26-minute interview on U Evangelize, we talk about how to live authentically both online and offline. In particular, I talk about how I leverage my Canucks platform to witness to Christ.

Youth Ministry is so Advent

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 to arrive so we can start our youth gatherings.  We wait for their parents to come pick them up at the end of our events.

We anticipate the arrival of youth at our gatherings with our eyes fixated on the door.  We anticipate their confusion or their silence when we are preparing small group discussions.  We anticipate their excitement when we announce the dates of retreats and rallies.

We expect the youth to behave when they are at Church.  We expect that more youth will come out to social events than teaching nights.  We expect that Father will ask us “So how many people came to youth ministry last night?”

We prepare prayer services, social justice excursions, and skits.  We prepare snacks to serve the youth either before, during, or after the gathering.  We prepare them to be able to share their testimonies with a world that so desperately needs to hear them.

We hope that we are making a difference in the youths’ lives.  We hope that they make good decisions especially in the face of temptation.  We hope that their homes are stable and that their friends are good.

Most of all, we love them where they are at and we lead them to an encounter with Jesus Christ.

Just as Christ entered the world to love and encounter us.