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Husband, father, reader, guitar player, pastor, a person who is really banking on that whole grace thing!

Learn to Imagineer Your Ministry

Extravaganza 2023 participants will have an opportunity to learn how to stretch their thinking and tap into their imagination as they wonder about new directions for their ministry. One of the Intensive Care Courses being offered this year is “Imagination: The Curiosity Tour” and is being taught by former Disney Imagineer, C. McNair Wilson.  This Intensive Care Course ...

Introducing: Oasis

Hello Network! Members of the Network community are invited to come together for “Oasis: A Place Between” on November 10. Oasis is a digital webinar and a time of learning and connection that is designed for both volunteers and professionals who work in children, youth and family ministry. And for members of the Network at ...

5 Ways to Make Extravaganza 2023 Affordable

This is the time of year that people are making decision about whether they will be joining their community at Extravaganza.  I hear from people all the time about what an important time it is for them.  The personal spiritual renewal, the quality continuing education and the networking and connections that are made are invaluable.  Unfortunately, ...

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. ...