3rd Tuesday Conversation Relaunches as a Podcast

Next week, 3rd Tuesday Conversation is rebooting and relaunching as a podcast. Every month since March of 2010, the Network has produced 3rd Tuesday Conversation.  After the first 3 or 4 months, where we literally recorded a conference call (like…on the phone…) we transitioned to online webinars.  68 episodes later, experts in the field, teachers ...

Stephanie Joy Coltvet Erdmann

I just don’t have words today. Stephanie Joy Coltvet Erdmann died last night from complications following heart surgery. Stephanie loved her husband Paul completely Stephanie was completely dedicated to her 3 beautiful children Stephanie was an amazing and gifted pastor Stephanie cared about all people, and had a special heart for those who were disenfranchised ...

Leadership: Seeking Nominations for the Network Board

(Please click here to get more detailed information on the nomination process and/or to make a nomination) The longer that I work in congregational ministry, the more I believe that leadership is one of our critical issues.  Identifying, raising up and supporting leaders in our congregations is essential to developing healthy cultures and growing congregations.  ...

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 ...

With Deep Sorrow…

Dear friends, It is with deep sorrow that I write to let you know about the death of one of our network members, and a friend and colleague to many.  Rachel Coen-Tuff died on Saturday while with her family at their cabin.  The family has communicated that it was the result of a pulmonary embolism. ...

The History of the Youth Gathering

The ELCA Youth Gathering has a long history, and an even longer lineage, going back to 1902.  Do you think that the Youth Gathering will be coming to Minneapolis in 2021 for the first time?  Think again.  This will be the 14th time that this event will be held in the City of Lakes. Thanks ...

3 Words on the Youth Gathering

Wow.  Just wow. There are only 3 thoughts I can share right now. Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you:  Gifted, talented and beloved.  For your time and energy, we are grateful.  On behalf of all of us, thank you. Thanks be to God. Jesus changes everything. Peace, Todd

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