Tag: Network

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Who We Are

In the last couple of weeks of November, we did a demographic survey of our Network members.  We e-mailed our members, inviting them to take the online survey sometime over a period of two weeks.  We had a good response to the invitation.  Our response rate was 52%. There are two reasons we did the ...

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New, and Renewed Board Members

I’m excited to announce the appointment of a new member of the Network’s Board of Directors and a reappointment of a member. Dr. Jeremy Myers, who teaches in the youth and family ministry program at Augsburg College in Minneapolis has been appointed to a 3-year term to the board. Jeremy is married to Tracie, and ...

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An Update from New Jersey…

Jason Reed is the synod staff person for youth ministry in the New Jersey Synod of the ELCA.  He lives in Mount Holly, New Jersey.  Jason is a member of the ELCAYMNet and the SYMBOL (Synod Youth Ministry Band of Leaders) Network, and a strong advocate for young people within the congregations of his synod. ...

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New Network Strategic Plan

Dear friends, The Network’s new 3-year strategic plan is going to strengthen our organization, deepen our ministry and broaden our reach.  The Network Board of Directors recently concluded our annual fall meeting, and one of our tasks (among many) was to complete the draft of the plan. Our task between now and the Extravaganza is ...

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Network Board Gathers Today

Today, members of the Network’s Board of Directors are traveling to Denver, Colorado for their annual fall meeting.  The vision, direction and policies of the Network are overseen by this Board. Seven individuals are called to serve in this role, and meet  for prayer, discernment, visioning and policy setting three times a year. The Network ...

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Network Board Nominations Being Taken!

Dear Network Members, The ELCA Youth Ministry Network is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on its Board of Directors. The Network board is tasked with providing vision, direction and policies for the ELCA Youth Ministry Network.  It’s role is to be thinking ahead; to be wondering about the state and the future of faith ...

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AmEx is Spoken Here!

Ok, so I realize that this is not necessarily earth-shattering news…and in the scheme of things, it’s probably not a really big deal.  However, for years folks have asked us at Extravaganza registration time, “can I use my congregation’s AmEx card for this registration?  I’d like to score the miles.” The answer has always been ...

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TEDTalk: “How Great Leaders Inspire Action”

A brilliant TED Talk that is too good not to share.  My killer line: “There are leaders and there are those who lead.  Leaders are persons of authority.  Those who lead are persons of passion.” Worth watching.  Interesting implications for our ministry.  I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments on this below… Thanks to ...

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Thinking about Vocation: ThinkMinistry.org

Part of our call as adults who work with young people is to watch for those who we think might have gifts to serve in ministry, and then to assist them in discerning their call, and encouraging them to develop their gifts to serve.  Having just experienced the ELCA Youth Gathering (more about that later), ...

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What’s Up With the Web Site?

You might notice some transitions in the Network’s web site in the next couple of weeks.  I just wanted to give you a quick update on what’s happening. We are switching to a new membership management software piece that I think is going to improve your online experience.  In the past couple of years, we’ve started ...