Tag: Extravaganza

Reflections on Extravaganza 2021 Evaluations

Hello friends! I hope you’re well and that your Lenten season is one of reflection, peace and grace. After the Extravaganza, over 300 of you took a few minutes to fill out the event evaluation form to let us know what your experience was like. Thank you to all who filled out the evaluations. We ...

Leadership Shifts in the Network

The Network continues to grow and evolve. Blessed by the Holy Spirit, our community has been gifted with some amazing leaders. And every year at about this time, we do some shifting around, as the needs of the Network change and as new gifts emerge.  With Pastor Regina Goodrich and Becky Cole finishing up their terms on the Board, ...

An Extravaganza Update: Moving to Online Only

Dear friends, I want to give you a quick update on Extravaganza 2021.  We find ourselves having to “live into” our theme of “Holding Loosely” as we do our planning.  We have made the difficult decision to cancel the “in person” portion of the event at the Hilton in Minneapolis and instead focus all of ...

The Network Board of Directors Welcomes Matthew Lovett as its Newest Member

The ELCA Youth Ministry Network Board of Directors is excited to welcome Matthew Lovett as its newest member.  Matthew will be filling the position vacated by Kinda Makini-Anderson.  This term runs until February of 2022, when Matthew will be eligible to be reappointed to the board. Matthew lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up as ...

The Holy Spirit is Apparently “Boundless”

Sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up. When “coincidences” like this happen, my eyes widen a bit, and then I catch my breath and realize that the Holy Spirit is at work. Let me start at the beginning: So 3 years ago, the Extravaganza team leaders were together for their regular March meeting to ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

New Documentary: “Social Animals” to be Screened at Extravaganza

Each year at Extravaganza we screen a movie. This year’s film is “Social Animals.” A daredevil photographer, an aspiring swimsuit model, and a midwest girl next door are all looking for the same things from their Instagram accounts––a little love, acceptance and, of course, fame––and they’ll do just about anything to get it. With an ...