Mike has been leading evangelization and ministry efforts for the past ten years, both as a full-time parish staff member and as a speaker and consultant for parishes, dioceses, and Catholic campus ministries.
Mike is also the founder and creative director of LayEvangelist.com, and the producer and cohost of a Catholic young adult podcast Catching Foxes, which discusses the collision of Faith and Culture.
He is married to his college sweetheart, Shannon, and they have about 1,000 children and get about 3 hours of sleep a night, which is alright by him.
May 13th, 2020 | 35 mins 11 secs
catholic, catholic church, catholic faith, catholic families, catholic parents, catholic parish, evangelization, evangelize, faith, ministry, mission, parish, tithe, tithing, youth ministry
Today, Dave “Homefool” Vanvickle and I are answering questions from you! This week, we talk about teaching kids at home, tithing, and how to do youth ministry during quarantine.
May 6th, 2020 | 40 mins 31 secs
catholic, catholic schools, catholic university, college tuition, dave vanvickle, discipleship, forming disciples, fr. dave pivonka, franciscan university, intentional disciples
Dave VanVickle is joined today by Franciscan University President, Fr. Dave Pivonka. Together they share their thoughts on forming intentional disciples, including Father's decision to offer free tuition to incoming freshmen next year.
April 29th, 2020 | 38 mins 48 secs
adults, catholic evangelization, community, dave vanvickle, digital church, evangelization, gomer, kids, lack of money, limited resources, mercy, michael gormley, money, resources, team
Dave “Gym Shorts Only” Vanvickle and I give some recommendations and tips for picking up evangelization with limited resources after COVID-19 and the difficulties of a digital church.
Snippet of the Show
“Your role in the kingdom of Heaven is to advance the Gospel in the world, and maybe this quarantine can reemphasize the power of the laity.”
April 22nd, 2020 | 53 mins 55 secs
catholic evangelization, dave vanvickle, evangelization, gomer, michael gormley
Today's show, is from a talk I gave at the Fullness of Truth Conference last year. It was a weekend long conference on Mary from an apologetics standpoint. My talk was on Mary and the spiritual warfare. Typically someone like Dave VanVickle would give this talk. In fact, Dave sorta did give this talk because in my preparation for this, while driving from Houston to San Antonio, I listened to Dave's Ten Principles of Spiritual Warfare in Every Knee Shall Bow and it helped me formulate my thoughts.
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April 15th, 2020 | 54 mins 25 secs
catholic, catholicism, charismatic movement, charismatic renewal, charisms, evangelization, gifts of the holy spirit, hearing god's voice, holy spirit, ministry, miracles, praise and worship, prophecy, signs, wonders
Dave “the Luddite” VanVickle and I are eating meat and answering emails (not at the same time). We answer questions about the importance of signs, wonders, prophecy, and miracles when it comes to evangelization.
April 1st, 2020 | 31 mins 37 secs
budget, catholic, catholic church, catholicism, church community, dave, gomer, kerygma, ministry, parish, parish ministry
If we could re-do our parish ministries knowing everything we know now, what would we do? Given that resources are running low at many parishes, Dave and I zero in on the number one thing we would focus on if we could go back in time.
March 25th, 2020 | 47 mins 33 secs
acts, acts of the apostles, bible study, catholic, catholicism, church, church fathers, dave vanvickle, dr. scott hahn, early church, evangelization, evangelize, gomer, ministry, scott hahn, scripture, st paul center, theology
Dave “The Vengeance” VanVickle and I are geeking out today, because we’re talking to Dr. Scott Hahn—yes, that Dr. Scott Hahn. Text “EKSB” to 33-777 to subscribe and get the shownotes!
March 18th, 2020 | 38 mins 38 secs
catholic evangelization, coronavirus, covid-19, dave vanvickle, evangelization, michael gormley
Dave “Can’t Spare a Square” VanVickle joins me today, as well as our illustrious producer, Marisa Beyer, to talk about life as a Catholic during these crazy COVID-19 times. We reflect on the Catholic response we’re seeing so far, share ideas for making your home the domestic church, and round things out with a special Coronavirus edition of the 5 Practical Takeaways.
