Our own Andrew Schaefer has been accepted to serve with NET Ministries. On August 16 he will be joining 150 additional young men and women in Minnesota for 6 weeks of training before being sent out to lead retreats around the US. These retreats help facilitate leading youth to a deeper relationship with Christ. Andrew is responsible for raising at least $7,000 of the $20,000 needed to fund his 10 months of evangelization. Please scan the attached QR code or click here to help fund his mission and see more about what NET Ministries is about. Andrew will be speaking more on this at the May 20/21 masses here at Holy Redeemer.
What is NET Ministries?
NET was started in 1981 in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, by its founder and president, Mark Berchem. Mark pioneered a team of 12 young adults to travel in a van around southern Minnesota, conducting high school retreats. Moving from town to town, parish to parish, this experimental team conducted 18 retreats in a three-week period during January 1980. The response was extremely positive. Additional requests came from Fargo, North Dakota, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The following January, three teams were sent to serve in Winona MN, Fargo ND, and Sioux Falls, SD. In September 1981, the first year-long team was sent out, adding Wisconsin, Louisiana, and several other dioceses in Minnesota to the itinerary.
In 1982, the name “NET,” or National Evangelization Teams, was officially adopted. It was inspired by the scriptures: “Come after me, I will make you fishers of men,” Mark 1:17, and “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch,” Luke 5:4.
Since then, NET Ministries has expanded how it carries out its mission from just Retreat Teams to adding Discipleship Teams and acquiring YDisciple.
NET Ministries has been replicated in Canada, Australia, Scotland, Uganda, and Ireland. Please see Andrew's video below for further details & information about what NET Ministries is all about.