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58 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Episode 61: Walking with the Youth
The rate of culture change in the last 20 years has been swift. This has created a gap in how well adults are able to relate to the youngest in our communities. And unfortunately, this inability to understand and walk with the youth has also led to many leaving the Church. In fact, the median age that a youth lives the faith is...13. So how do we accompany Gen Z? Today, my guest, Jodi Phillips, offers a model for youth ministry that advocates discipleship. A Production of the Archdiocese of Omaha Editor: Taylor Schroll (ForteCatholic.com)
41 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Episode 60: The Real Vocations Crisis
This is the first time in a many years that no priests were ordained in our diocese, and it's during times like these that people throw around the phrase "vocations crisis". I'm sure the idea that there is a vocations crisis will come as no surprise to you, but I think the solutions that we propose in this episode will. Today, I talk to Fr. Roza, our Vocations Director, and he suggests that the ultimate solution lies in reviving the faith of the laity. A Production of the Archdiocese of Omaha Editor: Taylor Schroll (ForteCatholic.com)
7 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Skill Demo 4: How to Lead a Discernment Rosary
Growing as a missional community often means taking steps into the unknown. It means opening ourselves to the newness that God desires for us, and this often includes changing our habits, our processes, or even our expectations of what's possible. But sometimes, in our planning efforts, we don't actually make space for the only one who really knows what's going on and what needs to be done in our parishes. This week, Andy Dejka leads us through one of my favorite tools for discernment, the Discernment Rosary. A Production of the Archdiocese of Omaha
59 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Freedom for Captives
Imagine if you were defined by the worst thing you ever did, the worst moment of your life. Jesus came to preach freedom to captives. He offers mercy, healing, and miracles to those who just reach out in faith. For most of us, this means freedom from sin. But my guest on the EquipCast today preaches freedom to literal prisons. Through Alpha, men in our local prison who have never experienced love in their life, are for the first time receiving love with no strings attached. A Production of the Archdiocese of Omaha Editor: Taylor Schroll (ForteCatholic.com)Special Guest: Jodi Meyer.
55 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Episode 58: Man on Mission
We talk a lot on this podcast about evangelization and mission. I can cast vision all day long, but the reality is…actually going on mission is scary. How do I recognize the people in my life that are ready to hear the Good News of Jesus? How do I get over the fear of stepping outside of my comfort zone to share my faith? There’s no one answer that will work for every person. But today, I want to hold up for you the story a parishioner in this Archdiocese. Michael Doerneman is unassuming, and so is his story. But I think there are powerful lessons to be learned. Tune in to hear the simple story of a man on mission. A Production of the Archdiocese of Omaha Editor: Taylor Schroll (ForteCatholic.com)
53 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Living Ordinary Mercy
When you imagine yourself Living Mercy, what comes to mind first? Do you think of the saints who gave up everything for a life of poverty or service to the sick? Does that seem impossible or very far from reach? Today, I talk to Dcn. Omar Gutierrez about Catholic Social Teaching and the lay person’s role to live ordinary mercy. He tells us, “All teachings of the Church [on this subject] start and end in the same spot: Jesus. Know him so that you can love him and so that you can be with him now and forever.” The daily care for those in need starts with caring for those whom the Lord puts in our pathway. But what does this look like practically, and how do we get started? A Production of the Archdiocese of Omaha Editor: Taylor Schroll (ForteCatholic.com)
60 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
The 4 Types of Parishes
On a scale of 1-10, how missional would you say your parish is? In October 2020, the Archbishop launched the Big Goal that “Each parish in the Archdiocese of Omaha would become missional by the end of 6 years”. Implicit in that goal is the recognition that none of us are there yet. So, I invite each of you to ask, “Is my community dying, declining, swelling, or growing?” While these categories sound depressing, an honest conversation about where we are at is designed to help us receive the grace of pastoral conversion and to be invited deeper into the mission of the Church. A Production of the Archdiocese of Omaha Editor: Taylor Schroll (ForteCatholic.com)Special Guest: Calvin Mueller.
18 minutes | May 25, 2021
How to Address Performance Issues
We are back with our monthly Skill Demo! This time, Chris Sommers, Director of Human Resources, gives us practical advice on how to handle performance issues. I know many of you are not managers, but much of her advice is still applicable to those situations where we have to give feedback to a volunteer, friend, or family member. A Production of the Archdiocese of Omaha
64 minutes | May 18, 2021
Episode 55: Dads Who Evangelize
Have you ever struggled to pass on your faith to your children? I know I'm not alone when I say that talking about the faith in an age appropriate way to my children is hard. When they are young, just getting the threenages to sit still at mass is difficult. And when they are older...well...nothing I do impresses the teenagers. While I'm not an expert in religious education, I am a father. So I invited other passionate fathers to join me in a conversation about evangelizing our own children. Here's some of what we discussed: How to create the space for children to express their feelings, thoughts, and doubts surrounding the faith Specific examples of how we live the Church's call to evangelize our children How to help our children participate as we witness to/evangelize those outside of our immediate family Tips for doing these things in your life A Production of the Archdiocese of Omaha Editor: Taylor Schroll (ForteCatholic.com)Special Guests: Andy Dejka and Calvin Mueller.
64 minutes | May 11, 2021
Episode 54: How do you discern God's will as a group?
