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Know Your Role

Family portrait taking on our Alaskan cruise.
Family portrait taking on our Alaskan cruise.

On our Alaskan cruise last month, we went to get family portraits done in the ship’s photography studio.  The 30-minute shoot went very quickly, and at its conclusion we booked an appointment to go back later in the week to look at the pictures (and perhaps buy some).

We decided that 4 of us would go:  Gail, my brother Jason, my mom Joyce, and me.  We felt that this particular combination of people would give us the best chance of making a good decision without paying too much.

We all had our particular roles too.

I was the “Schmoozer” (surprise surprise) and my job was to break the ice and create a comfortable atmosphere before we talked big bucks.

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Cheerleaders, Shepherds and Cowboys

With Bishop Mark Hagemoen
With Bishop Mark Hagemoen

This post also appears on Canadian Youth Worker.

This past Sunday, I was blessed to travel to Yellowknife for the episcopal ordination of my friend and mentor Mark Hagemoen as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Mackenzie – Fort Smith in the Northwest Territories.  It was a whirlwind of a day as we flew out on a chartered plane from Vancouver at 7am and arrived back by 9:30pm Sunday evening.

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The Leadership Exercised by a Disciple


This post originally appears on the Canadian Catholic website.

Sidney Crosby. Kobe Bryant. Tom Brady. Derek Jeter.

These four athletes are among the greatest leaders in sports today. They are the undisputed leaders on their respective teams, and they are held in the utmost regard in their home cities. Their teammates would do just about anything for them while their opponents often want nothing to do with them.

I am a very passionate sports fan. Along with my faith, my family, my friends, and my job, the Vancouver Canucks make my “Things I Am Most Passionate About” list. In fact, one of the first things I did upon entering St. Peter’s Square in Rome for the first time (this past March) was film a hockey blog with the Basilica in the background.

I often think about the connection between sports and religion. I’m interested when athletes cross themselves. I like seeing CFL teams gather at midfield to pray after a hard-fought contest. And I find it fascinating that some people can get so zealous – screaming and chanting for 3 hours at an arena or stadium – for their favourite team but show barely a modicum of emotion when it comes to their faith. Continue reading The Leadership Exercised by a Disciple

Why We Do What We Do

I received a CD in the mail this week – the first release from a very talented young lady named Renee Geronimo.  I have known Renee for over 10 years now through youth ministry and while we never super-close friends, I have followed her (in a non-stalkerish way) over the past few years on Facebook as she furthered her music career.  Thus, I was absolutely thrilled when she messaged me in mid-April offering to send me a copy of her new CD called “lilies and sparrows”.

Upon receiving the CD, I immediately popped it into my computer and listened to it on repeat throughout my work day. It is a wonderful collection of songs, each one with its own unique style and feel.  There’s a bit for everyone: some pop, some folk, some soul and some worship.  And over-arching the entire CD is the theme of God’s love and power – you can really sense Renee’s love for God and devotion to her faith.  Have a listen to the entire CD here.

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Relational Ministry 101

Here are a few important things to remember when it comes to doing good relational ministry with young people:

  • Youth cannot be evangelized without a relationship
  • Focus on people, not programs
  • Be interested in souls, not attendance
  • There isn’t one correct relational style: God wants you to use the personality that he has given you to reach out to young people
  • The heart of relational ministry doesn’t change, but opportunity and location do

And most importantly: young people won’t care how much we know until they know how much we care.