NCCYM 2018  Tampa

December 6-8, 2018
Tampa Convention Center

The National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry (NCCYM) gathers and forms adults to inspire, strengthen, and nourish those who accompany young people as they encounter and follow Jesus Christ.


2018 Theme: Unlock

Join us alongside Tampa Bay as we "Unlock" our theme for 2018, gathering with over two thousand adult leaders at the Tampa Convention Center to network, learn, and celebrate these daily themes: 

  • Unlocking and Cultivating Our Personal Relationship with Jesus Christ. How are we being discipled ourselves?
  • Unlocking Missionary Discipleship - What does it look like to be a missionary disciple today? How do we help form and accompany young people into that life/lifestyle?
  • Unlocking the Minds and Hearts of the Young – How do we effectively engage and disciple the emerging young generation to be missionaries, especially when so many are walking away from faith?

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Accepting Workshop Submissions Through December 31

Through the end of December, 2017 NFCYM is conducting an online submission process open to all potential speakers. If you would like to be considered for presenting a workshop at NCCYM, please click the link below. You may complete as many entries as you wish. Decisions will be finalized by February, 2018.

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The Schedule
(So Far...)

Wednesday, December 5
1:00-6:00 pm      Preconferences
6:00 pm              Daily Mass

Thursday, December 6
9-noon                Preconferences
1:00  pm              Networking Groups - Round 1
2:30 pm              Opening Concert
3:00 pm              Welcome and Opening Liturgy
5:00-7:30 pm     Dinner Break/Outdoor Concert
7:30 pm              Praise and Worship
8:00 pm             General Session/Keynote

Friday, December 7

8:00 am              Morning Outdoor Workout
9:00 am              Workshop Round A
10:30 am             Praise and Worship
11:00 am              General Session/Keynote
12:30-5:30 pm    Exhibit Hall Open
Noon                   Daily Mass /Reconciliation Opportunities
12:30 pm             Lunch Break
2:30 pm               Workshop Round B
3:45 pm               Networking Groups  - Round 2
5:00-7:30 pm      Dinner Break
8:00 pm               Evening Options

  • Youth Ministry Extravaganza
  • Outdoor Musical Concert/Sing-a-Long
  • Boat Cruise

Saturday, December 8

8:00 am              Morning Outdoor Workout
8:30 am              Praise and Worship
9:00 am             General Session/Keynote
10:30- 4:30 pm  Exhibit Hall Open     
11:00 am             Workshop Round C    
oon                  Daily Mass /Reconciliation Opportunities
12:30 pm            Lunch Break
2:00 pm             Workshop Round D
3:30 pm             Networking Groups – Round 3
4:30 pm             Praise and Worship
5:00 pm             Closing Liturgy
7:30 pm             Local Social Event


What's New for 2018?


Networking, Networking and MORE Networking - After every NCCYM, attendees name "networking" as one of their primary needs and chief reasons for attending NCCYM and we've heard you! In 2018 each day will feature an intentional time to gather with other colleagues in facilitated network sessions to share ideas, questions and resources around particular areas of needs, interest and/or ministry focus.

Time to Process and Apply - Our main stage sessions will allow time for attendees to connect, process, reflect and apply what they are hearing with what they are doing in their lives and ministry.

Deep Dives - Extended (2.5 hour) sessions presented by national leaders, designed to take attendees deeper into a ministry topic. The perfect choice for some of our more experienced attendees.

Time to Socialize and Celebrate - How about starting the day with a brisk workout or walk along the bay or ending it with a boat ride, outdoor concert or sing-a-long led by a national Catholic performing artist? There will be no shortage of social opportunities to help you continue to network, share and connect with your colleagues from morning till night.

So Much More - Keep returning to this site as more plans come to life and tell your friends and colleagues to plan now to join you in Tampa in December, 2018!

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Coming Soon...

Hotel Registration - NFCYM has contracted with six hotels within easy walking distance to the Tampa Convention Center to serve our attendees. Prices will range from $99-$159 per night. Hotel registrations will open on this site in February, 2018.

Conference Registration - Conference registration will begin in June, 2018 and will include two lunch vouchers to be used within the Convention Center during the event.


Need More Information?

Contact the NFCYM Meetings and Event Team: