The Gathering for Youth Ministry Leaders

FellowshipProfessional Development
Mass and Spiritual FormationDynamic Speakers
Praise and WorshipComplimentary Lunch

The Gathering for Youth Ministry Leaders (Youth Ministers,

Directors of Religious Education, Core Team Members, Volunteers) offers:
• Spiritual growth and retreat
• Modern and 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. A typical Gathering includes hospitality at 9:15am, a training session, Mass, and a complimentary lunch beginning at 12:15pm.

Contact the Local Outreach Department with any questions, suggestions or concerns.

Upcoming Gathering Dates


PLEASE NOTE: NET will be launching a new website in early August, at which time, Gathering registration and more information will be available.

Thursday, September 17, 2015
2015-16 Youth Ministry Leaders Season Kickoff Mass & Morning Program

9:15am Check-in & Registration
9:45am Opening Mass & Program
12:45pm Lunch

Bishop Andrew Cozzens invites you to join him for a special Mass and commissioning for you as enter into the 2015-16 ministry season. Enjoy the fellowship of those you know and make new connections as well. Our morning will also include meeting with your Vicariate group and a complimentary lunch!

Bill Dill, Archdiocesan Coordinator of Youth Ministry Events, will join the festivities and share youth ministry events and resources available through the Archdiocese. You will receive information on a wide array of ministry resources (training events, youth events, retreats) sure to complement and support you in your ministry.

How To Register:
Register by Sept. 9th (Wed) at Midnight for a complimentary lunch*
*Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate special dietary needs for this event
Registrations after Sept. 10th are most welcomed, but no lunch can be offered.
Registration closes Sept. 15th at Midnight

Cost: There is no cost for this event, but pre-registration is required.
PLEASE NOTE: NET will be launching a new website in early August, at which time, Gathering registration and more information will be available.

Thursday, October 8, 2015
Leading From Your Heart…With Your Mind

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

Every person has influence, but not every person has a clear sense of how they intend to influence the people around them. Youth ministry leaders are among those who have the potential to influence the most. But without vision – without a clear goal – what kind of difference will you make?

Fr. Michael Schmitz is the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Diocese of Duluth. He has a powerful and unique gift of preaching and teaching making him a much sought-after speaker at major Catholic conferences, parish missions, and youth ministry events.

How To Register:
Register by Sept. 30th at Midnight for a complimentary lunch*
*Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate special dietary needs for this event
Registrations after Sept. 30th are welcomed but no lunch can be offered.
Registration closes Oct. 6th at Midnight

Cost: There is no cost for this event, but pre-registration is required.
PLEASE NOTE: NET will be launching a new website in early August, at which time, Gathering registration and more information will be available.

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Christ in the Classroom: Parish Catechesis as Encounter

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

If the New Evangelization is anything, it is (to summarize St. John Paul II) a call to situate all pastoral activity in relationship to holiness. That comes about by a profound and personal encounter with the person of Christ.

In this highly practical and refreshingly entertaining seminar, Fr. Bob Schreiner will explore the vital necessity for parish catechesis to transform any given classroom modeled curricula into personal encounters with Christ. He will explore both the why and the how of this transformation.

Fr. Bob Schreiner is the Director of the Office of the New Evangelization in the Diocese of Crookston. He serves as a national conference speaker and serves on the Board with Lifeteen.

How To Register:
Register by Nov. 4th at Midnight for a complimentary lunch*
*Special dietary meals are available if you register by Nov. 4th
Registrations after Nov. 4th are most welcomed but no lunch can be offered.
Online registration closes Nov. 10th (Tues) at Midnight
PLEASE NOTE: NET will be launching a new website in early August, at which time, Gathering registration and more information will be available.

Cost:
• Advance Registration: Until Nov. 1st @ Midnight: $10/person
• Regular Registration: Nov. 2nd – 10th @ Midnight: $15/person
• Walk-In Registration: After Nov. 10th: $25/person (no lunch provided)

PLEASE NOTE: No December or January Gatherings – Enjoy the holidays!

Thursday, February 11, 2016
The Gospel from the Platform

9am Check-in & Registration
9:30am Mass & Mike
3pm End

Being called to live the Gospel is given to all of us as baptized Catholics. But holding someone’s attention, engaging the imagination of an audience, and taking them to a place where hearts and minds are open – that takes skill. And the more “toolsets” at your disposal, the more the Holy Spirit can use those skills to have real impact.

In this brand new program from professional speaker Michael Hoffman you’ll learn:
• Specific delivery techniques to share with your catechists
• How to use the latest technology for the “Wow Factor” in your presentations
• The Art of Storytelling to enhance your presentations

Of course, you’ll always walk away with lots of delivery tips and techniques to add to your skill bag – and much more!

Michael Hoffman is one of the most dynamic corporate speakers here in America and abroad. His highly contagious passion for business has earned him the loyalty of many repeat customers such as Bank of Montreal, Aflac, Knight Ridder, SYSCO Foods, Comcast, Dryers Grand Ice Cream, and many more. His highly interactive style, dynamic presentation skills, and Catholic faith also make him a popular speaker for Catholic youth conferences, conventions and parish events. He is President of Igniting Performance, a Dallas-based company that specializes in the skills of sales, customer loyalty, and leadership.

How To Register:
Register by Feb. 3rd at Midnight for a complimentary lunch
*Special dietary meals are available if you register by Feb. 3rd
Online registration closes Feb. 9th at Midnight
PLEASE NOTE: NET will be launching a new website in early August, at which time, Gathering registration and more information will be available.

Cost:
• Advance Registration: Until Jan. 31st @ Midnight: $15/person
• Regular Registration: Feb. 1st – 9th @ Midnight: $20/person
• Walk-In Registration: After Feb. 9th: $25/person (no lunch provided)

Thursday, March 10, 2016
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.

How To Register:
Register by March 2nd at Midnight for a complimentary lunch*
*Special dietary meals are available if you register by Feb. 3rd
Registrations after March 2nd are most welcomed but no lunch can be offered
Registration online closes March 8th at Midnight
PLEASE NOTE: NET will be launching a new website in early August, at which time, Gathering registration and more information will be available.

Cost:
• 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)

Thursday, April 14, 2016
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

How To Register:
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
PLEASE NOTE: NET will be launching a new website in early August, at which time, Gathering registration and more information will be available.

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