One of the best young adult ministry outlets in the country had me come and speak to a large crowd of book-buying young adults tonight. We even hit a bar afterwards. John Brust, their fearless leader and their pastor Fr. Ring were gracious hosts. They're trying to rope me into coming with them on their bike tour/wine tasting on Saturday while I'm here. This is forcing me to reveal one of my secrets: I don't bike--I never learned how--maybe coupling this with wine would be a good idea in my case.
Your humble blogger is Mike Hayes, a well-known expert in the world of young adult ministry (20s and 30s) in the Catholic Church. Mike is the author of Googling God (Paulist, 2007) where he explores both the chaotic world that young people live in and their religious reactions to that world. He also explores the age of instant gratification and how churches can respond to the needs of the young adult age by using technology alongside more traditional ministry methods.
Mike founded the award winning BustedHalo.com® in 2001 and continues to contribute to it as the editor of their catechetical section appropriately named Googling God.
Recently, he left BustedHalo® to focus on more direct ministry with young people at St Joseph University Parish as a Campus Minister for the South Campus at the University at Buffalo.
He has only two loves: his adorable wife, Marion and a nine pound chihuahua named Haze, who still find him amusing enough to let them live in their home.