Reflections on Extravaganza 2021 Evaluations

Hello friends! I hope you’re well and that your Lenten season is one of reflection, peace and grace. After the Extravaganza, over 300 of you took a few minutes to fill out the event evaluation form to let us know what your experience was like. Thank you to all who filled out the evaluations. We ...

Leadership Shifts in the Network

The Network continues to grow and evolve. Blessed by the Holy Spirit, our community has been gifted with some amazing leaders. And every year at about this time, we do some shifting around, as the needs of the Network change and as new gifts emerge.  With Pastor Regina Goodrich and Becky Cole finishing up their terms on the Board, ...

Helping Young Adults Find Their Place

Our friends and partners from the Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Network have developed an amazing new online tool, a mobile app, to help our young adults locate an outdoor ministry site where they might want to serve in the summers. The impact of outdoor ministry on the lives of our young people is powerful. A week ...

“I Didn’t Know I Needed This”

I noticed something at this year’s Extravaganza. All of the themes for the different “main stage” sessions were really well received. But there was one that stood out: “Holding Grief.” The live chat during all of the sessions was very busy. But when this session started, and the speakers started doing their work to unpack ...

Today We Launch “Discipling Cohorts Reimagined”

A brand new version of the Network’s “Discipling Cohorts” program has been created. The goal is to provide you with an opportunity to grow in your vocation, your faith and your ministry. Discipling Cohorts was originally created as a small group cohort program. To be in a cohort was to make a one year commitment ...

New Members Appointed to the Network Board

The Network Board of Directors will welcome 2 new members and one reappointed member when it meets following the Extravaganza in early February. New board members include Jade Ortiz, who serves as a TEEM Pastor at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Oxnard, California. Jade has 17 years of experience in children, youth and family ...

An Extravaganza Update: Moving to Online Only

Dear friends, I want to give you a quick update on Extravaganza 2021.  We find ourselves having to “live into” our theme of “Holding Loosely” as we do our planning.  We have made the difficult decision to cancel the “in person” portion of the event at the Hilton in Minneapolis and instead focus all of ...

Announcement: Extravaganza 2021 and 2022

Watch the video announcement, or read below: Hello friends, Thank you for your patience as we’ve been working to figure out how to fulfill the mission of the Network and the Extravaganza in a pandemic world. For the last several months we have been focusing on two questions: “How can we be helpful to people ...

The Network Releases Statement on Race, Inclusion and Ministry

Note:  Over the last two months, the Network Board of Directors has engaged in deep listening and conversation around issues of race, justice and inclusivity.  While these conversations have been a part of the board’s agenda for years, the events surrounding the killing of George Floyd, and the subsequent events and conversations, increased our focus ...

The Network Board of Directors Welcomes Matthew Lovett as its Newest Member

The ELCA Youth Ministry Network Board of Directors is excited to welcome Matthew Lovett as its newest member.  Matthew will be filling the position vacated by Kinda Makini-Anderson.  This term runs until February of 2022, when Matthew will be eligible to be reappointed to the board. Matthew lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up as ...

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