Ministry Networks

We’re committed to advancing the field of pastoral ministry to young people.

What is a ministry network?

Ministry Networks are sponsored by the NFCYM to support the development of the field of youth and young adult ministry through ongoing conversations centering around current issues, struggles, strategies, and best practices. The moderators for each Ministry Network use online apps (Zoom, Facebook, Google Groups, etc…) to gather interested colleagues together around pertinent topical areas to share, resource, discuss, and ask questions among others within the network. There is no cost to be involved in a Ministry Network, just a commitment to be responsive to others in the Network. You may join as many Networks as you wish.

The listing of existing Ministry Networks is below. New networks can be formed at any time. Note that only a current NFCYM member may submit a proposal for a new Ministry Network. Proposed moderators must also be NFCYM members.

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Catholic Camping & Outdoor Ministry

A kindred group who work with young people in camps, retreats, and outdoor ministries. Issues that will be discussed include programming, prayer, staff development, facilities, budgets and administration.


Jeff Hoeben, and Jennifer Campbell

Catholic Scouting

To connect youth ministers and volunteers who serve youth in national youth serving organizations, including Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, American Heritage Girls, Catholic Daughters of America,Camp Fire, etc. We will talk about how to raise awareness of the religious recognition awards to help youth connect their scouting experience with their faith and discuss best practices as well as share resources.

Moderators: Jill HeinkCathy Becker, and Alison Tate

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Catholic Sports Ministry

To gather those involved at all levels of Catholic youth sports programs to discuss topics such as Incorporating faith with sports, best practices in training coaches, reasons for connecting YM and sports, what makes sports Catholic, ministering to parents, engaging clergy, and praying with youth.

Moderators: Stephen MorrisDave Neeson, and Kevin Molm



Diocesan Youth Ministry Directors and Leaders

The purpose of this Ministry Network is to nurture relationships among diocesan directors/leaders for youth ministry to network, support, and dialogue about successes, issues, best practices, resources, etc.


David Stagliano, Lisa Gomes, and Lisa Kurnik


High School Campus Ministers & Religion Teachers

To gather Catholic high school religion teachers and campus ministers to discuss and share resources on topics such as retreats, service/immersion experiences, liturgies and prayer environment, faculty development, curriculum & framework overviews and partnering between CM and religion teachers, handling “hot topics”, and peer leadership.


Elliot GualtiereChris Miller, and Susan Baker


Network’s Google Drive
Network’s Google Group

Multicultural Ministries

A network to name, claim, and promote and celebrate the depth of diversity including those on the peripheries within our organization and the broader church.


Deacon Kevin Staszkow



Multi-Parish & Cluster Ministry

To dialogue with others around the country about the needs and issues that go with multi-parish and cluster ministry. The Network will address the current issues and needs in this type of ministry and work with others who are inquiring about this ministry.

Liza Roach



Parish Youth Ministry Leaders

To provide a sounding board for parish youth ministry leaders and volunteers to exchange ideas, resources, and wisdom.

Denise York and Kim McMillan

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Pastoral Care

Seeks to gather youth ministry leaders and other professionals who provide pastoral care to youth and their families in order to identify current issues and best practices in pastoral care.

Sean RobinsonSr. Adelina Garcia and Chris Leach

Social Justice & Service

Transforming the world for Jesus Christ, the Justice & Service Network seeks to strengthen and support the efforts of youth ministers who provide experiences of encountering Christ through intentional service connected to the Catholic faith.


Paul Flores and Maggie Smith

Young Adult Ministry

A kindred group to discuss strategies and best practices in ministry to and with Catholic young adults.

Moderators: Christina Hannon Luehring and Michal Horace


Yazmín Maní Malone

Pastoral Juvenil Hispana Coordinator,
Diocese of Austin

Diocesan Member

"NFCYM has accompanied me in reaching out to like minded professionals to better provide service (ministry) to adolescents. NFCYM has allowed me to network and grow professionally.

'Youth as Protagonists' has been essential to Pastoral Juvenil Hispana in the Diocese of Austin."

Eva P. Delgado

Youth Minister, St. Christopher Church

Associate Member

"The various resources have helped me keep our program exciting and vibrant. NFCYM has provided me with shared information via webinars, workshops, conferences, outreach, and opportunities that are very informative to help make my ministry successful.

NFCYM is an open forum for me to seek material, guidance and support in keeping the youth ministry program successful."