Category: The Network

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 ...

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 ...

Leadership: Seeking Nominations for the Network Board

(Please click here to get more detailed information on the nomination process and/or to make a nomination) The longer that I work in congregational ministry, the more I believe that leadership is one of our critical issues.  Identifying, raising up and supporting leaders in our congregations is essential to developing healthy cultures and growing congregations.  ...