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Summit reflection video for All Saints Day 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.
Realizing the limits of many social and safety guidelines, we know one area that might be affected is retreat ministry. Though the typical retreat experience might not be possible, we still believe it’s worth the effort to create something reminiscent of these powerful opportunities to encounter Jesus. This fall we want to partner with you to create a moment of encounter for your teens through Vision, a virtual retreat focused on seeing Jesus in the midst of life’s journey.
The Youth Minister’s Retreat is designed to help you renew your personal walk with Christ, connect with fellow youth ministers, and spend time in the beauty of God’s creation this fall at Camp Hidden Lake in Dahlonega, Georgia. You can expect to experience engaging talks, encounter God through the sacraments, and have time for personal and communal prayer. All youth ministers – both full time and volunteer – are invited and encouraged to attend.
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Youth ministry often comes with a lot of baggage: youth ministry turnover, pastor change, Core Team (adult volunteers) drama, or two to three parishes clustering together. Some parishes have never before had a youth ministry program and are overwhelmed at all that needs to be done to begin.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a youth ministry parish trainer come in and create a personalized plan for your youth ministry program? Someone who can help you build a strong foundation with a clear youth ministry vision and Core training program.
Life Teen has made this possible with our new Life Teen Parish Training for both Life Teen and Edge. Whether you want to take your Core Team on a weekend retreat or sit down with parish staff to create a youth ministry vision or you need to train your Core Team, we can help.
What makes Life Teen Parish Training different from our major conferences is that it is specific to your parish. Recently, we trained and certified over 28 Life Teen Area Contacts who are veterans in the Youth Ministry field as Life Teen Certified Trainers. In addition, we created a Parish Assessment Tool that will allow our Parish Support Team to identify your parish’s specific training needs.
Once the Parish Assessment has been completed and sent, a Certified Trainer, who ministers in a parish setting similar to yours, will be selected to come and train your parish. We will match your parish needs to the Certified Trainer best skilled to serve your parish community.
This is where the fun begins as you and your Certified Trainer work together to create a customized training schedule for your Parish Training. Together, you and your Certified Trainer will create a training schedule that will target the areas you need to address to build a solid ministry foundation at your parish. You will get the opportunity to select from over 38 training breakouts that range from creating a parish vision to presenting to teens and can even include a one or two-day Core Team Retreat. The options are endless.
Once the customized training schedule has been created, it’s time for our trainers to get on a plane and head your way to train your staff and/or Core Team. Parish Training promises to engage, spiritually inspire, and empower your parish youth ministry team to lead teens closer to Christ and build up areas in your ministry that need to strengthen.
We know, just like any workout program, you need someone holding you accountable for the goals you have set. Once your training has been completed, your Certified Trainer and the Parish Support Team will continue to check in on you and track your parish’s progress.
To request a Life Teen Parish Training at your parish, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we receive your request, we will work directly with you to schedule the training date(s), provide you with the Parish Assessment and assign your Certified Trainer.
Parishes will have the option for a one-day 8 hour trainings or can customize to fit the needs of their parish by creating a shorter or longer training.
Life Teen will handle all stipends for the Certified Trainer so your parish does not have to handle the tax documentation.
These expenses listed are the required and/or possible accommodations that will need to be provided for the Certified Trainer.
The benefits of Parish Training are that the training is completely customizable to your parish needs and can take place anytime throughout the year. We begin the training with a parish assessment prior to a schedule being created and a Certified Trainer being selected. This helps us narrow in on what needs to be covered in the training. From there we create a training schedule with you and your ministry leaders that is exactly what your parish needs and desires. Finally, a Certified Trainer that faces similar ministry challenges and situation specific to your location.
The trainers are Life Teen Area Contacts who have participated in a weeklong Certified Training Program developed by Life Teen. All Certified Trainers have worked in the field of youth ministry for over 5 years, many with over 10 years of experience. They bring to the table various ministry experiences and skills that make them effective and powerful trainers. The Parish Support Team will match a Certified Trainer that faces similar ministry challenges and situation specific to your location. Each parish will be provided a Curriculum Vitae, photo, and bio for the selected Certified Trainer to help promote the training as well as understand the ministry experience the trainer brings to your parish.
Your Parish Training fee includes the Certified Trainer’s stipend, a customized Parish Training schedule, and necessary training materials. The fee does not include the Certified trainer’s flight, transportation to and from the airport, food and hotel. Parishes are responsible for flight, transportation, hotel, and food for the Life Teen Certified Trainer. Flight and hotel will need to be booked by the parish and paid for by the parish in advance. There will be no reimbursing the trainer or Life Teen for flights or hotels.
Life Teen has prepared over 30 breakouts presentations that can be customized into a training for your parish team and/or your Core Team. We have broken them into 3 categories:
In addition, we have a variety of Core Retreats that a Certified Trainer can present for your parish in the case you are looking for a spiritual aspect as part of your Core or staff formation.
We are here to help you! Contact the Parish Support Team using the Live Chat feature at lifeteen.com/cym or email email@example.com