Semiannual virtual formation events for ministers at all levels and in all realities—paid or volunteer; team leaders or team members; ministering in a parish, school, diocese, or your own family.
Ongoing – December 1, 2023
The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), YDisciple, and Ablaze Ministries are thrilled to announce the Momentum National Competition: Reshaping Confirmation Preparation. We invite creative and thoughtful minds to contribute their ideas on overcoming the challenges associated with the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Going Deeper into Gender and Faith
Thursday, March 30, 2023
Increasingly, youth ministers are being invited into the lives of young people navigating gender identity questions and emerging gender identity labels. Too often, many feel ill-equipped to engage with young people, stay silent, or reactively respond. This session will offer foundational information to help you more effectively accompany youth who have questions about gender and the intersection of gender with their Catholic faith.
What Makes It Work
Thursday, October 6, 2022
NFCYM is on a year-long journey to identify the essential elements of youth ministry. To help us in our search we are asking four of our partner organizations to tell us about one element in their model that they believe is key to successful youth ministry! Join NFCYM for an afternoon of sharing, questioning, and discussing what some of the ingredients for the “secret sauce” might be!
Forming Young Disciples
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Featuring keynote by Kara Powell from Fuller Youth Institute, this event is about ministry in the post-pandemic Church challenges those who accompany youth to look for new ways to engage and form young people as missionary disciples. Not only will this require alternative strategies and outreach to young people and their parents, but our own journeys will demand that we risk exploring some new paradigm-changing models and methods.
Rebuilding Church: Forming Disciples with a Missionary Spirit
Presented: April 28, 2021
Bishop Frank Caggiano will present the keynote on rebuilding a post-pandemic Church, assisted by emcees Anna Johnson and Brian Rhude. Then choose from six breakout sessions about rebuilding and forming disciples from speakers such as Michael and Crystal Marchand (Project YM), Robert Feduccia (EQ Saints), and Jake Mulder (Fuller Youth Institute), and more!
Gen Z: Protagonists in the Church and World
Presented: January 12, 2021
Featuring keynote by Kristen Ivy from Orange (The reThink Group, Inc.) and youth panelists from NeXt Level, this event is all about Gen Z and how well our current ministry structures and models empower them to be the protagonists and leaders that Pope Francis has invited them to become. Six workshops explored Gen Z relative to ministry, mental health, diversity, parents, technology, and the pandemic.
Moving Ministry Forward
Presented: October 14-22, 2020
Emcees Amanda Vernon and Ali Hoffman led a kick-off session about rediscovering the purpose of our programs, evaluating their effectiveness, and creating a strategy to move ministry forward to impact the lives of young people and their families. Event also featured breakout sessions from Diana Jorda, Sarah Kaczmarek, Rich Curran, Eunice Park and Edmund Mitchell.
The Accompaniment Symposium
Presented: September 1, 2020
Featuring keynote by Dr. Josh Packard from Springtide Research Institute, this event focused on ways to evangelize through accompaniment. In addition speakers partnered with field practitioners in six workshops to provide practical ways to apply the information presented to day-to-day ministry.