Catholic Youth Ministry Training Convention

June 8 - 11 in Scottsdale, Arizona

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Life Teen’s Catholic Youth Ministry Training Convention has become America’s premier event for everyone involved in parish youth ministry. Why? Maybe it’s because we are different. We believe in practical, comprehensive youth ministry training. But we don’t think that’s enough. That’s why we incorporate elements of a spiritual retreat into the training convention. Because youth ministry isn’t about what you know, it’s Who you know.

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Experience Real Community

The Catholic Youth Ministry Training Convention provides a beautiful mix of practical, comprehensive training and spiritual renewal. There will be over 60 creative sessions to choose from, led by some of the best youth leaders around. Daily Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, Reconciliation, praise and worship, and prayer time will be incorporated throughout the convention. By the end, youth leaders will leave knowing they are not alone, but a part of a greater community that is ready to help and support them.

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Training for Everyone

From humble beginnings many years ago, the Catholic Youth Ministry Training Convention has grown and evolved over the years, just as the Life Teen movement has been strengthened through God’s guidance.

However, our charge remains the same: equip adults to lead teens closer to Christ. So whether you are a priest, a high school youth minister, a middle school youth minister, a DRE, a core member, campus minister, or an interested parent, we are ready to serve and train you.

"If you want to see a revolution around you, let God work a revolution in you." #cymc

@FatherParks

Keynote Speakers

Experience some of the best evangelists in the Church today.

Dr. Scott Hahn

Founder – St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology
Professor of Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville

@DrScottHahn

Leah Darrow

Catholic Speaker/Author, Former Model

@LeahDarrow

Bob Rice

Professor of Catechetics, Franciscan University of Steubenville

@TheRealBobRice

Robert Feduccia

General Manager – SpiritAndSong.com (Oregon Catholic Press)

@RobertFeduccia

Lino Ruli

Radio Personality, Author, Host of The Catholic Guy – SiriusXM’s The Catholic Channel

@LinoRulli

Bishop James S. Wall

Diocese of Gallup

@BishopWall

Bishop Michael C. Barber, S.J.

Diocese of Oakland

Bishop Pierre-Andre Dumas

Diocese of Anse-a-Veau et Miragoane, Haiti

"When we receive the Eucharist, we leave as fire-breathing lions terrifying the devil." #CYMC

Fr. Mike Schmitz

Life Teen Staff Speakers

Our passionate staff is here to train you in today's most effective youth ministry, catechetical, and evangelistic methods.

Randy Raus

Mark Hart

Steve Allgeyer

Tricia Tembreull

Joel Stepanek

David Calavitta

Stephen Lenahan

Joe Chernowski

Christina Mead

Ryan Miller

Katie Gray

Katie Heller

"It's a family reunion here at #cymc !!! I can hardly walk 10 feet without seeing a brother or sister in Christ who I love!!"

Jackie Francois @jackiefrancois

Worship Leaders

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Ike Ndolo

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Emily Wilson

Schedule

Incredible Keynotes

Practical Training

Sacramental Grace

Real Community

Inspiring Prayer

Rest and Relaxation

Sunday June 08, 2014

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Registration for Early Bird Session

1. First-timer Track
2. Veteran Drop-in
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Early Bird Sessions

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Registration and Hotel Check in

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

General Session #1

Eucharist Centered Youth Ministry
Putting the 'New" in Evangelization
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Mass

5:30 - 7:10 pm

Dinner

7:15 pm - 8:45 pm

Inspire[d] Life Night

Monday June 09, 2014

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Kickstart Sessions Day One

  • #Hasing Out Your Youth Ministry: Utilizing Social Media to Spread the Word
  • Real Relationships in a Fake World: Basics of Relational Ministry
  • The Word Becomes Flesh: Moving from Bible Study to Bible Living
  • Transformers: Dynamic Environments
  • From Zzzz to CCC: Better Utilizing the Catechims with your Core Team
  • Passing the Baton: Teen Involvement in Liturgy
  • Mi papá es latino!: Life Teen in Spanish-speaking communities
  • In the Trenches: Life Teen with military teens
9:00 am - 9:15 am

Liturgy of the Hours - Morning Prayer

9:15 am - 10:30 am

General Session #1

S'more Lessons from Summer Camp
Forming Young Missionary Hearts
5 Dysfunctions of a Core Team
Fighting Spiritual Battles
10:45 am - 11:45 am

Mass

11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Lunch

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

General Session #3

Inspire[d] Living - Leah Darrow
Consuming the Word: The Bible, The Eucharist, and the New Evangelization - Dr. Scott Hahn
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Breakout Sessions #1

  • Just Duet: Calling Teens to Worship in Different Settings
  • The Framework: Gather, Proclaim, Break, Send
  • Wise Dog, New Tricks: Ongoing Core Training
  • Something Out of Nothing: Creating a Youth Ministry Budget
  • Mayday! Mayday!: Recognizing Red Flags in Youth Ministry
  • MASSive Evangelization: Liturgy and Vision
  • This Missionary Life: What LT Missions is and does
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Breakout Sessions #2

