March 12, 2019

The Ministry of Two Chairs and a Listening Heart

A nonprofit in San Francisco has found an interesting facilities model for its efforts to nurture human connection and build community. Two chairs and a city […]
March 5, 2019

Get Out of the Church

Churches, Like Libraries, Need to Take Services to Teens Churches and libraries have a few things in common. Both are traditional institutions serving a local community. […]
February 26, 2019

Teenage Religiousness in Finland Sounds Familiar

“What do we know about teenagers’ religiousness?” That question is explored in a study conducted in Finland and reported in the international journal Education Inquiry (Sept. […]
February 19, 2019

Are Religious ‘Brands’ Tuned In, Credible?

What’s the difference between creating an attractive and engaging religious community and marketing? I am asking myself that as I read The Gen Z Frequency: How […]
February 12, 2019

Millennials Longing for Authenticity, Community, Purpose

“Millennial seeks group, organization, or other friendly gathering of like-hearted people focused on self-betterment, community service, and mutual support. Must be nonjudgmental, supportive, authentic, highly relational, […]
February 5, 2019

4 Millennial Stereotypes We Must Better Understand

By John Poitevent (Used with permission of Parish Catalyst, Jan. 3, 2019) Since our founding, Parish Catalyst has been focused on helping parishes reach emerging generations. […]
January 29, 2019

Ministry in Time of Rediscovery, Redefinition

“Outreach and ministry to the young church is going through a time of rediscovery and redefinition,” says Tammy Becht, director of the Office of Youth and […]
January 22, 2019

Why Stories Matter

For this week’s blog, we post an article and link to a webinar from the Journal of Missional Practice. To access the webinar, simply click on […]
January 15, 2019

We All Need a Good Place to Ask Questions

Often emerging from conversations with those who have chosen to disaffiliate from the Catholic Church is the observation, call it a complaint, from disaffiliates that growing […]
December 18, 2018

How To Be a Spiritual Companion for Young People?

In last week’s blog post, Jonathan Lewis discussed the need for spiritual mentors for young adults in the Catholic Church. That need also was the focus […]
December 13, 2018

Spiritual Mentors Needed, Says Delegate to Synod on Young People

Jonathan Lewis believes young adults are hungry for spiritual mentors. Now the ball is in the church’s court to provide them. Lewis is one of three […]
December 4, 2018

Disruption in an Age of Disaffiliation

By Andrea D. Chavez-Kopp In the world of business and technology, disruption is often celebrated as an unavoidable evolution due to innovation and consumer-focused responsiveness. Companies […]
November 27, 2018

Faith and Fitness Combine at CrossFit

By Andrea D. Chavez-Kopp (Andrea D. Chavez-Kopp serves as the Assistant Director for Educational and Formation Programs for the National Catholic Educational Association. She is also […]
November 19, 2018

Disaffiliation Does Not Equal Indifference: For Many, Belief Still Matters

“Omg. I’m in the market for a Bible. Yes. A Bible. I have not had a Bible in many, many years but I’m trying to get […]
November 13, 2018

Congregations Getting to Know Neighborhoods, Young Adult Neighbors

Congregations participating in the Riverside Innovation Hub (RIH) practice four “artforms” as a means to discerning how they might best “innovate new connections with young adults […]

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