Why Can’t We Be Friends: Youth Ministry and Catechesis Working Together to Form Disciples
Speakers: Tex Phelps, Sara Blauvelt
Tex Phelps, Director for Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of Washington and Sara Blauvelt, Director for Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Washington will consider how the four principles that guide development of life in society outlined in The Joy of the Gospel, can be applied as a paradigm for enhancing the collaboration between youth ministry and catechesis. This bootcamp includes time for youth ministers and parish catechetical leaders to work together to envision a collaborative ministry for their parish.  To fully participate in this working bootcamp, both the parish youth minister and catechetical leader are encouraged to attend together.
Sponsor: National Conference for Catechetical Leadership

Partnering with Parents
Speaker: Michael Theisen
Sponsor: National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry

Special Needs (Title TBD)
Speaker: Jan Benton
Sponsor: National Catholic Partnership on Disability

Recalibration: Moving to a Preferred, Grace-Filled Future!
Speaker: Bob McCarty
Pastoral leaders are so very skilled at planning ahead, implementing programs, and operating from a comprehensive vision. So, why don’t we utilize the same skill set when it comes to considering our own future? This session is for pastoral ministers in the wisdom generation, considering your ‘next stage’ in life and ministry, contemplating transition, and not ready to completely leave the ministry vineyard. We will consider the three poles of recalibration: identity, vocation, and spirituality. We will identify the practical challenges of finances, relationships, and meaningful activity. We will name the fears, key questions to consider, and specific strategies to honor our past and enhance our preferred future. Whether considering full or semi-retirement, recalibration is a life-giving option, a re-examination of vocation and ministry, and a joy-filled pathway to our next stage.

Plan on spending your Thursday morning with us from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at one of the bootcamps led by our collaborators and sponsors.