Cultivating an Atmosphere for Discipleship

A introductory course for parish leaders desiring to grow discipleship in their parish.


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After being involved in youth ministry for 10 years I grew very tired of many things. I would consider myself one of those people who had the privilege of starting from scratch in youth ministry. When I first started, the parish gave me a desk with no phone, no computer, and no youth group! Following the advice of others who worked in youth ministry, after about five years I had what many would call a successful youth group. It was successful in many ways and became a very safe place where the youth and families could come together to grow in faith.

Fortunately (and unfortunately at times) I am rarely satisfied. Although the youth ministry I was leading was relatively successful, I really didn't feel it was meeting the greatest needs of the youth and families in the parish. I began to pray, study, and wrestle with my deepest desires for youth ministry in the Church.

I wanted a youth ministry approach that:

  • was balanced and healthy for all involved (youth, parents, volunteers, and the youth minister)
  • provided a customized formation plan for each of the youth in the parish, meeting the needs of the youth no matter where they were at in their faith.
  • was scale-able and didn't have to change every time numbers changed.
  • better engaged the parents
  • was a parish wide approach instead of separating "youth ministry" and "religious education".

  • This is how Discipleship Focused Youth Ministry came about. In 2012 I began working with a handful of parishes who desired similar things. Since then I have been asked to share my wisdom from this journey with many others. In 2014 I started a blog at DiscipleshipYM.com sharing thoughts and encouragement to all of those who are journeying with me.

    So What Is This Course?

    This course is the same training that I have provided "live" to 100+ parishes in numerous different Dioceses. It includes every aspect of training and every resource that I give to parishes desiring to get started. We ran the course online in Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 and since then have been asked by many others when it will be open again. Over 300 parish leaders have attended the training so far!

    What Does It Include?

    By purchasing the course, you get access to 10 video lessons, a printable course workbook, numerous printable resources that you can copy for anyone in your parish, and discussion forums where you can dialogue about the content provided in the course and get feedback on how it may be implemented in your parish. The entire curriculum outline is listed below. While we go through the course as group in about six weeks, you have access to all of these materials for a full year. You also will be invited to a private Facebook Group so that you can continue the journey with your classmates and past classmates forever!

    Finally, we are working on a version 2.0 of the course that is expected to be done Fall 2018. That course will include even more lessons, resources, etc. but will also have an increased cost to go through. Anyone who signs up for the course during this enrollment period will automatically be added that version 2.0 when it is released at no extra cost!

    Who is this Course For?

    If you are a Pastor, Youth Minister, Faith Formation Director, or Director of Religious Education that is interested in deepening your understanding of discipleship and how a Discipleship Focused Ministry model can be implemented in your parish, than this course is for you.

    If you are looking to change the way youth ministry is done in your parish, than this course is for you!

    Who is this Course NOT For?

    Although I am a bit bias, I find it hard to believe there is anyone involved in youth ministry that would NOT benefit from the content of this course.

    That being said, if you are a small group leader or other type of youth ministry volunteer in your parish (not a parish leader), we do have a shorter course more targeted at leading a discipleship group that may be more fitting for you. You can find that course here.

    Your Trainer

    Eric Gallagher
    Eric Gallagher

    Eric Gallagher is a husband and father living in South Dakota. He has been involved in youth ministry since 2003. He has a great love for Discipleship and is currently serving the Diocese of Sioux Falls as the Director of Youth Discipleship & Evangelization. Eric is the founder of Cofome, LLC. which involves all kinds of various online projects, websites, and resources. You can support his work on Patreon here. Interested in having Eric come speak or train your parish or Diocese? Go here.

    Over 300 leaders have went through this training so far!

    Look at what just a couple of them had to say!

    "Pointed, practical, and purposeful, this course gives great insight and guidance to the needs of youth ministry today."

    - Brittney H.

    "This training is an exceptional tool for those beginning small group discipleship or looking to strengthen their current efforts. It casts a clear, compelling vision for evangelization and discipleship while addressing many of the practical details necessary for effective ministry with teens and parents.”"

    - Jen M.

    Training Curriculum

      Introduction - Before You Get Started
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      Lesson 1 - The Process of Evangelization
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      Lesson 2 - Forging New Paths
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      Lesson 3 - Diving Into Discipleship
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      Lesson 6 - The Power of Observation
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      Lesson 7 - Understanding Small Groups
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      Lesson 9 - Parish Programming... How Does It Fit In?
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      Lesson 10 - Closing Thoughts
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      More Discussion Questions
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    Upgrade to Premium!

    Upgrade to the premium course package and get:

    • Lifetime access to our standard small group leader training for your parish (over $500 value!). This is the training that we recommend you give all of your small group leaders to get them started in leading effective small groups.
    • 2 BONUS Lessons
      • Setting Benchmarks for Growth in Discipleship Focused Youth Ministry
      • Formation Through Mastermind Groups
    • 2 Copies of the Discipleship Focused Youth Ministry book by Eric Gallagher & Jim Beckman (shipping included!)

    If you are serious about deepening the efforts of discipleship in your parish, I'd encourage you to upgrade now and grab these deals that you can't get anywhere else!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    When does the course start and finish?
    This training is completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. When the course kicks off Eric will walk with the students, hold discussions, send emails, etc. and will be very involved for about six weeks. You will get the most value out of the course if you participate during that time especially.
    How long do I have access to the course?
    After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for an entire year - across any and all devices you own.
    What if I am unhappy with the course?
    We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund.
    Will I have access to Eric (the course instructor)?
    Yes! In fact, the reason registration for the course is open and closed at certain times is so that Eric can be especially available to a "class" of students at a time. Eric actively participates in the discussions in the course for six weeks after the course start date. After that, he remains more committed to the next class of students. If you are wanting even greater access to Eric, check out the bonuses included with the upgrades!
    Can you invoice my parish?
    Sure! If you are not able to pay with a credit card, send us an email to [email protected] and we will shoot you an invoice. Once a check is received we will set you up with access to the course. We are not able to offer any of the discounts or bonuses if you pay this way, but we will get you in.
    When is the next time this course will be open?
    We can't guarantee that it will. Eric truly desires to commit himself to the students of this course so will only offer it when there is margin in his schedule to be able to do so. If the next six weeks look busy for you, remember that you can go through the material any time over the next year.
    Do you offer discounts?
    Yes! Common for Dioceses, if you are able to find a group of 5+ people who would like to go through the course, just shoot us an email. We 'd love to offer a discount. Also, if you pay close attention during the enrollment period we do offer general discounts as well.

    A Unique Opportunity for Diocesan Directors!

    If you are interested in hosting your own private course with youth ministry leaders from your Diocese, let us know. We are able to offer a substantial discount for groups of 5+ and provide a unique and valuable opportunity that several Dioceses have already taken advantage of! Email Eric at [email protected]

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