NFCYM Webinars

One-hour formational events hosted by NFCYM and presented free to ministry leaders and volunteers as part of our mission to support and strengthen those who accompany young people as they encounter and follow Jesus Christ.

All webinars are recorded. A link to the webinar recording is sent to all registered after each session so be sure to register even if you cannot attend the live session.

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Promoting and Implementing the National Dialogue Conversations in My Diocese
Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 2:00 pm ET

Moderated by Don Boucher Panel includes Kathy Goller & Greg Coogan

Phase 2 of the National Dialogue is all about conversations with youth, young adults, parents and families, and ministry leaders. As a diocesan director of youth, young adult, Pastoral Juvenil, and/or campus ministry, how do you promote and implement this phase in your diocese with everything else that you have to do? How do you motivate and support parish, school, and campus leaders to incorporate these conversations in their ministry? In this webinar, Don Boucher, Greg Coogan, and Kathy Goller will share their initial experiences, insights, and methods in getting the National Dialogue started in their dioceses.

Panel: Don Boucher, Director of the Office of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Davenport, and Co-Chair of the National Dialogue Core Team; Greg Coogan, Director of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry for the Diocese of Camden; Kathy Goller, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Buffalo.


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How to Survive Burnout and Thrive in Youth Ministry
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm ET

Presented by Christopher Wesley Moderated by Cindee Case

The longer you are in ministry the more joys and memories you accumulate. Watching life change is a beautiful thing. At the same time the longer you are in ministry the more desert periods you'll face. How you and your team work through them is important. It's not only about having the right resources but creating a culture filled with healthy habits. In this webinar Chris Wesley, Founder of Marathon Youth Ministry, will share his own story of burnout, how he's worked through it and some of the best practices that have helped him, his team and other youth workers thrive in ministry.

Christopher Wesley is the founder of Marathon Youth Ministry Inc, a consulting company for youth ministers and churches. He is also the full time director of youth and young adult ministry at St. Joseph Parish where he oversees middle and high school youth ministry. You can learn more about Chris through his books Rebuilding Youth Ministry and Rebuilding Confirmation. He is married to his wife, Kate, and has two sons, Matthew and Benjamin. In his spare time he likes to run, hike, and cook.


Models of Pastoral Juvenil: Foundations and Basic Terms
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 2:00 pm ET

Presented by Mirna Ochoa, Fr. Alejandro Lopez Cardinale, and Alex Barraza



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Going, Going Gone... What Now?
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm ET

Presented by Dr. Bob McCarty Moderated by Jane Angha

In their study, the Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics, Saint Mary’s Press describes extensive research on young Catholics who have left the Church. This webinar will identify the underlying dynamics that lead to disaffiliation and will propose pastoral strategies that enhance affiliation and engagement with the faith community. This session builds on the initial webinar (Going, Going, Gone) originally presented in 2017 and which can be viewed via NFCYM's webinar library.

Bob McCarty is a pastoral ministry consultant and trainer and has been in professional ministry since 1973, serving in parish, school, diocesan, and national settings. He offers workshops, retreats, and training programs in ministry skills and issues internationally. Bob serves as the coordinator for the Saint Mary’s Press research project on disaffiliated young Catholics. He is adjunct faculty at Catholic University of America and the University of Dallas.


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Engaging Today’s Parents: Re-Imagining Ministry with Families in Mind
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 2:00 pm ET

Presented by Tom East Moderated by Lisa Gomes

Families that pray together, share faith and engage in service together transform their faith, change our parishes and ultimately share Christ’s love in the world. What do we need to inspire and support parents of youth today? This webinar will explore practical ways to re-imagine our ministry with families in mind.

Tom East is the Director of the Center for Ministry Development, Project Coordinator for Youth Ministry Services, and Coordinator of the Certificate Program in Youth Ministry Studies. Tom is a popular speaker and author. Tom holds a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles. Previously, Tom was the Director of Youth Ministry and the Associate Director of Religious Education for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Tom is author for numerous books and resources including Leadership for Catholic Youth Ministry (Twenty-Third Publications, 2013).


