Tag: Extravaganza

Maximizing Your Extravaganza and Network Value

We know that there is a commitment to being a part of the ELCA Youth Ministry Network, and an even bigger commitment when one comes to the Extravaganza.  They both take time, and financial resources. And we know that when you talk to your supervisor, or your church council, or whoever approves spending, and you ...

All New Network App Released!

The Extravaganza evaluation results from the 2018 event confirmed what we already suspected.  The Network’s mobile app, which had been pretty ‘cutting-edge’ when it was first released, wasn’t keeping up with our growing needs at the Extravaganza, or with new technologies.  Parts of it could be complicated to navigate, and we couldn’t include enough of ...

New Documentary: “Social Animals” to be Screened at Extravaganza

Each year at Extravaganza we screen a movie. This year’s film is “Social Animals.” A daredevil photographer, an aspiring swimsuit model, and a midwest girl next door are all looking for the same things from their Instagram accounts––a little love, acceptance and, of course, fame––and they’ll do just about anything to get it. With an ...

Disrupted Through Education

The vision of the Network is to see a future where children, youth and family ministry in the ELCA flourishes and becomes ever stronger through Renewal, Education, and Connection. Education happens as each of us are pushed to think beyond the way we currently do things to see how we might do things. The kinds ...

In Memory of Debbie Zaic

If you’ve attended the Extravaganza in the last…probably ten years, there is a pretty good chance that you were welcomed and greeted at the registration table by Debbie Zaic. Debbie and I worked together at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove.  She was hired there in 2001, and provided administrative support and served ...

“Why I’m Going to Extravaganza 2018”

Special Guest Blogger:  Ian McConnell; Student at Luther Seminary in St. Paul. It was in a hotel ballroom in Anaheim maybe a decade ago that I heard for the first time, “Use this time however you need it. For renewal. For networking. For napping. For being away from a hectic work environment. For fun, for ...

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Our Hearts Break for Houston

Every time an image of the flooding comes across my newsfeed, or my TV screen, my heart breaks a little bit.  The images of the interstates completely submerged…of homes deep in water…and of people awaiting rescue takes my breath away. And like many of you, my mind turns immediately to friends who live and work ...