Tag: Network

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Please Help with the Salary Survey!

  People who are in the Network tell us that one of the most valuable tools that the Network produces is the annual Network Salary Survey. The survey takes the data provided by Network members and slices and dices it, so that you can look up salary information in a bunch of different ways: By ...

“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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That One Time When Your Kid Met Your Friends

Six days ago, our 14 year old son, Samuel, climbed aboard a 12-passenger van with other members of the youth group from our congregation, Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna, Minnesota and the group began its journey to Detroit, Michigan.  The groups is spending the week working with Living Waters Ministries, one of the ELCA‘s amazing ...

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Network Global HQ is Moving…

Effective today, the Global Headquarters (the original suggestion was “Galactic Headquarters,” but we thought that might be just a bit over the top) of the ELCA Youth Ministry Network is relocating.   The new Network address is: 150 Oakwood Lane Owatonna, Minnesota 55060 The phone number (612.564.2195) of the Global HQ remains the same.  The ...

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Nominations for Network Board of Directors Open

The Network is governed by a seven member Board of Directors.  (plus two non-voting members.)  The Board is responsible for setting the direction and vision of the Network, which is then carried out by a small, part-time staff and a huge, dedicated and dynamic group of almost 150 volunteer leaders. The mission of the Network? ...

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YouthWorks signs on as a Network Partner

YouthWorks, one of the premier organizations across the church to offer short-term mission experiences for youth groups, has signed on as a “Silver Partner” with the ELCA Youth Ministry Network.  The Network and its partner organizations commit to a relationship of mutual support. Network Partners are a vital component of our community.  And the Network ...