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January 29, 2017

Congregations Hosting Groups Database: We’re Starting Over!

by tbuegler

groupsleepingchurch_newFor years, the Network has made available to Network members a database of congregations that are willing to host traveling youth groups who are on their way to a camp, mission trip, youth gathering or other experience.

We are making two significant changes in this database:

First, we are wiping that database out and starting from scratch!

There are two reasons for this:

  1. We are changing to a different database provider that is much more cost effective.  Unfortunately, it’s not possible to “bulk export” the data into our new database provider.  It uses a different programming language and it’s not transferrable.
  2. Even more importantly, as we’ve looked at the data we’ve collected we’ve realized that much of the information, especially with contact info, is out of date.

The best (and simplest) solution is going to be to wipe out the database and start over, so our information is as current as possible.

Second, we are making the database available to everyone.  

At least for awhile, we want to make this tool available to anyone who needs it.  So beginning today, it will not be limited to Network members.  We think this is an important enough tool that we want everyone to have access to it.

Please go to http://www.elcaymnet.org/congregationshosting to add your congregation’s info, if you’re willing to host.

Thanks for being a part of the Network!
Todd

Todd Buegler
Executive Director, ELCA Youth Ministry Network

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