Evangelization Training Camps
“The best evangelization workshop out there.”
- Fr. Charles Kalmut, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“This camp blew my mind and lifted my soul.”
- Shane Sills, North Carolina State University
Registration opens on April 1st!
Register early because camps fill up fast!
“I feel so much stronger in my faith and more equipped to share it with others in a personal and not off-putting way. I’m just excited now!”
- Anne O’Donnell, student, Purdue University
Evangelization Training Camps equip Catholic campus ministry staff and student leaders to share the Gospel on campus naturally, fruitfully, and relationally.
Over 5 days, participants will grow in their connection to Jesus and the Church; learn and practice outreach skills; and tailor a vision for evangelization to the particular needs of their campus culture.
Ministries from colleges and universities of all sizes and types – Catholic, secular, public – dramatically increase their campus outreach through ETCs. Join us to make it happen on yours!
Students and staff will leave spiritually refreshed, returning to their campuses with contagious energy to share the Good News!
EC training camps held across the United States have brought together over 700 people from 70 different campuses, parishes, and organizations since 2006.
Get Ready to Register; Pick a Workshop Track!
Developing Outreach Skills
Small Group Leadership
One-on-One Discipleship Mentoring
Sacraments and Evangelization
Which Workshop Track is Right for You?
FIRST ETC PARTICIPANTS
To launch small group outreach in fall semester, some students will need to register for Small Group Leadership. Campus ministers. please encourage your strongest leaders toward this track! Even initially intimidated students report that they feel equipped and excited to lead by the end of the camp. See testimonials above and below!
Developing Outreach Skills equips for person-to-person ministry: pre-evangelistic conversation, invitation and sharing your faith story. Students who are not small group leaders play an essential role in helping them succeed. They invite and encourage others to give small groups a try. All first time student participants who are not in the small group leadership track register for Developing Outreach Skills.
Returning students can register for either of the first ETC workshop tracks, or choose one of the tracks below limited to returning participants.
One-on-One Discipleship Mentoring: Inviting others into a deeper life in Christ. Learn how to walk with others to help them grow as disciples.
Sacraments and Evangelization: Learn to experience the Mass as an event that forms us toward greater love. At ETC-Mid Atlantic and ETC-Midwest, taught by Tim O’Malley, Ph.D., Director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy. This track will not be offered at ETC-West.
Campus ministers sessions with senior EC staff happen throughout the ETC. They also participate in a workshop track. To be equipped to lead outreach, first ETC Campus Ministers should register for the Small Group Leadership track.
Returning campus ministers are strongly encouraged to register for One-on-One Discipleship Mentoring to strengthen their formation of small group leaders. The Sacraments and Evangelization track is also an option.
- Campus Minister…….$400
*Includes lodging and meals
What to expect:
- Daily mass, an hour of individual prayer, and group prayer time
- Stirring prayer sessions and primers on prayer methods
- Personal connection to Christ as the foundation for campus ministry and outreach
- Skill-building workshops: pre-evangelistic conversation; facilitating small group scripture discussion; sharing your faith story
- Stages of conversion: what works when with whom
What you’ll experience:
What Campus Ministers, Clergy, and Students are Saying about Evangelization Training Camps!
“This camp gives us real tools to go out and become fishers of men.”
-Johnny Sanchez, student, University of South Carolina
“ETC was entirely refreshing, spirit filled, and theologically grounded. The timeless concepts of the Church were presented with utmost clarity with an emphasis on Jesus at all times. Having brought a very diverse group of students, they all benefited greatly!”
-Joshua Dart, Director of Campus Ministry, Virginia Commonwealth University
“The strategic planning would be helpful to any ministry, even a thriving one.”
-Molly Powers, campus minister, University of Illinois-Chicago
“[ETC] gives us a plan, a structure and a goal that really makes sense.”
-Father Douglas Bailey, Florida Institute of Technology
“[ETC] changed my heart, but it also filled me with the desire/equipped me with the skills to change others’ hearts!”
-Lauren Deptola, student, University of Dayton
“Going through the small group track I feel much better equipped to do a good job… I know the Lord will lead me through if I trust in Him.”
-Brad Haas, Iowa State University
“It as a camp full of healing and getting to know Christ better. We also learn practical tools: first, help our relationship with Christ and secondly, share our story effectively to stir up Christ in others. You leave with a new passion for Christ and a desire to serve the community back on campus.”
-John Bocinsky, Florida Institute of Technology
“Before coming I was very intimidated by the idea of evangelization. I loved how natural it seemed by the end of the week…. After this camp, I realize that its in my nature as a Christian to evangelize. It’s not hard or scary. I’m pumped and excited to just do what I am called to do.”
-Eric Brooks, Marymount University
“From being a participant, to a leader, to currently, the peer minister of small group leaders at St. Thomas Aquinas, I know I have a passion for small groups. The training I received through the Evangelical Catholic Leadership Camp helped me realize small groups are not just a place students can go to interact with each other, but they are a full-flegded and vibrant ministry that works towards bringing people into an authentic connection with Christ and a community of fellow Christians. Our focus is to help leaders grow in their faith and prayer lives so that they can more effectively facilitate discussion and minister to those in and out of their small groups, because as the EC says, “you cannot give what you do not have’.”
-Wisconsin ETC Participant, 2011