The work of the NET teams is the primary activity of NET Ministries. Each year approximately 150 young adults ages 18-28 volunteer nine months of their lives to serve on the NET teams. These young adults are placed on 14 different teams of 8-14 people. For nine months, these teams become like family for each other as they work side by side sharing what God has done in their lives. For countless youth across the country this message of God’s love and power is brought to them in a personal way.

Teammate relationships will be among the deepest, most challenging and most rewarding relationships a young adult will ever have. They will laugh, cry, and struggle alongside one another. Through it all they’ll grow together. They will learn what it means to truly love and to truly be loved. Most often, it is not the ministry skills that the young people notice on a NET retreat, but the love that the team members have for one another.


Two types of ministry teams are currently being trained and sent out, traveling teams and parish/school teams.


NET Ministries currently has 9 traveling teams composed of 10 to 14 members who facilitate retreats six days a week for youth in junior high and high school. Each team travels to specific dioceses and spends time serving the individual parishes there.

In an average 9 month NET season, each traveling team will:

• Travel 20,000 miles
• Serve 7 to 8 dioceses
• Facilitate nearly 150 retreats
• Stay in 125 host homes
• Reach 8,500 young people one-on-one with the Gospel

With such a busy ministry schedule, a traveling team member’s van is their home sweet home and one of the best places to hang out and recharge with their teammates.

The ministry of each team is focused on retreats which can span 4 hours to 3 days. Large group talks, skits and dramas, small group discussions, and time for individual prayer are all components of each retreat. Throughout the entire retreat, the youth are extended the invitation to embrace their faith and cultivate a personal relationship with Christ. Learn how to bring a NET team to your parish. Click here to request more info or book a retreat!



Five of NET’s 14 ministry teams are Parish or School Teams. These teams serve in one specific parish or school for their entire NET year. While in the area they help facilitate the youth ministry or campus ministry program including things such as:

• High School Youth Group
• Junior High Ministry
• Discipleship Groups
• Young Adult/Core Team Ministry
• Teen Mass
• Retreats for Parish Youth

In addition, teams will reach out to teens who are not actively involved in parish life by going to local teen events/sporting events, eating lunch with youth at school and or popular hangout spots, and simply being a light to the community.

While in a parish or school, the teams stay with host families in the community for extended amounts of time which provides the chance to enter into family life and minister to the families as well. Parish team ministry is focused on long term evangelization and building relationships that will grow throughout the year and beyond.

Missionary Blogs

Missionary Blog – Team 14

Striving to Serve the Lord through the Little Things. “Remember that nothing is small in the eyes of God. Do all that you do with love.” - St. Therese Hello! My name is Mary Theresa Pitre, I’m 19 years old from P.E.I. Canada, and I would like to introduce you to Team...

Missionary Blog – Team 6

Hey Guys! What’s up? Greetings from Team 6! We are the California regional team, and today, I want you to meet our team and hear some stories from our time on the road and how God has been at work through the ministry! There are twelve of us. Five men and seven women....

Missionary Blog – Team 13

Team 13 wants to give you a warm hello from the great state of Texas! We are at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Plano, TX as a parish team for the fourth and final year! We have been so blessed with this welcoming and loving community. The staff here is so...

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