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

How to Gain, Train, and Retain Volunteers

Thursday, April 9, 2015

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.

Compounding this challenge is the reality of the fast-paced, busy lives of those we need and their many reasons for why they can’t assist.

So what does a ministry leader do? What can be done to secure the team that is so needed? Are there any secrets of those who are successful in building their team? What strategies and tips can be implemented for the building of your team this summer?

Mark your calendar and join this great session led by Annie Grandell. Originally from West Michigan, Annie came to the great state of Minnesota in 2001 to serve with NET Ministries. She is the Director of Youth Ministry for St. Mary and St. Michael of Stillwater and St. Charles of Bayport. Outside of her ministry in the St. Croix Valley, Annie speaks at a variety of youth functions around the region and serves on the Archdiocesan Youth Ministry Advisory Board.

9:15am: Hospitality
9:45am: Program & Mass
12:45pm: Lunch
Register by April 1 for a complimentary lunch!
Cost: Free