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Serving in Dioceses, Parishes, Schools, and Other Settings

OnCourse Webinar Series

The webinars provide participants with new tools and ideas to chart a course through Catholic youth ministry and may be used to acquire competence in many of the National Certification Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministers.

OnCourse Webinars are provided at no cost to NFCYM member organizations and individuals.


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  • Webinars are archived for participants to view.
Date Upcoming Webinar Topics and Presenters
March 14, 2017
2:00 PM ET


Revising the Vision: The Future of Catholic Youth Ministry in the U.S. - Presented by Dr. Bob Rice

In 1997, Renewing the Vision was published—a ground breaking document that had an international impact and provided those who do ministry with youth a unified vision and language. Dr. Bob Rice analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of that publication in the light of the history of Catholic youth ministry in the US and recent Church documents regarding youth and evangelization so as to propose how Renewing might not only be revised but revitalized, and how those who work with young people today might be more effective in helping young people become disciples of Jesus Christ. 

April 11, 2017
2:00 PM ET
Reinventing the Vision of Young Adult Ministry - Presented by Doug Tooke
This webinar will ask the hard questions about challenging the modern vision for young adult ministry and seek to offer practical methods for serving the dynamic demographic that is the Catholic young adult. 
May 16, 2017
2:00 PM ET
Can You Hear Me Now: Strengthening the Spiritual and Prayer Lives of Middle Schoolers - Presented by Lindsey West
Have you ever tried getting middle schoolers to pray only to have at least one student who doesn't know what's going on, a few who know the prayer, and many who couldn't care less? Whether you're a youth minister, teacher, DRE, or play some other role in the faith lives of middle schoolers, it's possible to lead them deeper than most people imagine. We will discuss techniques, styles, and approaches to helping middle schoolers develop and deepen maturing spiritual and prayer lives. 
June 13, 2017
2:00 PM EST
Creating the Ultimate Youth Retreat - Presented by Joe Melendrez
What does it take to build and create the ultimate youth retreat? How can you create retreat activities designed specifically for your students? What's the best way to train retreat leaders? All these answers and more will be answered in this webinar which will provide relevant and insightful ways to improve and enhance your retreat creation process. From ice-breakers to prayer experiences, this presentation will inspire you to build the ultimate youth retreat! 
Date Presented View These Previously Recorded Webinars...
September, 2015 Grant Writing Presented by Javier Bustamente
October, 2015 Helping Youth Encounter Jesus through Social Media Presented by Joe Weyers
November, 2015 10 Ways to Get the Most Out of NCYC: Before, After, and During the Event Presented by a Panel of Leaders
December, 2015 Foster an Encounter With Christ Through Service Presented by Chris Williams
January 2016 Toward a Bigger We (Forward to the 7 minute mark to begin the presentation recording) – Presented by Adam McLane, The Youth Cartel
February-March, 2016 Being a Church of Mercy Various Presenters Including Bishop Caggiano, Dr. Tim Hogan, Dr. Bob McCarty, Monsignor Ray East (Log in or sign up to view master teacher videos, live panel discussions and other readings related to the Year of Mercy)
April 12, 2016 Camp Ministry Presented by John Egan
May 23, 2016 The Art of Reaching Urban YouthPresented by Jose Rodriguez from Rescue a Generation
June 14, 2016 Rural Ministry Presented by Kelly Ruby
July 12, 2016 Inter-Generational Ministry: Why a Balanced View of Connecting the Generations is Essential for The ChurchPresented by Mel Walker
August 9, 2016 Ministry with LGBTQ YouthA Panel Discussion with Dr. Arthur Canales, Marian University, Kim McMillan, Parish Director of YM, Chicago and Roy Petitfils, Therapist. Facilitated by Alison Pope, Director of YM, Midland, Texas
September 20, 2016

Professional Youth Ministry Leaders and the New Regulation Defining Full-Time Exempt Employers: How is Your Job Affected? A panel presentation by Charlotte McCorquodale, Bill Staley, John Smestad and Karen Heil

December 13, 2016 United We Stand...  Presented by Greg Wasinski
September, 2016-January, 2017 Strong Catholic Family Webinar Series on Amoris Laetitia: The Pastoral Response in Accompanying Families in Faith
January 31, 2017 Engaging the World of Generation Z   Presented by Ela Milewska and Dr. Charlotte McCorquodale
February 14, 2017 Why Are Youth and Young Adults Leaving the Church? - Presented by Robert Feduccia

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