Category: The Extravaganza

The annual event of youth ministry leaders that focuses on spiritual renewal, continuing education and Networking

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 ...

Film Screening: “Behold the Earth” at the Extravaganza

Extravaganza 2018 in Houston will host a special screening of the documentary film, “Behold the Earth.”  The screening will take place on Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm. “Behold the Earth” is a music-rich documentary film that explores America’s divorce from the outdoors – through conversations with legendary scientists E.O. Wilson, Cal DeWill, and Theo Colborn, as ...

“Why I’m Going to Extravaganza 2018”

Special Guest Blogger:  Ian McConnell; Student at Luther Seminary in St. Paul. It was in a hotel ballroom in Anaheim maybe a decade ago that I heard for the first time, “Use this time however you need it. For renewal. For networking. For napping. For being away from a hectic work environment. For fun, for ...

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Extravaganza Leadership Changes

Rev. Scott Maxwell-Doherty, who has done amazing work over the last 12 years giving leadership to the Extravaganza Team, has chosen to step down from his position, following Extravaganza 2017 in Louisville. In a note to the Extravaganza team leaders, Scott wrote that: “As you all know I take great delight in several ‘extra-curricular’ church ...

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#ext17 Film Screening: No Joke

At Extravaganza 2017, we’ll have the opportunity to screen a brand new documentary called “No Joke.”  It’s a film about 3 religious leaders from Peoria, Illinois, a Jewish rabbi, a Muslim Imam and a Christian pastor, who have all become close friends.  And it’s about how their understanding of each other’s faiths, and their approach ...

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Extravaganza Demographics

We’ve already written and shared thoughts about the evaluation data from Extravaganza 2016, and the E-Team is working on processing that information for future planning. We also ran some of the demographic data from registrations, some of which is pretty interesting.  (I’m kind of a data nerd this way)  So I thought I’d post it. ...

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Thoughts on #Ext16 Evaluations

Dear friends, The E-Team leaders have spent the past week or two going over the details of the evaluations from Extravaganza 2016 in Anaheim. I wanted to follow up with what we learned from this year’s evals. First, thank you very much to those who took the time to fill out the evaluation forms. The ...

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You’ll Want the App for #Ext16!

Have you downloaded the Network app? Prior to coming to California, you’ll want to download the Network app!  On the app, you can check the up-to-date Extravaganza schedule in the “events” section.  And if there are any schedule updates or changes, we’ll also be posting those in the “blog” section. At our worship, we’ll even ...

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Extravaganza Evaluation Reflections

Extravaganza 2014 is in the history books.  The final hotel bill has been paid, and most of the random boxes of leftover stuff have been crammed back into the warehouse at the Network’s Global Headquarters (my basement). And, we’ve been pouring through the Extravaganza evaluations. Thank you to all of you who shared your thoughts, ...

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Segway Guy

I heard a story from the Extravaganza that I need to share with you.  It’s pretty amazing. If you were there, you know that we rented a Segway for use during the “segue” moments on the main stage.  We rented from a local St. Louis company, who would bring the Segway before each general session, ...