New Year, New Role

New year, new role, new opportunities for evangelization. Today, Gomer and Dave “the taxman“ VanVickle talk about practical ways to kickstart evangelization at your parish in the new year.

Snippet from the Show

“Connection is more important than perfection.”


“Having solid relationships just means that the tasks and mission of the Church is going to flow that much easier. You’re investing in the people around you so that they can be invested in the mission.”




  • get off on the right foot with the secretaries
  • send time with parish staff members one-on-one
  • get to know stakeholders: Knights of Columbus, women’s groups, etc. 
  • community influencers and such, like parents, coaches, etc. 
  • employees and clergy need to be connected 


  • Spiritual/Devotional Outreach and Evangelistic Outreach
  • Sacramental Preparation needs to more Kerygmatic, more Community, more Prayerful
  • “Gee, it would be nice if we could bring back this” – Build political capital with your people
  • Look for norms and protocols for hospitality 
  • Liturgy and Life – you’ll hit a lot of folks because even committed Catholics don’t understand the liturgy and how to bridge it into their lives

Bonus Tips

  • Build a relationship with someone to unburden your heart, because you will have bad days
  • Understand Marketing Strategy


Meet Your Hosts


Michael “Gomer” Gormley

Michael spent 17 years in full-time parish ministry and is now the Mission Evangelist for That Man Is You!, a men’s apostolate for Paradisus Dei. Michael is a frequent speaker at conferences, retreats, and parish missions all over the US and Canada.

He is the founder and creative director of, and hosts three Catholic podcasts: Every Knee Shall Bow, Catching Foxes, and Becoming God.

He is married to his college sweetheart, Shannon, and has four beautiful and hilarious children: Kateri, Cecilia, Noah, and Thomas.


David “Dave” VanVickle

Dave VanVickle

Dave VanVickle fell in love with the Lord at the age of fourteen and has since dedicated his life to bringing others into a radical relationship with Christ.

He is a speaker and retreat leader who focuses on proclaiming the universal call to holiness, authentic Catholic spirituality, spiritual warfare and deliverance. Additionally, Dave has over ten years of experience assisting Priests with their ministries of exorcism and deliverance.

Dave married his late wife Amber in 2010. He now resides in Pittsburgh with his five children: Sam, Max, Judah, Josie and Louisa.

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