Category: Ministry

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, ...

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 ...

CROP Hunger Walks Celebrate 50 years, Lutheran Youth Led the Effort!

Walking for a cause. It’s not a new thing, we have all either done a walk to raise money or know about one in our community. The first walk in the US to benefit a charity was 50 years ago and it has some amazing Lutheran youth roots.  What soon became a US movement called ...

3rd Tuesday Conversation Relaunches as a Podcast

Next week, 3rd Tuesday Conversation is rebooting and relaunching as a podcast. Every month since March of 2010, the Network has produced 3rd Tuesday Conversation.  After the first 3 or 4 months, where we literally recorded a conference call (like…on the phone…) we transitioned to online webinars.  68 episodes later, experts in the field, teachers ...

With Deep Sorrow…

Dear friends, It is with deep sorrow that I write to let you know about the death of one of our network members, and a friend and colleague to many.  Rachel Coen-Tuff died on Saturday while with her family at their cabin.  The family has communicated that it was the result of a pulmonary embolism. ...

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Loading Vans & Heading Out? Be Prepared

This summer, hundreds of our congregations, maybe even thousands, will load up planes, trains and automobiles and head out on summer trips.  Destinations will include Bible camps, work camps, mission trip sites, national parks, music festivals and more.  And almost all of us will remember to pack a trip first-aid kit prior to departing to ...

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Congregations Hosting Groups Database: We’re Starting Over!

For years, the Network has made available to Network members a database of congregations that are willing to host traveling youth groups who are on their way to a camp, mission trip, youth gathering or other experience. We are making two significant changes in this database: First, we are wiping that database out and starting ...

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Connect Journal Seeking Writer on Mental Health

The Editorial Team for the Connect Journal is looking for your assistance. The Winter 2017 issue will focus on mental health issues in children, youth, families, and those in the church who serve them. We know that many of you have experience working with young people and families who face mental health issues.Some of you, ...

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Finishing Well

I was shocked, but not surprised, when the news of the closing of Youth Encounter was released a couple of weeks ago.  Youth Encounter is an organization with a rich history in the Lutheran church, and its closing is an event of seismic proportions in the world of ministry with young people. I can only ...