Sometimes the idea of discerning God’s will can daunting. Sifting through the emotions, desires, and the high and low points of each day, and then listening for God’s voice in the midst of it all, can at times be an intimidating task. Now add to this task of discernment, the dynamics of a team. When you have multiple people who bring their thoughts and feelings to the table, discernment can get messy. Today, Fr. Paul Hoesing gives some tips and tricks on how to discern as a team. A Production of the Archdiocese of Omaha Editor: Taylor Schroll (ForteCatholic.com)
68 minutes | May 4, 2021
Episode 53: How to Bring New Couples to Your Parish
Preparation for the sacrament of marriage used to happen at the dinner table. The best preparation came from the family that you grew up in. Unfortunately, with the changes in our culture, including the very high divorce rate, couples often receive this sacrament without ever seeing a healthy marriage relationship. Today's marriage prep process, while trying to provide what couples are lacking, has regrettably become a check-list, hoops to jump through in order to get to the altar. Rachael Tvrdy walks us through the gaps and offers a vision for marriage prep that drops the divorce rate of couples who go through it to 5% and increases the parish's rate of retaining their couples after marriage to 70-90%. A Production of the Archdiocese of Omaha Editor: Taylor Schroll (ForteCatholic.com)
13 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Skill Demo 2 - How to Do a Weekly Review
A very real obstacle to changing culture and building a missional church is my own ability to stay organized. I can set all of the lofty goals that I want, but if I never revisit them, I am very likely to never achieve them. In this month's Skill Demo, I outline my favorite method of staying organized, the Weekly Review. It's a time where you can gather all of your thoughts and processes, review the past week, and get ready for the next one. A Production of the Archdiocese of Omaha
75 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Episode 52: Embrace Your Age
Have you noticed? Talking to your neighbor about faith has gotten harder over the past few decades. For our grandparents, it was enough that they taught daily devotions to their children by example. And our experience of education, the law, government, and art supported our beliefs. Now, the culture is in direct opposition to our faith. We find ourselves, to quote Pope Francis, in a "change of age". So how do we "mind the gap". How do we transition well into this new age? A Production of the Archdiocese of Omaha Editor: Taylor Schroll (ForteCatholic.com)
70 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Episode 51: Equip the Saints for Ministry
“And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Eph 4:11-12) Today, I invited an old friend and biblical scholar to unpack the meaning or this verse. Here are just a few of his gems of wisdom: Our leaders, the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers should not be doing all of the church ministries. These are gifts are for leaders of the Church to equip and call out all of the other gifts. Every believer has a Christ given charism, a ministry gift – something that Christ gives us and enables us to offer to His body, the Church, in order to make it fuller of Him and so more effective at filling the universe with His glorious presence. If the Church isn’t all that it should be…perhaps my ministry is what’s missing. A Production of the Archdiocese of Omaha Editor: Taylor Schroll (ForteCatholic.com)
61 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Episode 50: Happy Easter!
Happy Easter! I pray that you receive all the graces God has on offer during this season. As St. Paul says, "if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain". And so, I want Easter to have lasting meaning to each of our lives. Thus today, I give you a moment to pause and reflect. For this EquipCast, we invited Fr. Taylor Leffler to reflect on the resurrection, the road to Emmaus, and what all this means for our life. May it be as fruitful for you as it was a joy for me to record. A Production of the Archdiocese of Omaha Editor: Taylor Schroll (ForteCatholic.com)
8 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Skill Demo 1 - How to lead group lectio.
This episode is a Skill Demo, videoed and produced for our Equip website. We've cut and posted it here on our podcast, but if you'd like to see the presenter’s delightful face or access the resources, head over to Equip.Archomaha.org. Beth Carlson takes us through a practical demonstration of how to lead group lectio using ARRR.
48 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Episode 49: Creating a Culture of Generosity
When I hear the word stewardship, I think of money...and I bet most of you do as well. But stewardship is more than fundraising and fundraisers. A good steward connections people with the mission and ministries of the Church. Today, I talk with our Stewardship and Development Office, and they challenge us to stop selling magazines and start selling the mission. Fundraisers are transactional, but when a parish raises money, it should be transformational because good stewardship can lead to deeper conversion.Special Guest: Shannan Brommer.
57 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
Episode 48: Who is my neighbor?
How well do you know your neighbors? Do you want them to know Jesus and be his disciples? The Thresholds of Evangelization give us a mental framework to approach our neighbors and to engage them in conversations about faith, but at the level they are comfortable with. Today, I want to share with you a conversation that I had with some old friends. Aaron and Brooke Keller have committed themselves to not only making friends with their neighbors but to bringing Jesus into the lives of their neighbors. And, I promise, they aren’t weird!
46 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Episode 47: The Hidden Jesus
Have you ever been on a mission trip? Chances are, if you have, that you went to a different state or even a different country. On today’s EquipCast, I talk with Hope of the Poor. While they do have a ministry to the poor in Mexico, their mission is first to evangelize. Yes, they bring Jesus to the poor that they serve, but more than that, they also help the Americans that they bring to Mexico to see Jesus in the distressing disguise of the poor. The goal is then to help these same Americans find a mission field in their own backyard. Producer/Editor: Taylor Schroll (ForteCatholic.com)
56 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
46: Principles of Team Prayer
I've been on many teams throughout my career with FOCUS and at the Archdiocese. One thing I've learned is that for a team to be truly collaborative, it must have prayer as a foundation. This foundation of prayer not only leads to greater trust among team members, it also keeps our team goals focused on God's mission for us. Effective team prayer offers the opportunity for teams to grow and discern together. Today's podcast offers 5 principles for effective team prayer.Special Guest: Andy Dejka.
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