Scripture-Based Leadership, Part 4: Acknowledging God's Gifts

Posted by Colin May on Sep 17, 2020 7:12:00 AM

“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and power are his.
He causes the changes of the times and seasons, establishes kings and deposes them.
He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who understand.”
(Daniel 2:20–21)

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Topics: leadership, Scripture, ministry resources

Zooming Out: Adapting Parish Programs to New Formats

Posted by Katie Diltz on Sep 16, 2020 7:35:00 AM

Ministry leaders are working hard this year to adapt programs to new formats, including online and hybrid models. It can be tempting to “copy and paste” old programs into new formats, to put old wine into new wineskins (see Matthew 9:17, Mark 2:22, and Luke 5:37–38). For example, we can email parents a lesson plan and tell them which pages to cover in the religious ed textbook, or we can gather the teens on Zoom to watch the youth minister give a talk and send them into breakout rooms for small group time. These solutions are fine, but they fail to respond creatively and take into account the reality we are all experiencing.

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Topics: youth ministry, parish life, ministry, coronavirus, COVID-19 Resources, ministry resources

Saying Yes with Our Lady of Sorrows

Posted by John Cavadini on Sep 15, 2020 10:39:00 AM

The memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows directs our attention to sorrows of Mary. Traditional devotion has identified seven moments of sorrow, seven sorrows or “dolors,” chosen to concentrate our attention on the suffering of Mary. Contemplating these sorrows exposes our hearts to the wellspring of continuous interior conversion, namely, the Passion of the Lord. For, in contemplating the sorrows of Mary, all of which arise from that same wellspring of conversion, we see the Passion as it came to dwell in a mother’s heart.

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Topics: Mary, Marian devotion, Our Lady of Sorrows

Monday Motivation: Weekly Resources

Posted by The Editors on Sep 14, 2020 11:58:48 AM

Looking for new ideas or resources to engage your faith or your ministry? Here are our weekly curated links, including offerings in each of the following categories: Prayer for the Home, Educational Opportunities, Resources (for ministers, educators, parents, etc.), and Flourishing and Fun. 

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Topics: catechesis, COVID-19 Resources, Monday Motivation Weekly Resources, Marian devotion

Scripture-Based Leadership, Part 3: Building a Framework

Posted by Colin May on Sep 10, 2020 7:03:00 AM

Having a “mental model” or common framework is helpful in establishing expectations, skills, and competencies around leadership. Scripture brings the lessons of leadership to life through the image of the cedar tree. The cedar of Lebanon is an effective way to contemplate the vocation, mission, and development of leaders in the Catholic Church.

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Topics: leadership, Scripture, ministry resources

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