NeXt Level

What Is NeXt Level?

NeXt Level is a year long immersive program that invites youth to discover their gifts and passions in order to create and implement parish-wide passion projects rooted in the Catholic tradition of service and justice. Youth Delegates from 5 parishes in NJ were selected to participate in NeXt Level, a program funded by the Lilly Endowment, which offers a new approach to youth ministry designed to strengthen Catholic parishes.

NeXt Level provides youth with a series of social gatherings, interactive retreats, and a weeklong overnight service immersion experience that will allow you to grow as a leader, explore their faith, and pursue service and social justice. In their community, youth will implement a project designed by their cohort of youth delegates that will engage members of their parish across generations. Youth will be supported through all of this by adult mentors, parish staff, and NeXt Level staff.

Youth participation in NeXt Level is invaluable to their parishes, and to the church at large! As Pope Francis said at World Youth Day in Panama, “Dear young people, you are not the future but the now of God.”

If you or your parish are interested in finding out more about becoming a NeXt Level parish, please contact Maggie Smith.

Participating Parishes:


Important Dates for 2020:

Ignition Retreat May 30, 2020 | Virtual Experience

Level Up Immersion Experience (Pilot Parishes) July 12-18, 2020 | St. James Retreat House, Trenton NJ

Level Up Immersion Experience (Year Two Parishes) July 26 – August 1, 2020 | St. James Retreat House, Trenton NJ


NeXt Level Advisory Council

NeXt Level has an advisory council that is comprised of a distinguished group of national experts and practitioners who care deeply about young people their faith practice, and the future of our Church. The council members attend an annual conference where they provide ongoing programmatic counsel and feedback. Read more about who is on our council and what they do!


CFJ has served more than 6,000 youth and young adults through our intensive retreat-style WorX immersion experiences. Read how our alumni have been impacted by our programs.