The Religion Teacher Workshops with Jared Dees

Thank you for your interest in a workshop for religious educators. I am passionate about inspiring and equipping religion teachers and catechists for the important work of evangelization and catechesis. I’ve spoken on a number of different topics including prayer, technology, lesson planning, evangelization, social media, and effective techniques in religious education.

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Jared Dees Speaking DAEC 2012

A Little About Jared Dees

I’m the author of the book 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator, To Heal, Proclaim, and Teach, and the creator of The Religion Teacher. I began my career as a religion teacher in a Catholic grade school and then moved on to teach theology in a Catholic high school. I now volunteer as a catechist and in many other ministry roles at my parish and work for a Catholic publishing company, Ave Maria Press.

Since starting The Religion Teacher in 2009, I’ve come to realize the great importance of providing practical resources for religious educators and parish ministers. Everything I create and offer on this website is meant to make the lives of the religion teacher or catechist as easy as possible so they can be living witnesses to the Gospel.

My keynotes and workshops are highly engaging and very practical. Participants will always go home with a notepad full of ideas they can immediately implement in their classroom or ministry.

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Christ the Master-Teacher: 12 Ways to Become a Better Religious Educator

“You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master’ and rightly so, for indeed I am” (Jn 13:13).

Christ is the model for all religion teachers and catechists. He was called both master (leader) and teacher by his disciples and showed them the way to follow in his footsteps. To become better leaders, we have to become better servants. To become better teachers, we have to become better disciples. With twelve exercises and meditations from the book, 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator, participants will take steps to becoming better disciples, servants, leaders, and teachers. This workshop is more than a professional development opportunity, it is an invitation to enter into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, our master-teacher, in order to become better witnesses of his life and teachings. [Learn more.]

Classroom Engagement: Practical Resources and Teaching Strategies that Inspire Young People to Learn, Love, and Live Their Faith

Author Jared Dees will provide an assortment of practical resources that catechists and religion teachers can use to create a dynamic classroom experience. He will also share the latest and most effective teaching strategies that anyone can quickly implement to engage young people in their faith. With these resources and strategies, religious educators will be equipped with the tools they need to live as witnesses to the Gospel so they can inspire young people to know, love, and serve the Lord. [Learn more.]

Heal, Proclaim, Teach: A Christ-inspired Approach to Evangelization that Works

“Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness.” (Mt. 9:35)

Inspired by the three-part mission of Jesus Christ, participants will uncover ways in which they can heal the wounded, proclaim the Gospel, and teach the faith. Heal, Proclaim, Teach is the three-step process that, in fact, all the great saints and movements of the Church have used to do effective evangelization, yet we often overlook this process in our own ministry.

Using highly practical tools and success stories, Jared Dees will help participants evaluate their own evangelizing ministries and consider ways in which they can imitate Jesus by healing, proclaiming, and teaching the communities in which they serve. [Learn more.]

Starting and Growing Evangelizing Ministries Today

In parishes and diocese all across the country, we are seeing a shift in focus from catechetical ministries to evangelizing ministries. This mindset shift calls for new, unconventional approaches to Catholic ministry. With a special focus on one-on-one discipleship and small group ministries, Jared Dees will offer a practical guide to starting and growing evangelizing ministries today. Participants in this session will learn and apply the techniques that successful ministries and parishes are using to transform lukewarm Catholics into highly engaged, evangelizing disciples. [Learn more.]


