Evangelization Training Camps
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“ETC gives us the focus, the vision, the desire to reach every student on our campuses with the love of Jesus.”
- Roy Lanham, Director of Campus Ministry, Eastern Illinois University, ETC Midwest 2014
“ETC gives the tools and knowledge to become disciples making disciples, to grow in faith and become confident to go out and share Jesus with others.”
- Mary Aubry, St. Patrick Parish
Evangelization Training Camps equip Catholic campus ministry student leaders and parishioners to share the Gospel on campus or in their neighborhoods naturally, within trusting relationships, and to witness to their own faith in appealing non-preachy ways. Campus ministers and Pastors learn to shepherd evangelistic ministries and successfully implement proven strategic outreach methods.
Over 5 days, participants grow in their connection to Jesus and the Church; learn and practice pre-evangelistic conversation skills and small outreach group leadership. All campuses and parishes leave with a plan for evangelization tailored to the particular needs of their campus.
Students, parishioners, and staff are spiritually refreshed, able to return to their campuses or parish with contagious energy to share the Good News!
EC nationwide training camps have brought together thousands of students, parishioners, pastors, and campus ministry staff from over 100 different campuses, parishes, and organizations since 2006.
Ministries from colleges, universities, and parishes of all sizes and types – Catholic, secular, public – REACH MORE through ETCs. Join us and make it happen in your ministry!
Get Ready to Register; Read about Workshop Tracks!
All First-time Campus Ministry Participants Register for:
Small Group Outreach
“The outreach track was absolutely amazing! The tools that were given and the talks and examples opened my eyes to be an effective evangelist.” – Courtney Walker, Texas A&M International, ETC Mid-West
“What stood out to me was learning that to lead a small group you do not need to be a teacher, all you need is prayer and preparation.”
-Student, North Carolina State, ETC Mid-West
Inviting communities gathering outside the campus Catholic center/parish allow easy access for those who won’t go to church. Workshops train student leaders for small group facilitation or in person-to-person ministry that support small groups: pre-evangelistic conversation, personal faith stories, and recognizing/responding to thresholds of conversion.
Returning Participants Choose between:
One-on-One Discipleship Mentoring
“The one on one track was extremely thought-out and practical.” – John Huffman, North Carolina State University, ETC Midwest 2014
“The one on one track really helped me understand how to bring new believers to become disciples themselves. Stressing the importance of prayer really helped motivate me to become a one on one disciple.” – Eleni Phelps, Radford University, ETC Mid-Atlantic 2014
“Because of the one on one track, I understand how believers need to be trained and matured through Christ to begin to follow Him and bring others closer to Him.” – Claire Riehle, Purdue University, ETC Midwest 2014
The goal of this track is to equip participants to live out Jesus’ Great Commission: “Go and make disciples.”
Discipleship mentors walk with peers on their spiritual journey: sharing life, struggles, victories, and everything involved with developing the heart and habits of a follower of Jesus. The One-on-One Track empowers participants to apprentice another in the main aspects of discipleship by facilitating a Spirit-led conversation, rooted in Scripture and the Tradition of the Catholic Church. The Church calls this “initiatory catechesis” (General Directory of Catechesis).
Workshops train mentors to:
Develop a vision for making disciples (Mt 28:18-20) through person-to-person ministry (1 Thess 2:8) and apprenticeship in the practices and attitudes of a follower of Jesus.
- Grow in the practices of initiatory catechesis in order to share them with others:
-centering your life on Christ
-frequent participation in the Sacraments
-a growing love of the Scriptures as God more and more speaks to you through them
-the importance and joy of Christian community in the Church
-evangelization as the natural overflow of love known in Jesus
-obedience to Christ
- Lead another person to encounter Jesus more profoundly in a Scripture
- Identify and select who is ready for apprenticing in discipleship
- Practice asking others into a mentoring relationship
- Intercede for discipleship partners
You will prepare and facilitate a 1:1 discipleship meeting with another ETC participant in order to put what you learn into practice.
School of Prayer
Facilitated by representative of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy at the Institute for Church Life.
This session offers participants a deeper initiation into the Church’s school of prayer. Participants will develop key practices for participating fully, consciously, and actively in biblical and liturgical prayer. The workshop will introduce participants to the four senses of the Scriptures, to ascetic practice, the Liturgy of the Hours, techniques for discernment, meditation, and a contemplative approach to Eucharistic participation.
The workshop will invite participants not simply to a deeper understanding of the Church’s tradition of prayer but will build in times for practicing what we learn. This workshop, taught by the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, will be valuable for all those looking to enrich their life of prayer as disciples, especially for those who are new to these practices of prayer. It will also be a great workshop for those campus leaders discerning ways to teach prayer in their own settings.
Parishioners register for:
“At the ETC I saw first hand your regular, everyday parishioners who are committed to Christ become inspired and equipped to go back to their parish, their homes, their neighborhoods to become missionary disciples.”
-Sean Ater, Director of the Office for the New Evangelization, Archdiocese of Cincinnati, ETC MidWest
Pastors, staff, and parishioners will be immersed in the vision, principles, and skills necessary to begin transforming their parish into a place where the laity are equipped to reach their friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors – whether fellow parishioners or non-church goers – with the Good News of Jesus in the Church. Through general sessions and workshops, pastoral staff and parish leaders develop the heart and skills of a missionary disciple:
- Develop personal connection to Christ through prayer and sacraments that makes sharing him with others possible
- Engage in pre-evangelistic conversations appropriate to various thresholds of conversion;
- Share personal faith stories and the kerygma;
- Facilitate small evangelization groups to be loving, inviting communities centered in Christ through Scripture yet easily accessible to someone who wouldn’t come to Church;
- Apprentice believers in the heart and habits of discipleship to Jesus;
- Develop a whole parish strategy for successful formation of missionary disciples who evangelize organically and naturally within trusting relationships.
- Campus Minister…….$425
- Parish Track………….$425*
*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
Upcoming Evangelization Training Camps
Tampa, Florida, Gulf South
Tampa, Gulf South
Malvern, Pennsylvania, MidAtlantic
Malvern, Pennsylvania, MidAtlantic
Cedar Lake, Indiana, MidWest
Cedar Lake, Indiana, MidWest
Seattle, Washington, West
Seattle, Washington, West