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

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

SEPTEMBER 25-28, 2023

in chattanooga, tn

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ProjectYM

don't call it a conference.

SERIOUSLY, THRIVEanooga is Not a conference.
It's ALSO Not a retreat, seminar, or LECTURE.

It's a highly-relational and truly interactive event created by Catholic ministry leaders for Catholic ministry leaders. 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 four day event unlike anything else you've ever been to.
We call that result "Thriveanooga",
and we think you're going to love it!

"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)

it's built different.

We built Thriveanooga from the ground up to be a unique experience like nothing else you've ever been to. You will leave poured into, fed, and fired up to go back to your parish and build the Kingdom!
But don't just take our word for it, listen to what
Megan had to say after attending Thriveanooga:

OVER THE Last 2 yearS, we had youth ministers from over 30 dioceses take part in Thriveanooga!

who is this for?

This event was created exclusively for Catholic ministry leaders who work with middle school and high school students, 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!

"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)

so what is it?

THRIVEanooga is COLLABORATIVE.

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.

THRIVEanooga is CREATIVE.

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.

THRIVEanooga is CROWDSOURCED.

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.

THRIVEanooga is COMMUNITY ORiENTED.

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).

THRIVEanooga is CATHOLIC.

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.

"As a brand new youth minister, I love the collaborative, problem-solving model. I can share what problems I have encountered, and people with years and years of experience shared simple solutions and their best advice with me."Skylar Kumprey (Milwauke)

a few more details

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

priests come for free!

We believe that one of the best ways to impact the field of youth ministry is get priests fired up and on the same page as their youth ministry leader...

So this year at Thriveanooga, we've got a (limited) scholarship fund exclusively for priests to be a part of the event!

We prefer you come WITH the youth minister from your parish, but it's not required.

A few important notesWe have a limited number of scholarships available,  so request your spot early!
You will have your own bedroom in an apartment with other priests.
You must commit to being present the entire weekend.
We will be leaning on you for help with the sacraments.

REQUEST PRIEST SCHOLARSHIP

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where is it?

Thriveanooga is held in the heart of downtown Chattanooga, TN. We've bought out an entire apartment-style hotel – including our own coffee shop, bar, and game room.It's like an upscale youth ministers dorm!

"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)

past dioceses

Over the past two years, we've had ministry leaders from the following dioceses join us in Tennessee for a Thriveanooga event.

Atlanta

Baltimore

Birmingham

Chicago

Detroit

Green Bay

Indianapolis

Knoxville

Lansing

Las Vegas

Louisville

Madison

Memphis

Metuchen

Miami

Milwaukee

New Orleans

Owensboro

Raleigh

Sacramento

Saginaw

Saint Augustine

Seattle

Shreveport

Steubenville

Tucson

Tyler

the team

To make this the best Thriveanooga ever, we're building the absolute awesomest team in the history of Catholic youth ministry.

Here's a quick look at some of that awesomeness,
but there's definitely more to come!

Bob Ferretti

Saint Joseph
HILLSBOROUGH, NJ

Carol Wiget

Diocese of
BIRMINGHAM

Fr. Casey Floyd Jones

ST. ELIZABETH SETON
Naples, FL

Charlie Hardesty

Diocese of
owensboro

Chenele Shaw

BEFORE GETHSeMaNE INITIATIVE

Chris Bartlett

Ablaze Ministries

Colm Leyne

Saint Anne
Saskatoon, SK

Crystal Marchand

PROJECTYM

Edgardo Juarez

Diocese of San Bernadino

Fernando Torres

Agnus Dei

Grace Brick

PROJECTYM

Jacque Szczepanski

YDISCIPLE

Mandi Whittaker

PROJECTYM

Marcia Lane-McGee

Plaid Skirts
and Basic Black

Michael Marchand

PROJECTYM

what does it cost?

$839
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.
Sign up for Thrive Pro today and save $50 on Thriveanooga!FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THRIVE PRO

afterparty

This year at the end of Thriveanooga, we're throwing an epic afterparty...so you might want to schedule your return flight a little later than you were thinking.DETAILS ARE COMING SOON

registration

This event will sell out quickly, so ENter your email below to get on the priority registration list – and get notified when registration opens

JANUARY
18

THRIVEANOOGA ALMUNI

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

JANUARY
20

THRIVE Diocesan Partners

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

JANUARY
21

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.

JANUARY
24

PRIORITY LIST Members

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

JANUARY
25

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 for Thriveanooga.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!

    register now!

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

    REGISTER

    JANUARY
    18

    THRIVEANOOGA ALMUNI

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

    JANUARY
    20

    THRIVE Diocesan Partners

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

    JANUARY
    21

    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.

    JANUARY
    24

    PRIORITY LIST Members

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

    JANUARY
    25

    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!

      pricing

      This YEAR, ThRIVEANOOGA IS BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER, BUT WE'VE KEPT THE PRICE THE SAME!

      JANUARY
      18

      THRIVEANOOGA ALMUNI

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

      JANUARY
      20

      THRIVE Diocesan Partners

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

      JANUARY
      21

      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.

      JANUARY
      24

      PRIORITY LIST Members

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

      JANUARY
      25

      ALL Thrivers

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

        Individual REGISTRATION is $689.

        Registration includes lodging, supplies, all breakfasts, and all lunches.

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

        If you sign up for Thriveanooga before 11pm EST on Thursday, January 19th, you'll get over $900 in bonuses!
        AVAILABLE FOR FULL PRICED REGISTRATIONS ONLY

        Ultimate Screen Game Bundle

        Download all 145 screen games from the ProjectYM Games digital library.

        $725 VALUE

        Three Months of Thrive Pro

        Get access to weekly mastermind groups and over 25 hours of video training content.

        $120 VALUE

        YDisciple Connect Deck

        52 photo cards carefully curated to jumpstart the conversation in your small group.

        $10 VALUE

        The E Word Course

        A 5-part video course that breaks down Catholic evangelization.

        $29 VALUE

        The E Word Book

        A short, easy to read book that answers the important questions about evangelization.

        $10 VALUE

        SockReligious Socks

        A pair of super Catholic-y socks from our friends at SockReligious.

        $16 VALUE

        Mystery Gift

        We've also got an additional bonus gift for you!

        ??? VALUE

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

        JANUARY
        18

        THRIVEANOOGA ALMUNI

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

        JANUARY
        20

        THRIVE Diocesan Partners

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

        JANUARY
        21

        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.

        JANUARY
        24

        PRIORITY LIST Members

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

        JANUARY
        25

        ALL Thrivers

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

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          "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)

          our sponsors our awesome!

          A big thank you to the sponsors who help make Thriveanooga possible!

          There's still room for your organization to join in on the fun:

          SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

          FAQs

          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)

          Made by Michael Marchand