These one-hour formational events are a member service offered free of charge to all ministry leaders and volunteers. All webinars are recorded. A link to the recording will be sent to all registered so be sure to register whether or not you are able to attend the live presentation.
The Power of Presence: Moving Middle School Youth from Entertainment to Encounter
Presenter: Amanda Grubbs Moderated by Jane Angha
September 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm EDT
Teens are constantly surrounded by entertainment whether that is through social media, music, streaming TV shows, or YouTube there is no shortage to the amount of things vying for their attention. So how do we get through? How do we reach through this world of entertainment and create programming that leads teens into a true encounter with Jesus Christ? How do we not only hand on the faith but also create a community that becomes their foundation? This webinar walks through three simple steps to help all those who work with middle school youth to realize the power of presence in programming and how to move their middle school youth from entertainment to encounter.
Amanda Grubbs is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville with a degree in Theology and Catechetics with an emphasis in youth ministry. She works extensively with middle school youth ministry resources as the Edge Support Coordinator at Life Teen and has been passionately involved in youth ministry since her own conversion to Catholicism in middle school. Amanda, her husband, and their son reside in the desert wilds of Arizona, and when they are not off leading teens closer to Christ, they can be most often found in the great outdoors or at a quaint coffee shop.
Holistically Pro-Life: Forming the Next Generation’s Respect For & Celebration of Life
Presenters: Katie Prejean McGrady and Tommy McGrady
with panel reactions by Nicholas Stein and Joan Weber Moderated by Cindee Case
October 10, 2017 at 2:00 PM EDT
The culture of death, a term coined by St. John Paul II in 1995, seeks to influence young people by crafting a “me first” narrative, thus forming within them a “throw away/disposable” attitude. Teens can very easily fall into the trap of treating people like objects, of having relationships that are based on utility, not authentic connection, and they can begin to believe that human life has little to no value unless it “produces” something of material worth or gives immediate satisfaction. This webinar will address how we can shift this usury, selfish mindset becoming so prevalent in teens today. It will identify how to go from an attitude of “use” to one of “respect for and celebration of” life at every stage and in various contexts by mapping out three specific ways adults can teach and advocate for a “culture of life” that ultimately defeats the “culture of death.”
Katie Prejean McGrady and Tommy McGrady are speakers, authors, and educators who travel extensively across the United States and Canada speaking at diocesan & national youth, young adult, and adult conferences, various retreats, Advent and Lenten parish missions, and delivering workshops on variety of topics.
Joan Weber is the Project Coordinator for Youth and Family Ministry Services at the Center for Ministry Development.
Nicholas Stein serves as the Young Adult Ministry Leader for the Sisters of Bon Secours, based in Marriottsville, Maryland.
Going, Going, Gone… the Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics
Presenters: Bob McCarty, Frank Mercadante and Br. Armand Alcazar Moderated by Lisa Gomes
November 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm EDT
Saint Mary’s Press recently conducted extensive research with young Catholics who have left the Church. This session will identify the underlying dynamics that lead to disaffiliation, describe the factors that reinforce those dynamics, and examine the implications for parish life, vocational discernment, and pastoral ministry. And we will also propose pastoral strategies that enhance affiliation and engagement with the faith community.
Meet the Panel:
- Bob McCarty, D.Min – pastoral trainer and consultant, serving as the coordinator for the Saint Mary’s Press (SMP) research project on disaffiliated young Catholics. (email@example.com)
- Frank Mercadante - the founder and Executive Director of Cultivation Ministries, has trained thousands of youth ministry leaders in over 100 dioceses internationally and has authored several books, including Engaging A New Generation (OSV 2012). Frank is a member of the SMP research team. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Br. Armand Alcazar, FSC –a professor at Lewis University with a career in high school and university ministry, holds degrees in Theology, Guidance and Personnel Services, Ministry of Religious Education, Spirituality and Religious Studies. Brother Armand is a member of the SMP research team. (email@example.com)
Walking the Tight Rope: Balancing Life and Ministry Within the Family Circus
Presenters: Chris and Linda Padgett Moderated by Jane Angha
December 12, 2017 at 2:00 PM EST
Have you ever felt like your best efforts at maintaining balance in the circus of your family life is a bit above you pay grade? Does it seem like you get control of one thing and three others completely unhinged? You are not alone. Linda and Chris Padgett talk about the reality of these difficulties and some of the ways they have dealt with these chaotic moments. With nine kids, ages five to twenty five, the Padgetts have a wealth of knowledge to encourage families wanting to not only help their kids explore the benefits of sports, academics, music and play, but they want to enable them to be successful men and women with character, integrity and a strong faith life. This presentation is meant to offer simple tips to help you balance the circus of family life, and give plenty of time for you to ask questions or concerns about your family as it tries to walk the fine line of balance in a time of extremes.
