Thriveanooga – In Person Event for Catholic Youth Ministers

A one-of-a-kind, in-person event exclusively for Catholic youth ministry leaders.

SEPTEMBER 26-29, 2022

in chattanooga, tn


don't call it a conference.

SERIOUSLY, THRIVEanooga is Not a conference.

It's a highly-relational and truly interactive event created by youth ministers for youth ministers. We took everything we love about conferences, and added more of that. We also threw away the stuff we didn't love and added what we thought was missing. The end result was a two and half day event unlike anything else you've ever been to.
We call that result "Thriveanooga",
and we think you're going to love it!

Last year, we had youth ministers from over 25 dioceses take part in Thriveanooga!

"Everything about Thriveanooga felt exactly right. The conflab model that allowed for real expertise to be engaged and shared was perfect. Not once did I find myself being talked at or unseen. This experience was intimate and wonderful."Carol Wiget (Birmingham)

who is this for?

This event was created exclusively for Catholic youth ministers, but because it's a unique event, we wanted to help you decide if this event was really for you.If you can emphatically answer yes to all the questions below, then you definitely need to join us for Thriveanooga!

"I have never felt so fed and inspired and seen in my ten years of ministry. At Thriveanooga, I found companions on this road of ministry who’ve lived the same experiences as me. The solidarity and support is second to none. The opportunity to be poured into rather than being the sole person pouring into others was invaluable."Megan Moore(Dubuque)

so what is it?


We're not bringing in big name speakers for this event, the biggest asset of Thriveanooga is you. Every person who comes has their own skills and experience, so we're going to leverage that for everyone's benefit.

Rather than keynotes and lectures, the day is filled with collaborative sessions where we'll work together to create action-oriented solutions to your real world ministry problems. It's all about learning from and challenging each other.


We are not looking for cookie cutter solutions, we're ready to push the envelope, challenge conventions, and dream up creative and innovative solutions. To make that possible, we've structured each day to give time and space for creative thinking and group brainstorming sessions.


Our team is not picking the topics to be covered at Thriveanooga, you are!

After you register, you'll get to suggest topics for conversation. Based on upvotes from all the registered attendees, we'll choose the most requested topics and build the content for the event around those.


More than anything else, Thriveanooga is about community. Youth ministry can be lonley at times – we get it. We want Thriveanooga to be about building real, in-person community. We created the schedule and intentionally chose venues that will foster community.

We've built Thriveanooga to be intentionally small. It's far too easy to get lost in the sea of people at a big conference – that won't happen at Thriveanooga. By the end of the week, you'll know everyone's name (or at least their face).

We will be facilitating pre-event and post-event conversations inside of Thrive to make sure that community we build at Thriveanooga doesn't stay at Thriveanooga (though the stories might).

THRIVEanooga is COnstructive.

When you head home from Thriveanooga, you won't be leaving empty handed. Throughout the week, we will be building innovative solutions together. You'll be able to take back these solutions and implement them in your ministry right away and make real change (we're not just talking theory).


At ProjectYM, everything we do is rooted in our Catholic faith – Thriveanooga is no different. We'll have dedicated time to pray, worship, and celebrate the Sacraments together. We're honored to be joined throughout the event by various clergy and Catholic worship leaders.

"This is the first ministry event I’ve been to where authentic community was fostered between all the participants. Within 2 days, there was a deep sense of family and love - it was an absolute blessing."Alyssa Trutter(Austin)

a few more details


"Everyone who works in Youth Ministry has something new to learn and some wisdom to share. I cannot think of a better place to do either of those two things than Thriveanooga."Paul Minarik(Chicago)

what does it cost?

per person*

*This price is the double-occupancy rate.
Single rooms are available for an additional cost.

REGISTRATION INCLUDES LODGING, BREAKFAST AND LUNCH!All you have to pay for once you get to Chattanooga is dinner and drinks.

Three Important Notes:

1) Registration fees are transferrable but non-refundable .

2) You will have a roommate. If you want to pick your roommate, you'll be able to do that before the event. Otherwise, our team will assign you someone awesome.

3) Does not include the cost of "Adventure Day" – see below.
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adventure day!

At the end of Thriveanooga, we're taking a small group of youth ministry leaders on an incredible East Tennessee adventure!This unique experience will give you the opportunity to explore the beauty of Tennessee, build even deeper relationships with other leaders, and give you extra time to process and discuss all that you've learned throughout the week.

register now!

This event will sell out quickly, so DON'T WAIT TO REGISTER.




If you attended Thriveanooga in 2021, you'll get first dibs! But the window is short: only 48 hours!


THRIVE Diocesan Partners

If your diocese is a Thrive Partner, you've got a 24 hour head start to sign up for Thriveanooga!


THRIVE Pro Members

You have to be a Thriver to attend Thriveanooga, but if you're a PRO MEMBER, you'll get early access to register.



Enter your email address below to join the "Priority List" to make sure you get a chance to register before it sells out!


ALL Thrivers

If there's still spots available, registration will open on January 25th to the whole Thrive community!

    You must be a Thrive member to register.If you're not already a Thrive, go sign up now – it's free!

    ADD YOUR EMAIL BELOW TO GET added to the priority list and be NOTIFIED when you're able to register for THRIVEANOOGA 2022!


    While we aren't giving out ALL the details about Thriveanooga, we do want to give you the information you NEED to know.If you have other questions, click the red chat bubble in the corner and ask – we just might answer them!

    "As ministers, we pour into others so much and so often; and there aren't always resources and ways for our own cups to be filled. You should come to Thriveanooga to be poured into, refreshed, renewed, and restored."Natalie Pronio(Baltimore)