  • Talking Like Your Mother: Introducing Teens to the Catechism
  • Read Between the Lines: Creating and Leading Bible Studies
  • Less Isn’t More: Effectively Marketing Your Ministry
  • Who’s in Charge Here?: How to Run a Meeting
  • You Are the Vine…: Making Videos
  • 10 Questions You Should Ask Yourself: Assessing the Health of your Ministry
  • Spread Thin: Multirole Youth Minister
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Dinner

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

General Session #4

Avoiding the Traps in Ministry
Inspire[d] Testimony
Reconciliation and Prayer Time

Tuesday June 10, 2014

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Kickstart Sessions Day Two

  • No Limits, Know Limits: Presenting to Teens
  • Prepare the Way: Semester Planning – Life Teen
  • Kerygmatic and Other Big Words: Making your Youth Ministry more Missionary
  • The Walking Dead: Reaching the Hard to Reach
  • Pledging the Faith: Equipping Your Teens for College
  • Ahead of the Game: Semester Planning – Edge
  • Spreading the GIRM: Understanding the GIRM documents
9:00 am - 9:30 am

Liturgy of the Hours - Morning Prayer

9:30 am - 10:45 am

General Session #5

A Reading from the Book of Cliffnotes: Homilies that Engage Teens
Holy Inspiration! Letter and Spirit - The Relationship between the Bible and the Liturgy - Dr. Scott Hahn
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mass

1:45 pm - 2:45

Breakout Sessions #3

  • Same Love, Same Church: Gay Marriage / Same-sex attraction
  • Better than Buzzfeed: 10 Scripture stories Teens should know
  • Every Frodo Needs a Sam: Finding Core Members
  • Retreading the Tires: Reusing Old Resources
  • Setting Up Father for Success: Working with your priests
  • The Voice: Handling Middle “Changes”
  • The Catholic Guy Show – Broadcast LIVE on SiriusXM! – with Lino Ruli
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Breakout Sessions #4

  • Empty Logic: Debunking the New Atheism
  • Ministry in HD: ProPresenter and Other Techs
  • Divine Management: Small Group Leadership
  • Status Update: Single in Ministry
  • Modern Family: Married in Ministry
  • Catholic Social Teaching: Making Good Disciples, Not Just Good Citizens
  • The Catholic Guy Show – Broadcast LIVE on SiriusXM! – with Lino Ruli
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Dinner

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

General Session #6

XLT (Praise, Preaching, and Adoration)

Wednesday June 11, 2014

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Breakout Sessions #5

  • Greeks vs Romans: College Life
  • For the Fun of It: Fundraising
  • Confirmation 101: One Eight
  • Theology Does the Body Good: Unpacking Theology of the Body
  • Mr. Miyagi Theory: Discipleship – Guys vs. Girls
  • More Mary, Less Martha: Planning Retreats
  • Fresh-Fish: Transition from Edge to Life Teen
  • Why Wait?: Signing up for Edge / Life Teen
8:45 - 9:00 am

Liturgy of the Hours - Morning Prayer

9:00 am - 10:20 am

Mass

10:35 - 11:30 am

General Session #7

#Winning: 5 Things Every Successful Youth Minister Does
Don't Cry for Me...: 5 Lessons from Pope Francis about Youth
Upon this Rock: Building a Youth Ministry that Endures

“I’VE NEVER MET A GROUP OF PEOPLE MORE SUPPORTIVE OF PRIESTS. BESIDES LEARNING MORE ABOUT YOUTH MINISTRY, I ALWAYS LEAVE LIFE TEEN EVENTS SPIRITUALLY REFRESHED AND CONFIRMED IN MY MINISTRY AS A PRIEST.”

Fr. Nathan March, Diocese of Portland, ME

Priest Scholarships

Priests attend Life Teen training for FREE because we believe priests are essential for effective youth ministry.

Generous donors have made it possible for any priest to attend any of our Life Teen events for free. If you’ve never been to a Life Teen event, we’ll cover your flight, hotel, and conference registration. If you’ve attended one of our events and would like to come back, we’ll cover the cost of your conference registration. Let us know how we can help you. Contact Jon Givens at jgivens@lifeteen.com or call 480-820-7001.

Brotherhood

Connect with fellow priests who share a passion for their vocation and for serving the young Church.

Spiritual Renewal

Each of our conferences is anchored with prayer. For over two decades, people return to our training conferences because the retreat-like setting.

Success

Youth ministry doesn’t have to be hard. Our staff, resources, and training sessions will help your parish community grow by first investing in youth ministry.

DOUBLETREE PARADISE VALLEY RESORT

The luxurious DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona is the perfect destination to relax, enjoy the sun, and be cared for during your time at the Catholic Youth Ministry Training Convention. Thousands of participants have left glowing reviews of one of Arizona’s premier resort facilities. And they give you a warm delicious cookie when you check in, too!

