The Network is Hiring!

Hello friends! The Network is searching for an individual who can take on the role of Financial Director for our organization. We need to fill this position because our current Financial Director, Debbie Clipson, is retiring. (There will be more about her retirement, and our deep gratitude to her in an upcoming blog post, when ...

Network Membership Pricing Changes

Hello friends! I hope your summer is off to a great start and that mixed in with VBS, mission trips, camp, campfires, worship and “all the things,” you also get a chance for some rest and re-creation. The last two+ years have been…something…and taking an opportunity to breathe and rest is a critical part of ...

Giving Things Away

Recently, I had a conversation with someone who had just joined the Network. They had called with a couple of questions about how to access some of the Network resources. In the course of our conversation, they told me (a few different times) how excited they were to be a part of this community. I ...

Reflections on Extravaganza 2022 Evaluations

Hello Network friends, We have completed compiling and analyzing the evaluations from Extravaganza 2022, held in early February in Minneapolis and online. First, I want to thank all of you who took the time to fill out an evaluation form. We had an good rate of return on these evaluations. In 2022, there were a ...

New ELCA Recommendations on How and How Long We Keep Our Data

Hello friends, Last week, a Network member posted in our Facebook group that they had noticed new recommendations from the ELCA about how long congregations retain registration data about events with children and youth. These recommendations had been updated in May of 2021. You can see the document that lists these recommendations here. The new ...

The 2022 Tom Hunstad Award Recipient: Rev. Regina Goodrich!

by Rev. Dan Fugate; Chairperson of the Network Board of Directors The recipient of the 2022 Thomas Hunstad Award is so accomplished and has provided so much leadership in the church in general and in the area of children, youth, and family ministry in general, that we have a hard time trying to choose what ...

As We Watch War Unfold

Like many of you, I’ve been watching the updates coming in from Ukraine.  And like many of you, my heart has broken, seeing the conflict develop, people fleeing, the sights of bombs going off and images of families being separated. This is horrible.  It’s terrible.  On so many different levels, it’s just so very wrong. ...

Outdoor Ministry Sites Need Our Help

Hello friends, Our ELCA camps and outdoor ministry sites are in deep need right now and are asking for our help. Coming out of the pandemic, and a year where they either didn’t operate or they worked to provide online ministry opportunities for campers and their families, they are now struggling to recruit enough staff ...

Gathering Transitions: Thank You to Molly Beck Dean

Dear friends, At this year’s Extravaganza, ELCA staff members and many of the team leaders from the ELCA Youth Gathering were present to talk about the cancellation of the 2022 Gathering and the transition to the 2024 Youth Gathering. And at this event, Deacon Tammy Jones West was introduced as the new Interim Director of the ...

What the Gathering’s Cancellation Means

Hello friends, By now, you have probably seen the notification from the ELCA Youth Gathering, letting the community know that the 2022 Youth Gathering in Minneapolis will not take place.  Instead, the Gathering leadership will pivot and begin working on the 2024 event.   We want to let you know that the 2022 Extravaganza, scheduled for ...

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