Tag: vocation

Leadership Competencies: A New Take

  A few years ago, the Network introduced our first set of “Standards and Guidelines” for professionals who work in children, youth and family ministry.  The idea was that there should be some kind of standards for how we grow and develop in our ministry, and for how we practice our ministry on a day-to-day ...

Network Revises Standards and Guidelines

The ELCA Youth Ministry Network’s Board of Directors has completed a one-year process to revise and update its “Standards and Guidelines for Professionals” document. The original version of our Standards and Guidelines was created and released in 2011,  It helped to give shape to the professional development of those who are called to serve with ...

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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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Transition

Life has been pretty much a whirlwind in the last few weeks.  As has been noted on the Network’s Facebook page, Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna, Minnesota has extended a call for me to come and serve as a pastor.  After a lot of conversations, thought and prayer, I have decided to accept this call. ...

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Thinking about Vocation: ThinkMinistry.org

Part of our call as adults who work with young people is to watch for those who we think might have gifts to serve in ministry, and then to assist them in discerning their call, and encouraging them to develop their gifts to serve.  Having just experienced the ELCA Youth Gathering (more about that later), ...