Basic Info

Arrival/Departure Times 

The convention officially begins at 2:00pm on Sunday, June 8th.  There are optional early bird sessions for newbies & veterans starting at 9:00am on Sunday morning.  You must register for these when you register for Convention.  There is no additional cost for the early bird sessions.  The convention ends at 12:00pm on Wednesday, June 11th.

Airport Information:

The closest airport and the one we recommend you fly into is the Phoenix Sky Harbor International airport (PHX).  It is approximately 20-30 minutes from the Convention site.  We do not provide transportation to or from the airport to the Convention site.

Hotel Information

This year’s Convention is going to be the best and biggest yet!  So many amazing people are going to be there that our room blocks at both the DoubleTree and the Chaparral have sold out, but no worries…we’ve got you covered!  Rooms can now be booked at the nearby Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites, 6160 N Scottsdale Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 for a discounted rate of $78/night.  Please call the Cottonwoods Resort directly at 1-480-991-1414 or by clicking this link to book your accommodations.  If you call, be sure to mention that you are with the Life Teen Training Convention to receive the discounted rate.  A free shuttle will be provided between the Cottonwoods Resort and the DoubleTree Resort so you won’t miss any of the excitement!

Frequently Asked Questions

We've got most of your questions answered below. You can always contact us if you can't find what you're looking for.

WHAT DOES MY CONVENTION FEE INCLUDE?

Your convention fee includes all sessions, breakouts, and materials. In addition, Sunday dinner, Monday lunch and dinner, and Tuesday lunch and dinner are included. Guests are responsible for booking their own hotel rooms.

WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE A FOOD ALLERGY?

If you have a food allergy we need to be aware of (vegetarian, lactose intolerant, wheat/peanut allergy, etc.), please let us know. There is a section that allows you to share this information with us during the online registration process. We always do our very best to accommodate your needs; however, it never hurts to bring some snacks just in case.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE? HOW SHOULD I DRESS?

Phoenix is very warm during the summer. Dress to be casual and comfortable. The main room/breakout rooms can get chilly so bring a sweater or sweatshirt just in case. There is a pool at the resort so bring your bathing suit!

I AM A PRIEST AND I WOULD LIKE TO CONCELEBRATE MASS. WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME?

We would love for you to concelebrate! We ask that you please bring your own vestments as we cannot promise that we will have enough or the correct size.

I AM FLYING INTO PHOENIX SKY HARBOR AIRPORT BUT I AM NOT RENTING A CAR. DO YOU PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION?

Life Teen does not provide transportation for the Convention. We do recommend Super Shuttle as a good option from the airport to the resort. They usually run about $.75 per mile per person.

I CALLED THE RESORT AND THE RESERVATIONS LINE TOLD ME THERE IS NOT A “LIFE TEEN CONFERENCE” LISTED THERE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

The Doubletree Resort hosts numerous events throughout the year and sometimes the person on the phone may not be aware of our conference. It may be a simple mistake in relaying the proper information to you. One recommendation is to hang up and call back to speak with a different person. If the problem continues, give us a call at the Life Teen office: 404-252-8815

ARE YOU GOING TO SELL USB DRIVES AT THE CONVENTION? WHAT IS ON THEM?

Yes, we will have USB drives for sale at the conference. They will contain the keynote talks, the breakout talks, and all handouts. The USB drive will not contain music that is played at the conference (we cannot record and distribute music for copyright reasons). In the registration process, you will have an option to pre-order a USB. You can also buy one on site. If you are unable to stay for the entire convention, an option to mail the USB to your house will available for an additional $5. Please note, the USB will contain all materials from Sunday-Tuesday. The Wednesday materials will be available online through a link you receive once you purchase the USB.

I AM COMING TO THE CONFERENCE AND WANT TO BRING MY SPOUSE / KIDS. CAN I DO THAT?

Yes, you are more than welcome to bring your families. If you would like them to join us for meals, you can purchase a “Meal Plan” when you register that will allow them to do so.

WILL THE LIFE TEEN STORE HAVE RESOURCES FOR ME TO BUY?

Yes, the Life Teen store will have many options for you to choose from. And, if we do not have a particular resource there for you to purchase, you can always order it online!

I HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS. HOW CAN I GET THEM ANSWERED?

We are here to help you! Contact the Events Team at 404-252-8815 and ask for Stephen Lenahan, Events Director . You can also email Stephen at slenahan@lifeteen.com

Register Now

Registration opens Monday, January 13 at 10:00 am Eastern. We expect to fill-up very quickly so make sure to register and reserve your hotel room soon.

Location

DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort
5401 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
United States

Pricing / Paperwork

$475 / person

Have a question? Contact us!

You can always contact our events team with any questions regarding the Catholic Youth Ministry Training Convention.

Stephen Lenahan: Director of Events
slenahan@lifeteen.com

Sarah Houde: Assistant Director of Events
shoude@lifeteen.com