Tag: Volunteer

What Does the Network Look Like?

I’m asked every year, “Who is the Extravaganza for?” My stock answer:  “Well, it’s for everyone…especially for people who work in faith formation with young people and their families.” It’s not the most satisfying answer, I get that.  But it’s truth.  We work to create an event that connects with as many people as possible.  ...

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Congregations Hosting Groups Database: We’re Starting Over!

For years, the Network has made available to Network members a database of congregations that are willing to host traveling youth groups who are on their way to a camp, mission trip, youth gathering or other experience. We are making two significant changes in this database: First, we are wiping that database out and starting ...

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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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Dr. Rollie Martinson Retires from Luther Seminary

The following letter was released today by Luther Seminary: Dear President Foss, I write to inform you of my decision to retire June 30, 2013. While many personal and professional considerations surround my retiring at the end of this academic year, the timing of the decision is primarily informed by my commitment to joining others ...

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There are not words…

Extravaganza 2013 is in the history books!   And, it was a great event.  We’re in the process of collecting the evaluation forms now, and we’ll take a lot of time going through them.  But overall, the immediate feedback we have received has been very positive, and we’re happy for how it all went. The ...

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Who We Are

In the last couple of weeks of November, we did a demographic survey of our Network members.  We e-mailed our members, inviting them to take the online survey sometime over a period of two weeks.  We had a good response to the invitation.  Our response rate was 52%. There are two reasons we did the ...

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Lookin’ for a Little Help

The Network is looking for someone who is willing to take on the role as a liaison to advertisers for the Connect Journal.  This volunteer role is very important.  Our approach to how we handle “business” mirrors our philosophy on ministry:  We are relational.  We believe in developing relationships with our friends have have resources ...