Tag: youth ministers

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Musicians & Artists & Speakers, oh my!

It’s a phone call that comes in fairly often:  “We’re planning a big event for our (fill in the blank…congregation…synod…conference…etc…) and we’re looking for a speaker and a musician.  We want a (fill in the blank:  (soloist…band…loud…acoustic…etc…).  Does the Network have a listing, or a directory, or a recommendation or anything that can help us?” ...

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Extravaganza: What’s In A Name

I get this question about once a year:  “Extravaganza?  Why would I go to that?  We don’t have the funds for me to go to something that is extravagant!” I thought it might be helpful to explain a bit. First, the history:  At our very first, stand-alone event (before that, we had met together prior ...

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Safety Net

Years ago,  I had our sr. high group out on the road on the North Carolina coast, where we were working with Habitat for Humanity.  The trip was going really, really well. One of the work days was rainy, so the Habitat chapter asked us to go to a different work site, where we could ...

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Trending

Over time, I’ve noticed that ministry with those in the first third of life seems to be kind of “trend driven.”  There are new ministry concepts…thoughts and ideas that tend to bubble up.  They become a big deal…they become mainstream…they fade…they are replaced… When I first started doing this work, congregational youth ministry was all ...

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We Have a Plan…

Last week, the Network’s Board of Directors had a final, online discussion, and voted to approve the new strategic plan for the ELCA Youth Ministry Network.  This vote comes after a year of development that included prayer and conversation, writing, editing, re-writing, more editing, release of drafts, feedback, rewriting, writing, and so on and so ...

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Dr. Rollie Martinson Retires from Luther Seminary

The following letter was released today by Luther Seminary: Dear President Foss, I write to inform you of my decision to retire June 30, 2013. While many personal and professional considerations surround my retiring at the end of this academic year, the timing of the decision is primarily informed by my commitment to joining others ...

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New Membership Options

The Network is excited to introduce two new membership level options!  First, let’s be clear:  we are a membership based organization.   In other words, the bulk of the funds needed to do what we do come from the members.  We do receive some funds from our specific Network partners, but they tend to be ...

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Being Made New

There is change happening in the church.  Maybe it’s a new awareness…perhaps it’s a new reformation…I’m not sure what to call it.  But something is different.  There are new conversations taking place.  There are new questions being asked.  When I enter into conversations with those who do ministry alongside young people and their families, the ...

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There are not words…

Extravaganza 2013 is in the history books!   And, it was a great event.  We’re in the process of collecting the evaluation forms now, and we’ll take a lot of time going through them.  But overall, the immediate feedback we have received has been very positive, and we’re happy for how it all went. The ...

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The Tom Hunstad Award Presented to Lisa Jeffreys!

Text from Rev. Larry Wagner’s presentation: While tonight’s announcement regarding the recipient of the 2013 Tommy Award won’t be covered by any of the major networks, and it won’t likely be printed in the morning edition of the LA Times, it matters deeply to those of us who are gathered in this ballroom tonight.  One ...