NET retreats range in length from four hours to three days. The format and theme of the retreats vary, but the basic message is always the same:
"In Jesus Christ, the Son of God made man, who died and rose from the dead, salvation is offered to all, as a gift of God's grace and mercy."
These retreats, typically for youth in grades 7-12, are high-energy experiences using large group presentations, small group discussion, music, drama, personal faith sharing, one-on-one prayer, and the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist.
Young people today often struggle with peer pressure, busy schedules, and life’s many demands. They may find it difficult or unimportant to set aside time for their faith among sports, homework, social media and friends. Sometimes, these young people respond best to a new voice. NET retreats can provide a wonderful opportunity to hear the Gospel presented in a language that young people can understand. Whether these young people are in Catholic School, Confirmation Preparation, or in Youth Ministry, they will see the witness of the team members, who come from all across the country, as they share their Catholic faith.
There is a genius to NET’s peer-to-peer ministry. All retreats are unique and include a variety of inspiring talks, personal faith sharing, dramatic skits, small group discussion, lively songs and prayer, making every retreat a unique experience. The NET team members' own youthful experience allows them to be heard and understood.