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Life Teen

Local Training to Inspire Youth Ministry Leaders.

Local Training. Big Impact.

Empower is a training for youth ministers and Core Members in the best practices in youth ministry (small groups, relational ministry, Edge / Life Nights, etc.). Our goal remains simple: to help parishes lead teens closer to Christ.


A full day of great training, networking, and prayer.

Thursday May 01, 2014

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Arrival and Registration

Grab a coffee and meet a new friend!
9:00 am - 9:30 am


Share the goals of the day and who will be leading your Empower.
9:30 am - 10:00 am

KEYNOTE #1: Inspire[d]

10:00 am - 11:00 am


Three Tracks: Foundational, Veteran, and Youth Minister
11:00 am - 12:00 am


The best part of the day!
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


The second best part of the day!
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Praise and Worship

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Keynote 2: Inspire[d] Evangelization

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

15 Min Break

Talk to a new friend!
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Breakout Session #2

Three Tracks: Foundational, Veteran, and Youth Minister
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Core Prayer Time

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Praise and Worship

4:30 pm


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My favorite part of Empower is the closing intercessory prayer and worship in parish groups. Our Empower was the first time where all us involved in youth ministry in our Archdiocese had been together and prayed for each other instead of just talking about plans, events coming up, best practices, etc. Empower got to the core of what our ministry is all about: leading us all closer to Christ.

W. Joseph Dunbar
Diocescan Director of Youth Ministry

Archdiocese of Mobile

My favorite part of Empower is the prayer! The Mass allowed the presence of Jesus to fill us and truly “empower us” in the Spirit. The closing prayer time with the teams allows the Holy Spirit to seal the blessings and fruits of the day. Empower helped to give me the enthusiasm and focus I needed for the year. 

Elizabeth Riordan
Diocesan Director of Youth Ministry

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

I like that Empower trainings aren’t just focused on training, they have a spiritual element. Having at least one keynote that is more motivational than just the practical of the breakouts is excellent. Empower helps hook my parish/Core Team more into the Life Teen movement. It’s great to give them another voice saying what I could otherwise tell them (or we could read or watch a video). It is great to have multiple parishes coming together for the event with the same passion for teens and leading them closer to Christ. 

Chris Epplett

My favorite part of Empower was coming together as a Core team to be trained. I love having our Core hear these training tips from someone other than myself! (even if I’ve told them, it encourages my Core having it be from someone else!) Empower really pumps them up for the school year and gives them ideas of reaching teens and being a better Core member. It also helps all of us to figure out where we are in “a rut” to get out of it!

Mandi Whittaker

Besides being together as a team, Empower gives me an opportunity to share ideas with other Core and youth ministers. It was also an opportunity to focus on praying together, learning, and the how we can better reach our teens.  You get pumped up for the new semester for sure!

Liz Cotrupi
Diocesan Director of Youth Ministry

Diocese of Worcester

My favorite part of the Empower trainings are the breakout sessions. This gives new Core Members the chance to learn more about the foundational aspects of youth ministry and Life Teen. It also gives veteran Core Members a chance to learn something new or go deeper. The biggest impact of Empower trainings for our Core Team has been the closing portion of the day spent in prayer lifting up each others prayer intentions. It reinforces that our prayer time together is essential to our ministry.  

Monica Harness

My favorite part of Empower Training is the opportunity to retreat away with the Core Team, to pray together and to reconnect with each other. Yes, its a wonderful time to brainstorm about Life Teen and pray for our teens, but more importantly, it gives us a day to refocus on our call to be children of God and to be in community with each other as a Core. Empower trainings have been a wonderful time to introduce new Core Members to the mission of Life Teen, as well as to challenge veteran Core Members to grow deeper in their own faith and service to God and the Church. 

Brittany Taylor

I have attended two Empower trainings and my favorite part is always meeting other youth ministers and hearing their stories in ministry—both cries for help and glory stories. The time spent together in prayer and worship is also a great witness to YM’s who may not have praise and worship at their parish or may feel all alone in their work with bringing teens closer to Christ. Life Teen does a great job of “living” what our Catholic faith can look like—joy-filled, spirit-led, obedient and Eucharist centered. It doesn’t look like that in a lot of places, including my own church, so having those experiences worshipping together at Empower are my favorite and really important to helping us go back out to the mission field.

Mandy Bell

My favorite part of Empower trainings are the networking. I am not usually one who is all about the sharing of ideas and brainstorming the practicals of ministry, but I do find that I am energized by this at Empowers. Also, the closing session with parish time and allowing the Core Team and catechists to share in brainstorming and evaluating our parish youth ministry in a setting that is desirable has born fruit for us. First, I think the whole day of training and prayer leads them to have fresh ideas in their head and it is non-threatening for them to share. Things they wouldn’t have said in the past comes out at this moment. I find these moments to be very rich for our Core’s development and team bonding. 

Mark Hollcraft

My favorite part of Empower trainings is the opportunity to go deeper, and not fall to the subtle temptation of allowing parish youth ministry to become ‘routinized’. Our parish youth ministry gets to learn together, and get a “tune up” with how we are approaching our ministry, and at times have the humility to recognize that our focus had drifted in providing the best options for the teens and middle-schoolers whom we serve.

John MacMullen
Diocesan Director of Youth Ministry
Archdiocese of Toronto

My favorite part of Empower are the quality of a Life Teen training is not diminished even though it’s on a smaller scale. In fact, it seems to have more impact in thrusting forward local parishes in a diocese with bold, courageous, and impactful youth ministry practices and prayer. We use Empower help unite others in vision and mission of youth ministry.

Andrew Brown

Registration Info


  • Cost: $80/$70 (if registered at least 10 days prior to the event)
  • Youth ministers attend for free!  Please note this special discount is limited to one Life Teen youth minister and one Edge youth minister per parish.
  • Priests attend for free!

Walk-In Registrations

Reserve space for your group by registering ahead of time! Walk-in registrations will be accepted at the door the day of the Empower if space is still available. If you register at the door, please be prepared to fill out a registration form, participant agreement form, and submit payment for $80/person via cash, check, or credit card.

Cancellation/Payment Policies

  • All payments are due prior to the start of the event.
  • Cancellation 30 days or more before the event will result in a full refund.
  • Cancellation 7-30 days before the event will incur a $10 cancellation fee.
  • Cancellation less than 7 days before the event is non-refundable. If you have not yet paid, you will still be held responsible for payment. No shows will be held responsible for payment in full.


Empower Houston

September 20, 2014

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

St. Anthony of Padua
7801 Bay Branch Dr
The Woodlands, Texas 77382

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Empower Wisconsin

September 27, 2014

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Diocese of Green Bay Campus
1825 Riverside Dr
Allouez, Wisconsin 54305

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Empower San Antonio

September 13, 2014

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

St. Peter the Apostle
202 W Kronkosky St
Boerne, TX 78006

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Empower Minnesota

August 23, 2014

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

St. Joseph
218 10th S. Street
Moorhead, Minnesota 56560

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Empower Oakland

August 16, 2014

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

St. Joan of Arc
2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd
San Ramon, California 94583

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Empower Phoenix

August 23, 2013

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

St. Patrick
10815 N 84th Street
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260

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Empower Huntington Beach

September 6, 2014

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

St. Vincent de Paul
8345 Talbert Ave
Huntington Beach, California 92646

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Empower Oregon

September 20, 2014

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Our Lady of the Lake
650 A Ave
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034

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Empower New Mexico

October 4, 2014

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

St. Thomas Aquinas
1594 Sara Rd SE
Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124

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