National teams are composed of 10 to 12 members who facilitate retreats six days a week for youth in junior high and high school. Each team travels to specific dioceses and spends time serving the individual parishes there.
In an average 9 month NET season, each National team will:
• Travel coast to coast
• Serve 12 to 16 dioceses
• Facilitate nearly 120 retreats
• Stay in 125 host homes
• Reach 8,500 young people one-on-one with the Gospel
With such a busy ministry schedule, a traveling team member’s van is their home sweet home and one of the best places to hang out and recharge with their teammates.
The ministry of each team is focused on retreats which can span 4 hours to 3 days. Large group talks, skits and dramas, small group discussions, and time for individual prayer are all components of each retreat. Throughout the entire retreat, the youth are extended the invitation to embrace their faith and cultivate a personal relationship with Christ.
Local Teams serve in one specific parish or diocese for their entire NET year. While in the area they help facilitate the youth ministry or campus ministry program including things such as:
• High School Youth Group
• Junior High Ministry
• Discipleship Groups
• Young Adult/Core Team Ministry
• Teen Mass
• Retreats for Parish Youth
In addition, teams will reach out to teens who are not actively involved in parish life by going to local teen events/sporting events, eating lunch with youth at school and or popular hangout spots, and simply being a light to the community.
While in a parish or school, the teams stay with host families in the community for extended amounts of time which provides the chance to enter into family life and minister to the families as well. Parish team ministry is focused on long term evangelization and building relationships that will grow throughout the year and beyond.