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JUNE 10 - 13, 2018 // SCOTTSDALE, AZ
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.
With over 30 years of experience, Life Teen's Catholic Youth Ministry Training Convention has become one of America's premier events for everyone involved in parish youth ministry. As a collaborative member of NFCYM, we believe in practical, comprehensive youth ministry training. That's why we incorporate elements of a spiritual retreat into the training convention. Because youth ministry isn't only about what you know, but Who you know.
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 other times of prayer 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.
Registration for the 2018 Catholic Youth Ministry Training Convention is now open!
Year after year, the Catholic Youth Ministry Training Convention brings in the best and brightest Catholic speakers and artists to help you grow in your faith. With inspirational, experienced speakers taking the stage every day, you can expect to be blown away by this year's keynote presentations.
Featuring 50+ breakout sessions, Life Teen's Catholic Youth Ministry Training Convention is here to help you cover all the bases of youth ministry. Whether it's utilizing the latest technology at your parish, improving your small group skills or making the most of your budget, our breakout sessions are practical, relevant, and designed to help you lead teens closer to Christ.
The sacraments are the foundation of the Catholic Youth Ministry Training Convention. Come be immersed in prayer through Mass, adoration, and confession. Your ministry starts with your own relationship with God, and we are committed to helping you take a deep breath and dive in to your faith and ministry.
The Convention is held at the:
DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort
5401 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
The closest airport is the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).
Don’t wait to register! The earlier you register, the more you save!
$540 Super Early Bird // Register by Mar. 15
$560 Early Bird // Register by Apr. 15
$580 Regular Rate // Apr. 15 Onward
Registration fee includes all sessions, breakouts, materials, Sunday dinner, Monday lunch & dinner, and Tuesday lunch & dinner. Guests are responsible for booking their own hotel rooms. See below for hotel information.
All participants must fill out this participant agreement form and bring it with them to the event.
All registration fees must be paid no later than 30 days prior to the event. Payment can be made by check or credit card.
Checks should be made out to Life Teen and mailed to:
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!
Rooms are available at the DoubleTree at a discounted rate of $79/night. You must contact the resort directly at 480-947-5400 to book your room or online by clicking here. When you call, mention that you are with the Life Teen conference to receive the discounted rate. Rooms at this rate are limited so call to book yours soon! (The Convention will be held at this location.) THIS HOTEL IS SOLD OUT.
EMBASSY SUITES SCOTTSDALE
If the Life Teen room block at the DoubleTree is sold out, no worries…we’ve got you covered! Additional rooms can be booked at the nearby Embassy Suites Scottsdale, 5001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85250 for a discounted rate of $89/night – including breakfast! Please call the Embassy Suites directly at 800-528-1456 to book your accommodations and be sure to mention that you are with the Life Teen Convention to receive the discounted rate or click this link to book online. A free shuttle will be provided between the Embassy Suites and the DoubleTree Resort so you won’t miss any of the excitement!
Generous donors have made it possible for all priests to attend any Life Teen event for free. Simply indicate you are a priest when you register and your registration fee will be waived. If you’re a priest and you’ve never been to a Life Teen event before, we will also cover your flight and hotel expenses! To receive this portion of the scholarship, please register online for the conference and then submit this Shepherd’s Scholarship application form along with your airfare and hotel receipts to email@example.com. If you have questions regarding the Shepherd’s Scholarship, please contact Leanne Bergsieker at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-809-3902 ext. 231.
Connect with fellow priests who share a passion for their vocation and for serving the young Church.
Each of our conferences is anchored with prayer. For decades, priests have been returning to our training conferences for the retreat-like setting it provides them.
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.
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.
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.
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!
We would love for you to concelebrate! We ask that you please bring your own vestments (alb & stole).
Convention officially begins at 2:00pm on Sunday and ends at noon on Wednesday. The Phoenix airport is less than 30 minutes drive from the Convention site.
Life Teen does not provide transportation for the Convention. We do recommend Super Shuttle as a good option from the airport to the resort. Uber and Lyft are also great options for getting around Scottsdale/Phoenix but be sure to get a rate quote.
Yes, the Life Teen Store will have many options for you to choose from. And, if we do not have a particular resource on site for you to purchase, we will be happy to help you order it online!
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: 800-809-3902.
Yes, we will have a digital audio download of all keynote and breakout talks for sale at the conference. The digital download 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 the digital download. You can also purchase the download on site. Digital talk downloads cannot be ordered after the event ends, so be sure to pre-order yours or order it on site! Cost is $40.
Yes, you are more than welcome to bring your families! If they would like to join you for meals, you can purchase an Additional Meal Plan for each of them when you register. The meal plan cost $150/person. While conference sessions are for registered participants only, family members are welcome to attend Mass with you each day.
We have a limited amount of scholarship money available for youth ministers only. Unfortunately we do not have funds available for core members. If you are in great need of financial assistance, please download this scholarship application and submit it. Priests should see the Shepherd’s Scholarship info further up this webpage.
We are here to help you! You can always contact the Events Team with any questions you may have.
Sarah Houde, Director of Events
email@example.com, 800-809-3902 ext. 201
Leanne Bergsieker, Events Registration Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org, 800-809-3902 ext. 231