Category: The Church

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 Holy Spirit is Apparently “Boundless”

Sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up. When “coincidences” like this happen, my eyes widen a bit, and then I catch my breath and realize that the Holy Spirit is at work. Let me start at the beginning: So 3 years ago, the Extravaganza team leaders were together for their regular March meeting to ...

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 ...

2018 Salary Survey Results Released

The Network is releasing the results of the 2018 Salary Survey.  415 people professionals and volunteers took the survey over 30 days from mid August to September. Overall, salaries have increased since the last time a full-survey was completed in 2015.  Full time professionals who are not on the ELCA rosters saw their salaries increase ...

Stephanie Joy Coltvet Erdmann

I just don’t have words today. Stephanie Joy Coltvet Erdmann died last night from complications following heart surgery. Stephanie loved her husband Paul completely Stephanie was completely dedicated to her 3 beautiful children Stephanie was an amazing and gifted pastor Stephanie cared about all people, and had a special heart for those who were disenfranchised ...

Please Help with the Salary Survey!

  People who are in the Network tell us that one of the most valuable tools that the Network produces is the annual Network Salary Survey. The survey takes the data provided by Network members and slices and dices it, so that you can look up salary information in a bunch of different ways: By ...

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. ...

3 Words on the Youth Gathering

Wow.  Just wow. There are only 3 thoughts I can share right now. Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you:  Gifted, talented and beloved.  For your time and energy, we are grateful.  On behalf of all of us, thank you. Thanks be to God. Jesus changes everything. Peace, Todd

We Are the Lord’s

“We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves.  If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.  For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be ...

In Memory of Debbie Zaic

If you’ve attended the Extravaganza in the last…probably ten years, there is a pretty good chance that you were welcomed and greeted at the registration table by Debbie Zaic. Debbie and I worked together at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove.  She was hired there in 2001, and provided administrative support and served ...