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 ...

Prayer = Good…Over-Notifications? Maybe Not So Much

The Network is a community that prays for each other.  And I suspect we can all agree that we’re in favor of prayer. And using the “Prayer Request” feature in the Network app is a great way for us to keep in touch and to pray for each other.  After Extravaganza 2018 in Houston, there ...

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 ...

Network Revises Standards and Guidelines

The ELCA Youth Ministry Network’s Board of Directors has completed a one-year process to revise and update its “Standards and Guidelines for Professionals” document. The original version of our Standards and Guidelines was created and released in 2011,  It helped to give shape to the professional development of those who are called to serve with ...

“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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New Network Board Members Selected

The ELCA Youth Ministry Network’s Board of Directors affirmed the slate of board candidates presented by the Nominating Committee at its fall meeting in Houston, September 28-30. The recommendation of the Nominating Committee was to renew the terms of two of its current board members, Becky Cole and Rev. Regina Goodrich.  The NominatingCommittee also recommended ...

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Because Everybody Needs a Plan

If you ask anyone who has been doing ministry with children, youth and families in ELCA congregations for awhile, they will be able to tell you that there has been a significant change in the culture of our community over the last 20 years. Children, youth and family ministers share resources, give mutual support and ...

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Our Hearts Break for Houston

Every time an image of the flooding comes across my newsfeed, or my TV screen, my heart breaks a little bit.  The images of the interstates completely submerged…of homes deep in water…and of people awaiting rescue takes my breath away. And like many of you, my mind turns immediately to friends who live and work ...

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“Discipling Cohorts” Initiative Launches!

The ELCA Youth Ministry Network is excited to launch the Discipling Cohorts initiative, with the goal of training 500-600 children, youth, and family ministry leaders committed to growing and deepening in ministry leadership, personal faith, and vocational confidence. The initiative was created in response to the Network’s strategic goal for every member to create and ...

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