Upcoming Talks, Workshops, and Webinars

August 5, 2017: Dallas, TX

August 10, 2017: Joliet, IL

August 30, 2017: Davenport, IA

November 5, 2018: Stevens Point, WI



Past Presentations and Workshops

May 22, 2013: “Digital Publishing and Its Impact on Learning,” National Conference of Catechetical Leadership Conference

June 4, 2013: 13 Ways to Become a Better Religious Educator During Summer Break (Ave Maria Press Webinar)

September 4, 2013: “Captivating Back to School Ideas for Religious Educators,” (Ave Maria Press Webinar Series)

September 17, 2013: “The Spiritual Formation of Catechists: 10 Simple Ways to Transform Volunteers into Witnesses” (Ave Maria Press Professional Development Webinar Series)

September 26 ,2013: “Classroom Engagement,” Archdiocese of Chicago (Private Webinar)

October 8, 2013: “Effective Ed-tech and No-tech Strategies for Classroom Engagement,” Ohio Catholic Education Association (OCEA) Convention

October 18-19, 2013: “Classroom Engagement,” Archdiocese of Portland Catechetical Conference

November 19-20, 2013: “Christ the Master-Teacher” & “Witness!,” Northern California Faith Formation Conference

January 2014: “Christ the Master-Teacher,” Johannes Hofinger Catechetical Conference

March 1, 2014: “Christ the Master-Teacher,” Chicago ACE Advocates Educator Forum

March 23, 2014: “Christ the Master-Teacher” and “Classroom Engagement,” Catechetical/Liturgical Conference, Diocese of Gary

April 22-24, 2013: “Classroom Engagement,” NCEA Convention & Expo

May 13, 2014: “Pope Francis on Faith and Evangelization: Insights into Lumen Fidei and Evangelii Gaudium,” Ave Maria Press Professional Development Webinar Series

May 19, 2014: NCCL Conference (PCL Forum), “Being and Forming Better Disciple-Teachers and Servant-Leaders”

June 17, 2014: “Heal, Proclaim, Teach,” The Youth and Young Adult Summit, Diocese of Lafayette

July 24, 2014: “Classroom Engagement,” University of Notre Dame Echo Program

August 17, 2014: “Witness” & “Classroom Engagement,” Holy Trinity Parish, Toledo, OH.

October 4, 2014: “Witness” & “Classroom Engagement,” 10th Annual “Graced by God” Conference, Richmond, VA

October 25, 2014: “Christ the Master Teacher” & “Catechetical Activities that Excite,” Archdiocese of Miami Catechetical Conference, Miami, FL

March 21, 2015: Keynote, Catechetical Gathering, Diocese of Trenton

March 25, 2015: “Christ the Master Teacher,” University of Notre Dame Catechist, Notre Dame, IN

April 7-9, 2015: “Empowering Parents: The Primary Educators in the Faith,” NCEA Convention & Expo, Orlando, FL

May 19-20, 2015:  “Catechetical Activities that Excite and Engage” and “Preaching When Your Are Teaching,” National Conference of Catechetical Leadership Conference, Buffalo, NY

July 22, 2015: “Classroom Engagement,” University of Notre Dame Echo Program

August 14-15, 2015: New England Convocation 2015

August 29, 2015: “Heal, Proclaim, and Teach” (Keynote), “Teaching Kids to Pray in the Digital World,” and “Effective Ed-tech and No-tech Strategies for Classroom Engagement,” Diocese of Evansville Catechetical Formation Day

January 4, 2016: “Classroom Engagement,” Diocese of Joliet Catechetical Institute

January 7-9, 2016: Gulf Coast Faith Formation Conference

March 17, 2016: CARE: Chicago Association of Religious Educators

May 23, 2016: “Empowering Parents and Disciples and Teachers,” National Conference for Catechetical Leadership

August 18-19, 2016: “To Heal, Proclaim, and Teach,” Diocese of Des Moines

September 28-October 1, 2016: Dallas Ministry Conference

November 4-5, 2016: DAEC, Diocese of Springfield in Illinois

February 3-4, 2017: Winter Catechetical Summit, Diocese of Wichita

Speaking Samples

If you are looking for some sample presentations, check out The Religion Teacher YouTube channel or my presentations on SlideShare.

If you are interested in inviting me to speak at your school, parish, or diocese please go to the Contact Page and send an email with possible dates, the topic, and the type of event.