Other Training Opportunities

In addition to diocesan formation opportunities, a number of resources are available for training in the area of youth ministry.


National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry

December 6 – 8, 2018, Tampa Bay,Florida

Theme: Unlocked

The NCCYM gathers and forms adults to inspire, strengthen, and nourish those who accompany young people as they encounter and follow Jesus Christ. The theme of "Unlocked" will serve to gather over two thousand adult leaders at the Tampa Bay Convention Center on December 6-8, 2018. A newly envisioned conference schedule will offer our diverse group of attendees numerous options to gather, process, and network daily with cohort groups in both formative and fun ways, as well as take part in pre- and post-online learning opportunities that will extend the formative reach of this event over several months. Interactive breakouts sessions will be offered for both new and experienced leaders with a high emphasis on hands-on and practical learning modules and methods, giving attendees many takeaway ideas and strategies. Keynote and featured speakers will be announced this fall, along with the opening of the online speaker submission process from September to November 2017.


YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body

The world is a challenging place for teens, becoming increasingly difficult for parents and educators to help them discover the truth about their bodies, sexuality, and unique call to love. YOU provides teens with an authentic view of the human person and introduces teens to the truth that life is about going out of themselves to be a sincere gift for others. YOU teaches teens about Theology of the Body and how to live in authentic freedom, love and happiness. Teens also learn how to navigate challenging topics such as gender, pornography and same-sex “marriage.” Finally, YOU covers what healthy relationships look like and how to live a life of sacrifice and discipleship.

YOU training is available on October 28 at St. Jerome parish, 511 South Main Street in Troy. Check-in begins at 9 AM with the training from 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM. Cost is $50 and includes training handouts, YOU Leader’s Guide, continental breakfast, and lunch. You may register by mailing a check made payable to the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois to the Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry, 1615 West Washington Street, Springfield, IL 62702-4757, or online at Deadline is October 13 so enough materials can be ordered. The YOU curriculum is designed for high school age teens. For more information, please contact Kyle Holtgrave at (217) 698-8500 or email .


Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies ~ Center for Ministry Development

The Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies Program...

  • Equips leaders with the knowledge, skills, practical tools, and techniques needed for creative and comprehensive ministry with youth in parish and Catholic school settings
  • Nurtures the personal, spiritual, and ministerial growth of leaders for ministry in today’s Church
  • Develops the confidence, competence, and credibility of leaders for effective ministry with youth


Certificate in Youth Ministry ~ University of Dayton

This Certificate is designed for adults in parish youth ministry wishing to develop skills for effectively engaging young people in parish settings.


Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation

Not able to come to a training session for ministry? The University of Dayton offers an on-line program that can help! The Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) is designed to help Church leaders continue our faith formation outside the traditional classroom. Cost is only $40 per session. The next list of courses available from VLCFF is now available. Go to VLCFF now offers a Certificate in Youth Ministry, call Kyle for details!


National Association of Catholic Youth Ministry Leaders Webinars

NACYML is an association of youth ministry leaders serving in dioceses, parishes, schools, and other settings. NACYML 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. Webinars are offered approximately once a month through OnCourse, a professional organization that helps train youth ministers. OnCourse Webinars are provided at no cost to NACYML members and membership is required to participate. In the past, the members' cost of participation in the webinars was $150 for the entire series. Yet, membership dues are only $60. Become a member of NACYML today and you've already gained a benefit worth over twice the cost of membership!

Certification in Lay Ecclesial Ministry