Results from the Extravaganza 2020 Evaluations

Dear friends, Thank you so much!  I am overwhelmed by the Extravaganza 2020 Evaluations you filled out.  We have completed going through the responses and creating reports for them.  The Extravaganza team leaders will meet next week in Minneapolis to review the responses and to dial in on the planning process for 2021.  I’m excited ...

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 ...

Network’s Board of Directors Announces Two New Members

At its fall board meeting, the ELCA Youth Ministry Network’s Board of Directors appointed two new people to fill vacant board positions.  The board positions will be filled by Heather Hansen and Josh Toufar. Heather Hansen is a pastor in the San Antonio, Texas area.  Most recently, she served at MacArthur Park Lutheran Church.  Heather ...

Announcing New Outdoor Ministry Partnership

The ELCA Youth Ministry Network and the Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Network have formed a new partnership that links them together for mutual support and to grow in mission. The Network has had “gold” and “silver” partnerships for a number of years, allowing for organizations, resource providers, colleges, seminaries, and other groups who share Network values to ...

Nominations Being Taken for Network Board of Directors

This winter, two new people will take on important roles on the Board of Directors of the ELCA Youth Ministry Network. Sue Megrund and Tom Schwolert will each be completing their second term at Extravaganza 2020 in Anaheim.  Board members may serve a maximum of two terms. The Board is responsible for tending to the ...

Trust, Grace and Accountability: How we think about the Roar Curriculum Problem

I’ve been paying attention to the conversations in the past 2 weeks about the Roar Curriculum, produced by Group Publishing. It reminds me of the critical obligation that those of us who practice faith formation in congregations have.  One of our basic and most important tasks is to look through any materials we receive or ...

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 ...

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