Science as a Teenager’s Path to God
Presenter: Robert Feduccia Jr. Moderated by Lisa Gomes
January 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm EST
Current research is showing that today’s teens live in the world differently than previous generations. There is an increasing desire to have any thought or belief verified through the scientific method. Rather than this reality being an obstacle for catechesis, it is an opportunity. The Webinar will provide on overview of the current research and then will present the Church’s teaching on the role of science in the life of a Christian. Particular attention will be given to the Big Bang and Evolution by Natural Selection. Finally, a catechetical session on Faith and Science will be provided.
Robert Feduccia, Jr. serves as the vice-president of Christian Faith Events for Declan Weir Productions. He was the founding director of the Youth Liturgical Leadership Program at Saint Meinrad School of Theology and was also the general manager for Spirit & Song, the contemporary music division of OCP (Oregon Catholic Press). Robert combines his unique set of experiences as a parish youth minister, retreat leader, and keynote presenter with his graduate degree in theology, and is able to express spiritual depth in way that is relevant to the real concerns people face today. He lives in the Nashville area with Kathleen, his wife, and their two sons and two daughters.
More Webinar Opportunities...
Evangelization & Faith Formation of Families: 10 Key Findings from a National Survey
Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. EDT REGISTER HERE
Presenter: John Roberto, Survey Coordinator
Co-Sponsored by the NCCL Evangelization Committee & Catholic Apostolate Center
In Winter 2017, the Evangelization Committee of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) conducted a survey to understand how parishes and schools are involved in the evangelization and faith formation of families and parents/grandparents. They survey asked leaders to identify their approach to families, the ways they evangelize families and engage them in faith formation, the ways they reach families at home. The survey concluded by inviting leaders to describe the challenges they face in the evangelization and faith formation of families. The Family Survey Report presents the research findings from the 468 parishes and schools that responded. The respondents came from across the United States, representing over 400 zip codes. This webinar will present 10 key findings from the survey including the most important ways that parishes and schools are engaged in evangelization and faith formation with families, and the significant challenges facing leaders.
The State of Catholic Education
September 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm EDT Register Here
Join the National Catholic Educational Association for an overview of the current state of Catholic school education and learn about highlights from NCEA’s Annual Statistical Report from the 2016-2017 academic year. Gain a national perspective on issues related to Catholic education and take advantage of this unique opportunity for Q&A with NCEA President/CEO, Dr. Thomas Burnford.
Creative Answers and Specific Approaches to Young Adult Faith Formation
September 19, 2017 at 3:00 pm EDT REGISTER HERE
Panelists include: Robert Feduccia, Amy McEntee, Gabriella Karaszweski, and Nicki Uerling.
Young adult faith formation is diverse, just as the Millennial Generation (born between 1982 and 2000) is diverse. Faith formation leaders know how to nurture the faith of children, parents, empty nesters, and elders. Young adults who are more spiritual seekers than mass goers challenge faith formation business as usual. This webinar features panelists with a variety of young adult faithformation ministry experiences. These young adult ministers will offer creative and practical ways to help Millennials grow in authentic faith and in Christian community. Suggested reading before the webinar: "Faith Formation with Young Adults" on the NCCL website blog.
The Strong Catholic Families 2017 Fall Webinar Series: Families Celebrating the Sacraments: From Formation to Transformation
The four Catholic organizations comprising the Strong Catholic Families national partnership are collaborating together this fall to host a free three-part webinar series for pastoral and ministry leaders and teachers on engaging parents around the sacramental touchstones within a family’s life. Our goal is to inspire leaders to come up with creative and engaging practices and processes that will transform the traditional Sacramental prep process into an integrated and holistic Sacramental Living plan for families that will empower them to live their faith as a Domestic Church between the Sundays. The three part series includes the following sessions:
- Thirteen: Engagement or Exodus? - Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 2:00 pm ET
Presented by Bob McCarty, D.Min and includes panel application to practice.
- A New Way of (Sacramental) Living - Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 2:00 pm ET.
Presented by Dr. Sean Reynolds and includes panel application to practice.
- New Paradigms in Play - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm EDT
Presented by a panel of innovative ministry leaders
A NATIONAL COLLABORATIVE WEBINAR SERIES ON CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING
Missionary Discipleship: A Discipleship That Reaches Out
Explore the call of the catechist to be a missionary disciple. For the seasons of Advent, Lent, and Easter, NCCL, NFCYM, NCEA, and CRS will accompany catechists in unpacking Catholic Social Teaching and its direct link to the Baptismal call of missionary discipleship. Each session will be offered prior to the liturgical season listed to equip participants with tools and resources for the upcoming weeks to be used for personal and communal reflection. More information here.
Three Part Series Includes:
- Advent: Missionary Discipleship Through the Lens of Catholic Social Teaching - November 9, 2017 at 4 pm ET - a focus on the Life and Dignity of the Human Person and the Call to Family, Community and Participation. REGISTER HERE
- Lent: Missionary Discipleship Through the Lens of Catholic Social Teaching - January 25, 2018 at 4:00 pm ET - a focus on Rights and Responsibilities, Preferential Option for the Poor and Vulnerable and the Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers. REGISTER HERE
- Easter: Mission ary Discipleship Through the Lens of Catholic Social Teaching - March 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm ET - a focus on Solidarity and Care for God’s Creation. REGISTER HERE