Ascension Roundtable (Your Catholic Ministry Podcast)

Catholic ministry professionals share stories and brainstorm solutions to common ministry challenges.

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Catholic ministry professionals share stories and brainstorm solutions to common ministry challenges.

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  • "Little by Little" Ministry

    December 7th, 2022  |  45 mins 25 secs
    cfr, ministry, music ministry, poco a poco

    Today we are joined by Brother Isaiah, a Franciscan friar who lives in the Bronx. He shares how little by little, he came to love God, discover his calling towards religious life, and use his musical gifts to serve the Lord. He also shares three pieces of wisdom that will deepen your prayer life and elevate your ministry.

  • Ministry Minutes: Embarrassment is Healthy - Yours Anyways

    October 3rd, 2018  |  4 mins 28 secs
    allen, audition, awkward moments, embrace your humanity, flaws, human beings, humanity, ministry, public speaking

    Allen has suffered through a lot of embarrassment in his life. So he stopped trying to avoid it, and started trying to embrace it.

  • Ministry Minutes: When You’re Planning are You Praying Too?

    September 26th, 2018  |  1 min 56 secs
    busy schedule, charles de foucauld, ministry

    Let go of your to-do list for at least thirty minutes a day and make prayer your top priority.

  • Episode 81: Ministry Minutes: What Kind of Leader Are You?

    September 19th, 2018  |  1 min 10 secs
    allen, change, kind of leader, leadership

    When Kanye West was interviewed in 2013 by the New York Times, he told the reporter, “I am so credible and so influential and so relevant that I will change things.” Allen says this is the worst mantra for anybody working in the Church.

  • Ministry Minutes: Community

    September 7th, 2018  |  1 min 56 secs
    catholic, community

    In an age of social media, is real community still important?

  • Ministry Minutes: Staff Changes

    August 29th, 2018  |  3 mins 26 secs
    ministry, parish, staff changes

    If you work in ministry, you are familiar with staff changes. From parishioners to volunteers to coworkers and the clergy, people often come and go in the parish. How should we react to these staff changes?

  • Ministry Minutes: A Witness to Beauty

    August 22nd, 2018  |  4 mins 5 secs
    baptism, beauty, story

    Allen shares the story of one woman’s immense desire for her child to be Baptized, and how her faith was a powerful witness to beauty. What can we personally offer as a witness to beauty?

  • Ministry Minutes: Burnout

    August 15th, 2018  |  2 mins 55 secs
    daily grind, stress, tired

    Are you tired of being tired? Are you stressed and consumed with the daily grind? Are you considering giving up your ministry? You may be experiencing burnout. This week we cover three ways to avoid burnout and what to do when you encounter it.

  • Allen's Unexpected Mission Trip Experience

    August 8th, 2018  |  5 mins 54 secs
    daily mass, eucharist, inspiring, mission trip, witness

    Allen shares a powerful story involving dynamite, flying rocks, wheelchairs, and one woman’s inspiring witness to the Eucharist.

  • Ministry Minutes: Are You Caught in a Rut?

    August 1st, 2018  |  1 min 18 secs
    keep up, ministry, routine

    It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with the same routine year after year, but the demands of ministry can change quickly and often. What can we do to keep up?

  • Ministry Minutes: Complaining Won't Help

    July 25th, 2018  |  2 mins 23 secs
    complaining, grumbling, ministry, parish, st. john of the cross

    At what point does necessary venting become useless complaining, and what can we do to stop ourselves? St. John of the Cross has some strong advice.

  • Ministry Minutes: Keeping Up with the Parish Next Door

    July 18th, 2018  |  1 min 50 secs

    Have you ever caught yourself thinking, “If only our parish programming was like St. So and So’s down the street?” Keeping up with the Jones’ can lead to envy and bitterness. How can we learn from other parishes while still keeping our eyes on God?

  • Ministry Minutes: Your Most Important Work Happens Outside the Office

    July 13th, 2018  |  2 mins 31 secs

    Do you ever find yourself torn between working on schedules, calendars, programming and spending time with your parishioners? The summertime is a special opportunity. Unlike other times during the year when there is more structured programming to run and curriculums to plan, the summer offers time for a different type of ministry. Some would argue that it’s the most important part of ministry—the ministry of accompaniment.

  • Episode 71: Happy 4th of July & An Important Announcement!

    July 4th, 2018  |  1 min 34 secs

    Happy 4th of July & An Important Announcement! by…

  • Episode 70: A Winning Formula for Confirmation Prep

    June 27th, 2018  |  37 mins 23 secs

    One parish in Louisiana transformed their confirm…

  • Episode 69: Parishes, Please Invest in Better Music

    June 20th, 2018  |  43 mins 3 secs

    Whether we like it or not, people leave parishes …