Category: The Extravaganza

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

Y

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 ...

E

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, ...

S

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, ...

T

Things That Matter Podcast Goes Network!

The Network is excited to launch a partnership that is going to put new resources right into the palm of your hand.  The “Things That Matter” podcast has been around for several years, and is a production of the Nebraska Synod of the ELCA, along with Nebraska Lutheran Campus Ministries. We discovered the podcast last ...

A

Appreciation

There aren’t enough ways that I can say “thank you.”  I wish there were, but I haven’t figured out how to do that yet.  I’m still in St. Louis, here for one of the post-E meetings that typically takes place at the end of the event.  I have to admit that I’m having just a ...

C

Creating a Custom Extravaganza Schedule

We figured out a way of creating a “custom Extravaganza schedule” pulling Network information out of our mobile app and importing only the events that you want, directly into your smartphone calendar.  It’s really quite easy.  Here’s what you do:  (Please note that the screen shots on this are from an iPhone.  I suspect the ...

5

5 Ways to Save Money at the Extravaganza

This is the time of year that people are making decision about whether they will be joining their community at Extravaganza.  I hear from people all the time about what an important time it is for them.  The personal spiritual renewal, the quality continuing education and the networking and connections that are made are invaluable. ...

E

Extravaganza: What’s In A Name

I get this question about once a year:  “Extravaganza?  Why would I go to that?  We don’t have the funds for me to go to something that is extravagant!” I thought it might be helpful to explain a bit. First, the history:  At our very first, stand-alone event (before that, we had met together prior ...

C

Consider This Your ‘Ask’

I think there is sometimes some confusion about workshops at the Extravaganza.  Occasionally I hear stories about folks who think “I would really love to do a workshop at the Extravaganza…but no one has ever asked me to.” I’m going to let you in on a little secret:  Pretty much no one gets asked. Sure, ...

E

Evaluate

Sincere thanks to all of you who filled out evaluations for Extravaganza 2013 this past January.  We’ve completed the process of collating the responses, writing up reports and doing analysis.  There was a ton of great data there.  The total, final, “full” report was 47 pages long  (small print..single space!)  Clearly, people care about the Network and ...