The Gathering for Youth Ministry Leaders


• Spiritual growth and retreat

• Creative ministry resources

• A strong community of like professionals that provides collaboration and new resources

• Dynamic presentations to expand your knowledge of the Church and youth ministry


The Gathering for Youth Ministry Leaders meets the second Thursday of every month, from September to May.

Upcoming Gathering Dates


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Let the Goose Loose – Ministering in the Power of the Holy Spirit



9:15am Hospitality
9:45am Mass and Program
2:30pm End

The harsh reality is that 75% of the teens in active Catholic youth ministries won’t be going to Church in five years – but not your teens, right? Your teens have fun, they may make lots of friends, learn things about Jesus, and even go to Adoration, but are they disciples? Are they committed to Christ and inviting others into relationship with Him? Are they living a life empowered by the Holy Spirit? Are they on their way to Heaven?

If you can’t answer yes to each of those questions, it is likely that your teens will become a tragic statistic. But of course, your teens are not a statistic. They are children of God who are loved deeply loved by Him, which makes it all the more important that your ministry is being led by and empowered by the Spirit of Jesus.

During our day retreat, Fr. Dave Pivonka will address these issues:
• Living a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit
• Creating opportunities for teens to experience the Holy Spirit
• Are things really that bad? (Yes, they are.)

Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, will lead our day. He is widely known for his dynamic preaching and teaching at Steubenville Youth Conferences and for his extensive work with Catholic youth ministry throughout the United States. He currently serves as the director of post-novitiate formation for the Franciscan province in Washington, D.C.

Register by March 2nd at Midnight for a complimentary lunch*
*Special dietary meals are available if you register by March 2nd
Registrations after March 2nd are most welcomed but no lunch can be offered
Registration online closes March 8th at Midnight

• Advance Registration: Until February 28th @ Midnight: $15/person
• Regular Registration: Feb 29th – March 8th @ Midnight: $20/person
• Walk-In Registration: After March 8th: $25/person (no lunch provided)

Secrets to Building Your Volunteer Dream Team



9:15am Hospitality
9:45am Program & Mass
12:45pm Lunch

One of the biggest challenges facing any leader in youth ministry or faith formation is making sure you have a well-equipped ministry team of adults and young adults to assist you in the great mission. Catechists, small group leaders, and other volunteers are the lifeblood of your programs. Without them, you will find yourself on the fast track to burnout. With a well-trained and cohesive team, watch what can happen!

So what can be done to secure that team that you need? Are there any secrets from those who are successful in building volunteer teams? Are there any tips and strategies you can implement immediately as you plan for next fall?

Leading this strategic session is Joe Roueche from NET Ministries. Joe will draw upon his 25+ years of youth ministry experience on the parish, diocesan, and national levels.

What You Will Learn:
• Three non-negotiables to making your ask for volunteers
• The key to recruiting men for your team
• The secret to making “lifers” out of your volunteers
• The 30-Day Principle

Register by Apr. 6th at Midnight for a complimentary lunch*
*Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate special dietary needs for this event
Registrations after Apr. 6th are most welcomed but no lunch can be offered.
Registration closes April 12th at Midnight

Cost: There is no cost for this event, but pre-registration is required.

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