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2018 NFCYM Webinar Series

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.

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A National Dialogue Training Session: Organizing Conversations and Preparing Facilitators

July 26 at 2:00 pm EDT
Presenters:  Tom East and Don Boucher      Moderator: Michael Theisen

This webinar will provide an overview of the Conversations with Youth and Young Adults for the National Dialogue. This will include ideas and formats for organizing conversations, recruiting facilitators and listeners, preparing facilitators, and sharing the conversation results. A preview of the resources that support the conversations will be provided. This session is being offered for diocesan leaders, members of the Leadership Network and interested facilitators for the conversations. 
The National Dialogue is a collaborative effort between the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), the USCCB National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry, and the National Catholic Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana (LaRed) to engage the church in a National Dialogue on Catholic Pastoral Ministry with Youth and Young Adults with the intent to renew our ministry efforts with these members of our faith community

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Three Focused and Effective Pastoral Care Strategies for Youth Struggling with Bullying, Depression, and LGBTQ Issues

August 21 at 2:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Dr. Tim Hogan        Moderator: Cindee Case

Today’s youth carry emotional pain unknown to previous generations. Youth ministers on the front lines are often confronted with novel forms of emotional distress that challenge previously effective psychological and religious approaches. Dr. Hogan will present a pastoral counseling approach that will help to bring order to emotional chaos and offer struggling youth support and a plan to move towards healing. Special attention will be paid to challenges working with youth experiencing bullying, depression, suicide and LGBTQ issues. 

Dr. Tim Hogan is a psychologist and Certified Imago Relationship Therapist who co-authored How to Find the Help You Need, a guide to psychotherapy and spiritual direction, and recently released an album of guided meditations, Awakening Your Heart (iTunes). He directs The Grace Counseling Center in Detroit. He lives in Plymouth, Michigan, with his wife of 27 years and three children. Tim's weekly blogs inspire us to transform our desires and deepen human connections. He blogs at DrTimHogan.com/my-blog/. He contributed to RCL Benziger’s Family Life series.

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Reimagining Confirmation Ministry with Youth

Aug 28, 2018 2:00 PM EDT
Presenter:  Tom East     Moderator: Lisa Gomes 

What would it be like if your parish ministry of Confirmation was built around providing youth with experiences of faith, relationships with faith witnesses, and engaging commitments for ministry, leadership and service? Youth would learn and grow in their faith through this journey of hands-on faithful living. This webinar will explore ways to engage families, equip sponsors, and recreate your preparation and follow-through for Confirmation to share faith with youth in vibrant ways.  This session is a practical follow-up to Tom's earlier session on Confirmation presented in April, 2018.

Tom East is the Director of the Center for Ministry Development, Project Coordinator for Youth Ministry Services, and Coordinator of the Certificate Program in Youth Ministry Studies. Tom is a popular speaker and author. Tom holds a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles. Previously, Tom was the Director of Youth Ministry and the Associate Director of Religious Education for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Tom is author for numerous books and resources including Leadership for Catholic Youth Ministry (TwentyThird Publications, 2013). 

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Is Your Parish Ready to Grow Young?

September 18 at 2:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Leisa Anslinger          Moderator: Evan Psencik

What do parishes that intentionally engage their young people have in common? What can we learn from their experience? How do we engage parents, leading them to live and grow in faith as families (or domestic churches)? Explore this vital topic and learn what you can do to help your parish “grow young.” 

Leisa Anslinger is a frequent presenter at national and diocesan conferences as well as parish leadership days. She is the Director of Catholic Life and Faith, a center for pastoral leadership development. She is a certified Growing Young speaker and trainer. Her most recent projects include: Grateful Disciples and The Bridges Leadership Series. Leisa is a contributing author for Twenty-Third Publications and Liturgy Training Publications. She is a founding team member of the Catholic Strengths and Engagement Community. Leisa and her husband, Steve are the parents of two young adult children, Mike and Carrie and grandparents of Patrick and Cecilia. 

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A New Mission In Catholic Youth Ministry

October 9 at 2:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Rich Curran        Moderator: Adam Ganucheau

Forming Missional Disciples is more than icebreakers and activities. It requires focused efforts of formation and hands-on training to apprentice young people into the life and mission of Christ and His Church. In this session we will look at the parish organizational structures and support systems necessary to design and implement a multi-faceted ministry that specifically addresses the diverse formation needs of youth and families on a variety of spiritual development levels. 

Rich Curran is the founder and executive director of Parish Success Group, a Catholic non-profit organization that provides on-site coaching to parishes and dioceses getting them to grow in size and spiritual depth. Rich is the author of We Lack For Nothing: Five Essentials To Grow the Church. He is a regular presenter at national, regional and diocesan Catholic conferences, school assemblies, parish missions and staff leadership days. 

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Spirituality Once-Removed

December 18, 2018 at 2:00 PM EST
Presenter:  Mike Patin        Moderator:  Alison Pope

Much of our time and effort is spent on soul care and spiritual formation of others. But how do we, as ministers, open OUR minds hearts and bodies to create space for God? Near-spiritual experiences are not enough.

Mike has worked in ministry settings since 1984, first as a high school teacher and coach, and then in diocesan ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Since 2003, he has worked full time as a speaker and “faith horticulturist.” Throughout his ministry, Mike Patin has been privileged to speak to groups ranging from 10 to 23,000 in over 130 dioceses in the U.S. and Canada. He has spoken at parish missions, conferences, rallies, retreats, leadership institutes, and in-services, addressing youth, adults, families, clergy, seminarians, school faculties, businesses, athletic teams and hospital staffs. Mike lives in Lafayette, LA, with his wife, Marlene, and his daughter, Megan.

Additional Webinar Opportunities

Self Care for Healthy Ministry: A Free Webinar Series

The Catholic Apostolate Center and SLIconnect, a ministry of St. Luke Institute, are offering a free webinar series on self-care, stress management, and personal resilience to support healthy, sustainable ministry. It is important that pastoral leaders in youth and young adult ministries take care of themselves and their personal and spiritual well-being. More information, including registration details for each session, can be found at the following links.

Grace Under Pressure: Increasing Your Stress Tolerance

August 28, 1:00-2:00pm ET

Emily Cash, Psy.D.

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