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Summit reflection video for The Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time with Joel Stepanek.
Covecrest is more than a retreat center and summer camp. Covecrest is a community of Catholics committed to transforming teens, transforming parishes, and transforming culture. Will you join us?
Hidden Lake is home to an incredible Catholic community, gorgeous views, welcoming meeting spaces and so much more. Dedicated to leading teens closer to Christ, we hope you'll be welcomed home to Hidden Lake soon.
Edge helps middle schoolers unleash who they were created to be, in Christ.
Life Teen strengthens our teens' Catholic identity, while rooting them firmly in Christ and in His Church.
Through powerful Eucharistic encounters and engaging catechesis, our Edge (middle school) and Life Teen (high school) teens are immersed in a dynamically Catholic parish culture. With the parish as their true home, our teens are then further strengthened by our Summer Camps, Events, Resources, and Digital (web and social media) evangelization. Our goal is not only to equip parishes worldwide with timely, high quality resources to train Catechists and “reach” today’s teens, but also to create an environment where Catholic teenagers feel supported and engaged the other 167 hours a week, outside of Sunday Mass.
Three times a year, parishes implementing Edge and Life Teen receive a mailing so full of Catholic greatness that you’ll think Christmas came early. Each mailing equips our leaders in the field with resources designed to break through this screen-based culture and reclaim hearts for Jesus Christ.
Our Curriculum Guides contain teachings, small group questions, powerful prayer experiences, ideas for icebreakers and environments and everything else you need to create life-changing catechetical experiences with your teens. Our Liturgy Planning Guides help musicians choose music, assist liturgists train teen lectors and ministers, and aide Father in “connecting” with modern teenagers during his homily; Life Teen has all your bases covered.
Edge and Life Teen mailings also include video and written Catechist training elements, the latest CDs from Christian music artists, ancillary DVDs to bring your nights to “life,” annual retreats for teens and for Core Teams, full outlines with ideas for Social Nights and “hot topic” issue nights and a whole lot more! Put simply, there’s no need for you to reinvent the catechetical wheel… let us do the heavy lifting of planning for you.
Check out how many parishes around the world are part of the Life Teen family!
Imagine if your Youth Ministry Staff was bigger. Consider “how much” you could get done and “how many” teens you could reach if you just had more bodies to help you. Those dreams are realized with our Parish Outreach Team that is here to serve you in a variety of ways. You can call and talk to our Staff Members who are always happy to pray with you, walk with you, and guide you through the often lonely and challenging waters of youth ministry in a parish setting. In addition to our full-time Life Teen Staff, our Parish Outreach Team includes over two dozen Area Contacts around the country – actual Youth Ministers in the field who are actively serving in parishes and also available to talk, train, guide, and network within your geographical region.
Life Teen offers both Training and Retreat opportunities across the globe and throughout the year. Whether you just need to “get away” for your own spiritual renewal or you are looking to bring your entire Core Team for in-depth and comprehensive training in Catholic Youth Ministry, we’ve got you covered. Check out our Calendar of Events and find a national or international training event that fits your schedule, budget, and parish’s needs. And thanks to the generosity of anonymous donors, priests who are new to Life Teen can attend one of our annual Training Conferences at no cost. Find out more about our Shepherd’s Scholarship!
We know that a weekend event or week-long camp or conference is no substitute for ongoing formation (and transformation) on a parish level; that being said, our events for teens can take your parish ministries to a whole new level. Our annual Life Teen Leadership Conference prepares your upperclass teenagers to lead not only their peers, but your parish. Our fall Inspiration youth rallies combine Mass, praise and gospel truth with an exhilarating day of fun and fellowship. Finally, Life Teen hosts six summer Steubenville Youth Conferences (East, West, Atlanta, NYC, Lone Star & NorCal) with the same great programming you’ve come to expect but with the quality and hospitality that are trademarks of the Life Teen movement. Bring your teens to any event and watch the Holy Spirit change the face of your youth program.
If you prefer a boring summer, you might want to skip this section entirely. Our Edge and Life Teen Summer Camps aren’t just fun, they’re so much fun you’ll almost wonder how they’re so Catholic. The ropes courses and messy games, the water slides and mud pits, the bonfires and gaga pits… they create an engaging and energetic backdrop to the main events: daily Mass, adoration, Confession, praise, Bible study, and dynamic sessions that speak to the heart and rattle the soul. Sign up at your own risk; camp has been proven to transform not just campers, but their families and parishes, too.
This summer, Life Teen is hosting 24 weeks of summer camp in Georgia, California, and Haiti. Close to 5,000 teens will experience the #BestCampEver and next year, we hope to have even more join us.
What are you waiting for? You don’t want to miss this! Find more information on Life Teen Summer Camps here!
Nestled among the mountains of northern Georgia, Life Teen Camp Covecrest is truly holy ground. Anyone who has visited Covecrest and has experienced the amazing hospitality of the Staff and Missionaries that serve there knows how truly blessed the Camp is, not only during summer camps but throughout the entire year. If you’re looking for an ideal place to take your teens on retreat, your Core for planning, or yourself to getaway, contact our Covecrest Staff and let us serve you. See more of Covecrest here!
Only about an hour north of Atlanta, Camp Hidden Lake is a sprawling retreat center and camp in Dahlonega, Georgia. Purchased in the fall of 2014, Hidden Lake has everything you need and more for an incredible retreat experience. The scenic lake, wide-open fields, multi-purpose gym, gorgeous chapel, radical hospitality and welcoming staff make this a place you’ll never want to leave. Dahlonega’s best kept secret, Hidden Lake is ready to welcome you home! See more of Hidden Lake here!
Our Holy Father (actually, our last three Holy Fathers, unanimously) reminded us that our Baptism calls us and empowers us for a mission. We are all missionaries not only within the New Evangelization, but missionaries with the gospel. Life Teen Missions provides multiple opportunities for young adults to rise up into their faith and answer the missionary call in a bold and intensive way. From mission trips to Haiti, summer missions, and full-time missions, the call is yours to answer. Missionaries are formed through community, outreach, service, and prayer. Whether visiting the poor in Haiti, serving on summer staff at one of Life Teen’s many summer camps, or giving a year of your life to proclaim that Jesus is Lord, Life Teen Missions is ready. See more about Life Teen Missions here.
Looking for the daily readings? In need of a blog to explain the ins and outs of various Catholic teachings? Want a way to share Christ’s Light on Facebook or possibly a concise truth bomb you can retweet on Twitter? We’ve got you covered. Our websites serve the needs of both teens and adults, and our social media outreach will bring everyone in your timeline closer to God with every scroll, like and share.
We are Catholic and we are proud of it. Our Life Teen Staff creates 100% Catholic resources for every age and for all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re looking for a stellar new t-shirt to proclaim your hipness and Catholic greatness, a book to help you learn about or explain the faith, or other resources to bless your home, parish, or prayer life, shop.lifeteen.com is a one-stop shop for all your evangelization needs.