Category: The Network

Changes to the Network’s Facebook Presence

The Network is changing the way we use Facebook, hopefully to make it a more helpful experience for our whole community. Our Facebook group has been our primary presence.  This group is now over 6,100 members.  We’ve used this group both to communicate Network news and updates to the community, and to encourage conversation, support ...

Extravaganza: Changing It Up!

The Extravaganza planning team is hard at work putting together the 2020 event in Anaheim, and there are some pretty amazing changes in the works for how we learn together. The first task the team leaders took on when we met together in March was to read and give careful attention to the evaluations that ...

Network Board Meeting Update Day 2

Your Network Board of Directors is hard at work today, meeting at the Lutheran Center in Chicago. We actually began meeting last night, just spending time together and doing “check-ins” on each others lives. Today we buckled down for some hard work.   Highlights included: Opening devotions Approving minutes and other “housekeeping” items Rachel Alley, Program ...

What Does the Network Look Like?

I’m asked every year, “Who is the Extravaganza for?” My stock answer:  “Well, it’s for everyone…especially for people who work in faith formation with young people and their families.” It’s not the most satisfying answer, I get that.  But it’s truth.  We work to create an event that connects with as many people as possible.  ...

Maximizing Your Extravaganza and Network Value

We know that there is a commitment to being a part of the ELCA Youth Ministry Network, and an even bigger commitment when one comes to the Extravaganza.  They both take time, and financial resources. And we know that when you talk to your supervisor, or your church council, or whoever approves spending, and you ...

All New Network App Released!

The Extravaganza evaluation results from the 2018 event confirmed what we already suspected.  The Network’s mobile app, which had been pretty ‘cutting-edge’ when it was first released, wasn’t keeping up with our growing needs at the Extravaganza, or with new technologies.  Parts of it could be complicated to navigate, and we couldn’t include enough of ...

Kelly Sherman-Conroy joins the Network Board

Kelly Sherman-Conroy is the newest member of the ELCA Youth Ministry Network’s Board of Directors. There were two positions open for renewal in terms that will begin at the conclusion of the Extravaganza, January 25-28, 2019. Kelly Sherman-Conroy will be filling the position currently held by Dr. Jeremy Myers.  Jeremy will have completed two full terms serving ...

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 ...

Disrupted Through Education

The vision of the Network is to see a future where children, youth and family ministry in the ELCA flourishes and becomes ever stronger through Renewal, Education, and Connection. Education happens as each of us are pushed to think beyond the way we currently do things to see how we might do things. The kinds ...

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 ...