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March 4th, 2020 | 1 hr 11 mins
apologetics, aquinas, catholic, catholic church, catholic ministry, catholic morality, catholic parish, catholic priest, catholicism, evangelization, evangelize, fr. gregory pine, ministry, moral teaching, morality, parish
Today I’m speaking with Fr. Gregory Pine, O.P., the Assistant Director for Campus Outreach at the Thomistic Institute. We mix apologetics, intellectual formation, campus ministry, and morality, and sprinkle a healthy dose of Aquinas on top. Text “EKSB” to 33-777 to subscribe or email us at [email protected]
February 26th, 2020 | 48 mins 31 secs
catholic, catholic parishes, catholicism, christ, christian, christianity, cross, crucifixion, dave vanvickle, glory story, gomer, jesus, jesus christ, mike gormley, ministry, parish
Dave “He Must Increase, I Must Decrease” VanVickle is not joining me (Mike “Gomer” Gormley) today, but we’ve still got a great show. First, I talk about the poverty of the Cross, how Jesus was stripped of everything, and suffered like no one else ever has or ever will and how that needs to be at the absolute center of everything we do. Next, I read some glory stories from our audience (someone from Ireland wrote in, so we’re bonafide international now). It’s amazing to hear about the good things happening in parishes, since we’re constantly inundated with negative news. Finally, I answer a couple questions about how to make meetings more Christocentric, and how to include the kerygma in training efforts.
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February 19th, 2020 | 42 mins 18 secs
bible, bible study, catholic, dr. italy, evangelize, gomer, historical context, historical jesus, jesus, jesus christ, marcellino d'ambrosio, mike gormley, ministry, new testament, old testament, romans, understanding jesus
A thorough understanding of the world Jesus lived in is vital to a thorough understanding of Jesus himself. I’m talking to Marcellino D’Ambrosio, aka “Dr. Italy” founder of Crossroads Initiative and co-author of Jesus: The Way, The Truth, and The Life about the historical context of the Old Testament, the world in which Jesus began his ministry.
February 12th, 2020 | 43 mins 9 secs
catholic, catholic church, catholic questions, church scandal, dave vanvickle, evangelization, evangelize, gomer, leaving the church, mike gormley, ministry, parish, parishioners, priest, priest scandal, religion at work, spiritual direction, spiritual director
Dave “The Kangaroo” VanVickle and I are bouncing around (see what I did there?) answering your questions about spiritual direction, Church scandals, and bringing Jesus into secular work environments, like the medical field and academia.
February 5th, 2020 | 53 mins 28 secs
apologetics, catholic, catholic church, catholic ministry, dave vanvickle, earning god's love, evangelization, evangelize, faith, god's love, gomer, grace, justification, justified, justified by christ, mike gormley, ministry, parish, works
Dave “The Meateater” VanVickle and I talk about the trap of thinking we need to earn God’s love. This idea is what leads us to that “holier-than-thou” attitude where we congratulate ourselves for not sinning, and then look down on those who are struggling with sin. The reality is that God is a loving father who will give us what we need to serve and love him (aka grace). It’s not through our own efforts that we earn God’s love, it is a free gift that we can respond to … or not.
January 29th, 2020 | 35 mins 35 secs
brandon vogt, catechism, catholic, catholic ministry, confirmation, evangelization, gomer, how to read more, mike gormley, ministry, new media, online evangelization, word on fire
Today, I’m talking to the one and only Brandon Vogt, Content Director at Word on Fire, and expert in all things online evangelization. We talk about Bishop Barron, debating with atheists, proving the existence of God, and how to read more books.
January 22nd, 2020 | 47 mins 51 secs
catholic, catholic church, catholicism, dave vanvickle, evangelize, gomer, kolbe prison ministry, mike gormley, ministering, ministry, prison ministry, prison stories
Dave “The Exception for Every Rule” Van Vickle is back with me, Mike “Gomer” Gormley, as we talk about the ups and downs of prison ministry.
January 15th, 2020 | 40 mins 28 secs
angels, catholic, catholic church, catholic prayer, dave vanvickle, demons, from the archives, gomer, michael gormley, prayer, prayer life, prayer warriors, spiritual warfare, temptation, vanvickle family
First off, I want to thank you all for your pouring of prayers, concern, and even money to the VanVickle family as his wife battles cancer. He wanted me to tell you that he has been uniquely blessed by your love and support and he is praying for you all.
This week’s show is from our archive. Episode 10 of Season 1 of EKSB is our most popular episode so far because it shows the cosmic dimensions of evangelization, that is, spiritual warfare. As Dave reminds us, the ordinary way the Devil attacks us is through temptation and the ordinary means by which we destroy the works of the devil is evangelization.