Announcement: Extravaganza 2021 and 2022

Watch the video announcement, or read below: Hello friends, Thank you for your patience as we’ve been working to figure out how to fulfill the mission of the Network and the Extravaganza in a pandemic world. For the last several months we have been focusing on two questions: “How can we be helpful to people ...

The Network Releases Statement on Race, Inclusion and Ministry

Note:  Over the last two months, the Network Board of Directors has engaged in deep listening and conversation around issues of race, justice and inclusivity.  While these conversations have been a part of the board’s agenda for years, the events surrounding the killing of George Floyd, and the subsequent events and conversations, increased our focus ...

The Network Board of Directors Welcomes Matthew Lovett as its Newest Member

The ELCA Youth Ministry Network Board of Directors is excited to welcome Matthew Lovett as its newest member.  Matthew will be filling the position vacated by Kinda Makini-Anderson.  This term runs until February of 2022, when Matthew will be eligible to be reappointed to the board. Matthew lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up as ...

An All New, All Digital Connect Journal

Dear friends, I hope that you and your family, friends and congregations are doing well. The Network is making some important changes regarding the Connect Journal.  Effective today, we have moved the journal to a “digital only” format. You can find our new digital version of the journal by going toConnectJournal.org.We are making this change to ...

New Auto-Renewing Memberships Available

Well, finally! It’s been on our wish list for awhile now.  We’ve always wanted to give people the option of having their Network memberships “auto-renew.”  And now our software and our credit card system are on “speaking terms.” Remembering to renew your membership is just one of those hassles that we’d rather avoid.  And when ...

An Update from this Week’s Board Meeting

Dear Network friends, The ELCA Youth Ministry Network’s Board of Directors met this week for its regular spring meeting and had good conversation and made some important decisions in the life of the Network that I wanted to share with you. The meeting was originally scheduled to happen at the ELCA offices in Chicago.  Because ...

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 ...

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