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

Giving Thanks for the Life of Heidi Hagstrom

Dear friends, It is with deep sadness that I write to share the news of the death of Rev. Heidi Hagstrom. Heidi died last night around midnight, in the presence of her family members. Heidi had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer last year. Heidi served most recently as the pastor of Fields ...

Extravaganza 2022 Update: Vaccines or Recent COVID Test to be Required

Hello friends, The ELCA Youth Ministry Network has made the decision to require onsite Extravaganza 2022 participants to have COVID vaccinations, or a negative COVID test no more than 72 hours prior to the start of the event, in order to participate.  We ask our onsite registrants to be prepared to show proof of vaccination ...

Salary Survey 2021 Results

The results of the 2021 Salary Survey are in and available for you to use. The goal of the salary survey is to serve as a starting point for congregational conversations about budget, salary and compensation. Facts are our friends, and being able to look at data as it relates to the size of your ...

Where We Are At

A couple of days ago, I came across a social media post by Rev. Beth Wartick, of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Ankeny, Iowa. I read it, and then read it again. And I realized that it is a really good description of the journey that we have been on. I could see myself within it. ...

Understanding the Network Salary Survey

Hello friends, Last month we launched the 2021 Salary Survey. Normally, we would have done it in 2020, but we figured that COVID was throwing everything out of whack and our results in 2020 might not be representative of reality. Our goal is to have as many people who work in faith formation as possible ...

Time to Take the 2021 Salary Survey

It’s time to begin putting together what for some individuals and congregations is the Network’s most helpful tool. We are asking everyone on our mailing list to please fill out the 2021 ELCA Youth Ministry Network Salary Survey. The last survey was completed in 2018. normally we would do the survey every two years. However, ...

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 ...