The Church Podcast is for church leaders who are tired of business as usual and are looking for clear and practical strategies to build healthier parishes.
Episode 141: Three Obstacles to Evangelizing Catechesis
In the release of the new Directory for Catechesis, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, suggested that their are 3 obstacles to effective catechesis.
In this episode, Chris and John delve into the 3 obstacles, name the implications for pastoral leaders, and, as a bonus, offer a fourth obstacle that must be overcome if our parishes are to be evangelizing in nature.
This podcast episode refers to numerous references, including:
Don’t ‘blackmail’ kids into coming to church, archbishop says [article]
Will Restored Order Fix the Confirmation Problem? [podcast]
Restored Order from a Theological Perspective [podcast]
Episode 63: Parish Success and What It Looks Like
Success is an elusive word. What does it mean, especially as it relates to parishes and our relationship with God.
In this episode, John and Chris interview Rich Curran, Executive Director of The Parish Success Group, and begin to discuss what a successful and healthy parish looks like in the 21st Century.
To find out more about The Parish Success Group, visit www.parishsuccessgroup.com.
Episode 64: Going, Going, Gone: The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics
In this episode, Chris and John interview Dr. Bob McCarty, project manager for the research “Going, Going, Gone.” Dr. McCarty shares with us the major findings of this study and what we as a parish might do in response to are young people living the Church.
For more details and to purchase “Going, Going, Gone,” visit www.Catholicresearch.smp.org.
Episode 65: Your First Two Years in Ministry
As a new minister in a church, your first two years can be exciting and scary at the same time. In this episode, Chris and John share some ideas about how you launch into your first two years of ministry.
Episode 66: Your First Two Years in Ministry Again
Starting a new ministry job after being in a previous role in the church? Starting over is an awesome experience because of the experience you bring to the table. But, there are still things to consider as you start your first two years in ministry again.
For more on this topic, read this article from Marathon Youth Ministry.
Episode 67: Catechesis is a Means to an End
If catechesis is a means to an end, then what is the purpose of catechesis? In this episode, Chris and John delve into the topic of catechesis and discuss its history, purpose, and what it points too.
Customer ReviewsSee All
This is a fount of wisdom and expertise
I couldn’t possibly say enough about this podcast. I recommend it to everyone in church ministry, whether paid or volunteer because there is so much that applies systemically. These two guys have years of experience and wisdom under their belts, and they want to share it with everyone so that we all can build up theChurch. This is a must listen!
Chris and John are saying what so many of us in ministry think but won’t say (or are afraid to say) out loud. Keep up the good work guys. We NEED to hear this stuff. We all want our churches to succeed and the only way we can do this is by changing things up, following Christ (who said Go how many times in the Bible?) and doing what He wants and not what we want. Tackling the tough issues, in real terms using the latest resources. If we are going to make disciples, we need to move forward, change and grow! This is a valuable resource for all those in ministry! This is my new favorite podcast and I can’t recommend it enough, it deserves more than five stars!
Director of Ministry, ODB Films
These are fantastic guys with great ideas. Faith Formation needs innovation and creativity. I am thankful for this podcast as a resource and a development ground for Church work!