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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.

Moderators:

Shawn and Anne MaddenJeff Hoeben, and John Egan

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

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 NeesonEla Milewska 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.

Moderators: 

Cindee CaseLisa Gomes, and Pat Kane

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.

Moderators:

Cari WhiteChris Miller, and Jeff Traylor

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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.

Moderators:

Andrea de la Roca, and Annette Turner

Multi-Parish & Cluster Youth Ministry

To dialogue with others around the country about the needs and issues that go with multi-parish and cluster youth 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.

Moderators: TBD

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.

Moderators:

Mare ErnestoPaul Flores, Kristin Witte, and Joan Weber

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