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Updated Network App Released!

IMG_1638A major update to the Network’s mobile app has been released for both the Apple iOS and for Android.  The iPad version of the app will be released next week.

Click here to download the app.

In addition to making the app a little quicker and squashing some “bugs,” the new app adds several different features that we are very excited about.

  • In the events section, the app now has the capacity of “RSVPing” for the event, as well as adding it into your personal calendar with the click of a single button.
  • The Network blog will continue to be connected and feed directly into the Network app, so that you can stay updated with the latest news from the Network.
  • The app adds a directory, of those who have also createdIMG_1639 profiles within the app, so you can network with each other quickly and easily.
  • Perhaps the most remarkable addition to the app is the addition of the “Prayer Requests” page, where you can post your own prayer requests for the community to
    gather around.  This allows us to continue to support each other, wherever we are!
  • We now have the ability to post documents directly into the app!  We can post ministry tools and updates there for you to access!
  • We’ve added links to MartinsList and the Network site directly into the app menu.

Our goal is to make it even easier to network with each other!

Note:  When setting the app up for the first time, it will ask you to create a profile.  This allows you then to access and add to the prayer wall.  This is not the same as your network web site log in.  You will need to create a new username and password (though you’re welcome to use the same one as for the Network web site to keep things easy!)

Put the Network in your pocket!  Download the Network app today!



The App is Back! (Again)

iphone5_large_NewEarlier this week, the Network’s app went back online and fully functional!  Whew…

Some of you have tracked the saga for the last six months.   But in a nutshell:

  • The company that we worked with to develop the app, iGivings, which focuses on mobile apps for congregations, went through an organizational crisis.  In short, there was a conflict between the company’s owners and the CEO that resulted in the removal of the CEO from his position.
  • The company owners wound up shutting down the app’s systems to protect the data within the app.  While this was a difficult decision for the company (it meant no revenue for them) their choice was to protect the data within the system.  We all appreciate this decision.
  • The new owners got control of the servers and the data back in September.  However, with an almost entirely new staff, the new software developers basically had to “backwards engineer” the app completely to get everything up and running.

Earlier this week, the app went live. We’ve been working to get the data all back up to date, and are glad that we’re back to 100%.

The company will continue their work, and they are working on developing a new version of the app hopefully in the first quarter of 2014, which should be cool.

So hey, if you haven’t been on the app for awhile (can’t blame you!) get back on it now!  It’s one of the primary ways we will connect and communicate upcoming stuff.  And if you have never downloaded it…go for it!  It’s great!  You can get info on it at

Most importantly is the prayer wall!  Post your prayer requests there…click the links to indicate that you’re praying.  It’s what we do as community!

Networked in Christ,



It is a simple word.  


But it means a lot.

There was a another tragedy today, this time in Chardon, Ohio.  A school shooting left (last I heard) 5 people wounded, one of whom died from the gunshot wounds.

To be honest, I was in meetings today from 8:30am almost straight through until 3:30pm.  So while I had heard that there was an incident, I knew almost none of the details.

So this afternoon when I flipped open my laptop with the hope of sorting through the chaos that is my “inbox” I flipped to Facebook and opened the Network page.  There, I saw that Diana Thompson had posted a simple message:

“Please keep in prayer the students, staff and the peoople of Chardon, Ohio. There was a school shooting this morning. One student is dead and 4 injured. Suspect is in custody. Thank you to all who work with youth and help them find hope in the midst of pain, terror and life in general.”  

And below this post was a single comment, posted by Priscilla Austin:


Such a simple, but profound response.  It indicates care, compassion, empathy and a willingness to act.

It is what church does.  When people are in need, when a community struggles, it defines both an act and a culture.

In the church, we pray for each other;  in the Network, we pray for each other.

We don’t have immediate, quick and easy solutions to guns in school, to a culture of violence, or to the personal issues or problems that affected the shooter.

But there is something that we can do.  We can pray.

My hope for our community this week is that we pray.  We pray for those in Chardon, Ohio who are suffering physically and emotionally.  We pray for the high school community there, the emergency responders and the medical professionals working with the injured.  And we pray for the staff and members of Celebration Lutheran Church, the ELCA community in Chardon.

And I hope that as a Network, we commit to praying for each other.

It’s what we do.



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

The Board at its October, 2010 meeting at Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa

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 at the congregation where I serve.

The Board meets for several reasons:

  • To practice what we preach:  We talk, we network, we pray and we support each other.
  • To learn together:  Often we have a topic/conversation/book study that we do, so that we can stay on top of our game and can learn together.  We want to be smarter about those with whom we work.
  • To do the vision and mission work of the Network:  This is the group that dreams.
  • To monitor our status:  The Board is responsible for our finances, our fundraising, the the big picture planning.  The staff does the detail work.
  • To set policy:  As we move forward, the Board creates the policy that creates the boundaries for how our organization will move forward.
There are 7 people on our Board:
  • Charlene Rollins
  • Larry Wagner
  • Valerie Samuel Taylor
  • Yvonne Steindahl
  • Mike Ward
  • Julie Miller
  • Linda Staats
In addition, there are two members who have voice but no vote:
  • Sue Rothmeyer; ELCA staff
  • Todd Buegler; Executive Director
Please keep this group in your prayers as they travel.  Please pray for a good meeting.  Please pray for a clear vision as we move forward.  Check back soon…I’ll have reports on the actions and work of the Board.