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Youth Encounter Closes its Doors

From the Youth Encounter web site: Posted on February 29, 2016 by Meg Sawyer After 51 years of successful and fruitful ministry, Youth Encounter is shutting down operations and closing its doors at the end of April. Youth Encounter will finish its current event season on April 3, 2016 and then host two Feed the ...

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Updated Network App Released!

A major update to the Network’s mobile app has been released for both the Apple iOS and for Android.  The iPad version of the app will be released next week. Click here to download the app. In addition to making the app a little quicker and squashing some “bugs,” the new app adds several different ...

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Guest Blog Post: Youth Ministry Links

Paul Amline, the Program Director for Youth Ministries in the ELCA Churchwide Offices in Chicago, and a great friend of the Network, is our guest blogger today, and is writing about “Youth Ministry Links” Youth Ministry Links – Crowd Sourced and Curated – www.youthministrylinks.org by Paul Amlin For those of us who’ve been around long ...

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Children’s Ministry: A Note from Rev. Stephen Bouman

Special Guest Blog:  We invited Rev. Stephen Bouman, the Executive Director of Evangelical Outreach and Congregational and Synodical Mission in the ELCA offices in Chicago to address the needs of children within the church, and to talk about a new position being created at the churchwide offices.  Thank you Stephen for sharing with the Network! When ...

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Transition

Life has been pretty much a whirlwind in the last few weeks.  As has been noted on the Network’s Facebook page, Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna, Minnesota has extended a call for me to come and serve as a pastor.  After a lot of conversations, thought and prayer, I have decided to accept this call. ...

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Want to go to Germany?

Michael and George, our good friends who together form the band Lost and Found, have been working for a few years on the Luther500 Project.  And they have an invitation for the Network. Get more information on the special  invitation by clicking here. Luther500 will bring folks to Germany to celebrate the 500th anniversary of ...

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Cancer Theology

I didn’t want to read this book.  Really, I didn’t. I know both Jake and Erik.  Not nearly as well as I would like to, but well enough that I knew I’d buy a copy of this book as soon as I’d heard about it, just because I wanted to support them. But read it? ...

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Bunnies and Signs

In the community in which I serve, I’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon in the past couple of years.  There are some start-up churches, of the non-denominational type, who are meeting in our community.  They are young, passionate and energetic; and they have a sense of urgency to what they are doing.  They exist to reach out ...

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The Value of the Network (in a crisis)

Guest Blog:  Rev. Paul Amlin, who serves as the Program Director for Youth Ministries in the churchwide offices of the ELCA, wanted to share this story of service and gratitude with the Network.  I had a recent experience that demonstrated the value of the Network, and I feel the need to share it in a ...

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2014 Salary Survey is Live!

The 2014 ELCA Youth Ministry Network Salary Survey is live!   Click here to take the survey. One of the tools that the Network has produced over the last 15 years is the annual salary survey.  The survey is an indicator (not the only indicator…but certainly an important one!) of the health and well-being of ...