Tag: Practice Discipleship

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Because Everybody Needs a Plan

If you ask anyone who has been doing ministry with children, youth and families in ELCA congregations for awhile, they will be able to tell you that there has been a significant change in the culture of our community over the last 20 years. Children, youth and family ministers share resources, give mutual support and ...

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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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Trending

Over time, I’ve noticed that ministry with those in the first third of life seems to be kind of “trend driven.”  There are new ministry concepts…thoughts and ideas that tend to bubble up.  They become a big deal…they become mainstream…they fade…they are replaced… When I first started doing this work, congregational youth ministry was all ...

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We Have a Plan…

Last week, the Network’s Board of Directors had a final, online discussion, and voted to approve the new strategic plan for the ELCA Youth Ministry Network.  This vote comes after a year of development that included prayer and conversation, writing, editing, re-writing, more editing, release of drafts, feedback, rewriting, writing, and so on and so ...

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Being Made New

There is change happening in the church.  Maybe it’s a new awareness…perhaps it’s a new reformation…I’m not sure what to call it.  But something is different.  There are new conversations taking place.  There are new questions being asked.  When I enter into conversations with those who do ministry alongside young people and their families, the ...

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The Tom Hunstad Award Presented to Lisa Jeffreys!

Text from Rev. Larry Wagner’s presentation: While tonight’s announcement regarding the recipient of the 2013 Tommy Award won’t be covered by any of the major networks, and it won’t likely be printed in the morning edition of the LA Times, it matters deeply to those of us who are gathered in this ballroom tonight.  One ...

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Introducing: The Network App!

We’re really excited about this! Today, the Network introduces our new mobile app!  For both the Android and Apple (iOS) platforms, this app is awesome! Features include! A “live” events calendar Direct feed of the Network blog A directory of Network leadership A media library Network News A “prayer wall.”  Post prayer requests, and respond! ...