Tag: ELCA

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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Network Strategic Plan + Practice Discipleship Structure = Something Brand New

The ELCA Youth Ministry Network’s strategic plan has taken a huge step forward. Approved in February, it has the ambitious goal that “every Network member will create and live into a plan that deepens their skills and identity in ministry.” This goal means that every member of the Network will engage in developing a personalized ...

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The Hope I Have for the Church

Special guest blog by: Rev. Paul Amlin Today is Paul Amlin’s last day in his role as Program Director for Youth Ministry in our ELCA Churchwide Offices.  Over the last four years, Paul has worked tirelessly to support adults working with youth, and leadership development for young people.  Paul begins a new call March 1 ...

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What’s the Plan with Practice Discipleship?

The Practice Discipleship (PD) Initiative has been one of the most powerful and influential faith formation ministries to take hold in the ELCA in the last 30 years.  This is not exaggeration, nor is it hyperbole.  It’s just real. Literally tens of thousands of people have participated in training and education for leadership in congregational faith formation ...

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10 Tips for a Great ELCA Youth Gathering

In just a few weeks, in journeys that make the Exodus out of Egypt pale in logistical comparison, 30,000 people are going to load buses, planes and vans and head to Detroit for the ELCA Youth Gathering.  It’s going to be 5 days (plus travel, plus side trips) of amazing opportunities for all involved to ...

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Why You Should Watch the Live Stream from Detroit (and ideas for doing so)

Guest blog post by Rev. Paul Amlin, Program Director for Youth Ministry; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Chicago, Illinois I was texting back and forth with a seminary friend this morning and the topic of the ELCA Youth Gathering, Detroit, and how the Gathering will address issues like the Charleston killings and racism during our ...