Tag: Policy

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Nominations for Network Board of Directors Open

The Network is governed by a seven member Board of Directors.  (plus two non-voting members.)  The Board is responsible for setting the direction and vision of the Network, which is then carried out by a small, part-time staff and a huge, dedicated and dynamic group of almost 150 volunteer leaders. The mission of the Network? ...

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Leadership Happens

Someone recently made a comment to me about the leadership structure of the Network that piqued my curiosity.  Someone wondered how leadership was developed within the Network, and if the Network’s leadership structure was ‘insular.’  It’s a great question, and one that we need to regularly be taking a look at.  So I decided to ...

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Why We Should Care About What’s Going On in Pittsburgh This Week

“Hi, my name is Todd, and I’m a church nerd.”  “Hi Todd.” I admit it – full disclosure – I would be paying attention to what’s going on at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly anyway. I would be. These kinds of things fascinate me. How organizations function together and how decisions are made is at least ...

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Leadership Matters

Nominations open today for the Board of Directors of the ELCA Youth Ministry Network.  Two seats on the board will become available when the next term begins.  Those terms don’t begin until February 3, 2014, a long time from now.  So why are we already opening up the nomination process for terms that don’t begin ...

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AmEx is Spoken Here!

Ok, so I realize that this is not necessarily earth-shattering news…and in the scheme of things, it’s probably not a really big deal.  However, for years folks have asked us at Extravaganza registration time, “can I use my congregation’s AmEx card for this registration?  I’d like to score the miles.” The answer has always been ...

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Institutional Control

I have been wanting to write something about the crisis/fiasco at Penn State University for a few weeks.  However, to be honest, I needed to give myself some time to get my mind wrapped around the strong emotional reaction I had when the details about the allegations began to surface. I react very very strongly ...

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Board in the Air

Even as I type this, members of the ELCA Youth Ministry Network’s Board of Directors are in the air or are traveling by car to for its annual fall meeting.  We normally rotate sites for the fall meeting, and this year we’ll be meeting at the ELCA Youth Ministry Network World Headquarters (my basement) and ...