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The Parish Youth Minister: Going from Doing to Empowering
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 2:00 pm ET

Presented by Ela Milewska Moderated by Alison Pope

Youth ministry is the work of the whole parish and not just one or a few people. This is a good idea theory but is hard in practice, especially when the community looks to you as THE youth minister. This webinar will address real strategies to move from being the primary minister to young people to the facilitator of a community of ministers.

Ela Milewska has trained youth ministry and catechetical leaders educators across the US and internationally. She is blessed to have ministered in a variety of environments from rural communities to large cities. Ela is currently the executive director of the Department of Youth Faith Formation overseeing the offices that help parishes form young people and their families from pre-school to twelfth grade. In 2016, she received the National Youth Ministry Award in training.


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High Anxiety: Unlocking the Effects of Stress and Anxiety in the Lives of Youth and Young Adults
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm ET

Presented by Dr. Jodi Hunt Moderated by Jane Angha

This webinar will unlock the mystery of the young mind and the high rates of anxiety that we are seeing play out through the lives of young people today. Specifically, we will explore the causes of anxiety and how it affects the spiritual lives of the youth and young adults we minister to.

Dr. Jodi Hunt, PhD (Fordham University) has over ten years’ experience in teaching catechesis at both the parish and Catholic school levels. Her research interests include exploring modern moral/ethical issues that Catholic youth and young adults encounter outside the walls of the church and finding practical, meaningful ways of response formed from within the walls of the church. After six years in NYC, Dr. Hunt now resides in the great state of Texas in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her husband and their three free spirited children and she currently teaches at the University of Dallas as an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Ministry in the Neuhoff School of Ministry.


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Bruises on the Inside: The Changing Landscape of Bullying
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 2:00 PM ET

Presented by Roy Petitfils Moderated by Cindee Case

Bullying is a significant cause of stress, anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicide in youth. In this webinar, you’ll learn what bullying is and is not, it’s most prevalent forms, the psychology of the aggressor and the victim, differences in male and female bullying as well as individual and institutional preventive and response strategies.

Roy Petitfils, MS, LPC has served in schools as a teacher, campus minister, counselor, and administrator. He is currently a psychotherapist at a Catholic counseling center, specializing in working with adolescents. Roy has written several books including his What Teens Want You to Know (But Don’t Tell You). Roy speaks at workshops, conferences, and retreats and hosts the Today’s Teenager podcast.


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Incarnation Driven Ministry
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Presented by Katie Prejean McGrady Moderated by Adam Ganucheau

When we read “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” in the Gospel of John, we immerse ourselves in the reality of the Incarnation: God became man so that we can be in relationship with Him. This is life-changing, and the encounter with Jesus face to face transforms us entirely, turning us into a virtuous, prayerful, selfless individual who seeks to spread the Gospel. Does our ministry seek to do the same? Does our ministry introduce the reality of the Incarnation, and also build relationships with others that are transformational? Do we seek to build relationships with young people, new parishioners, and families, hoping to also help them meet and be in relationship with Jesus? Are we being incarnational?

Katie Prejean McGrady is an international speaker and author of Room 24: Adventures of a New Evangelist and Follow: Your Lifelong Adventure with Jesus, published by Ave Maria Press. Katie has appeared on EWTN, Catholic TV, Radio Maria, Sirius XM’s Catholic Channel, writes for Ave Maria Press, LifeTeen, and EpicPew, and has spoken in parishes & dioceses across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.


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Engaging Young People in God Talk
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 4:00 PM EST

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According to current research, one factor leading to young people leaving the Church is the lack of opportunity to talk about faith issues! This webinar will provide participants with practical skills on how to use symbol, analogy, and metaphor in engaging young people in God talk.  

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Dr. McCarty will identify spiritual practices, faith skills, and rituals that enable young people to ‘talk’ about God and faith and to live out their discipleship.  Participants will consider the importance of creating space for deep conversations for young people so that questions and doubts can be verbalized and understand the underlying pedagogy of connecting life to faith to life, enhancing our pastoral and catechetical efforts in a school setting.