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  • 15 Aug 2017 7:11 AM | Todd Buegler (Administrator)

    The ELCA Youth Ministry Network is seeking nominations of people who are qualified and willing to serve on the Network’s Board of Directors.

    The Network’s Board is responsible for the setting the vision and goals for the Network, and works with the Executive Director to live in to that vision.  The Board meets face-to-face three times during the year, once in the fall, again just prior to the Extravaganza and then again in the Spring.  <Read more...>


  • 22 Jun 2017 1:40 PM | Todd Buegler (Administrator)

    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 plan for vocational, skill and ministry development, and the Network will provide the resources for the creation and tracking of those plans.

     The Network will use a familiar platform in executing its strategic plan... <Read More>


  • 04 May 2017 11:55 AM | Todd Buegler (Administrator)

    This summer, hundreds of our congregations, maybe even thousands, will load up planes, trains and automobiles and head out on summer trips.  Destinations will include Bible camps, work camps, mission trip sites, national parks, music festivals and more.  And almost all of us will remember to pack a trip first-aid kit prior to departing to deal with cuts, bruises, scrapes, bumps and the occasional more significant injuries.

    But are you confident in how to use the kit?  <Read more...>


  • 04 Apr 2017 10:00 PM | Todd Buegler (Administrator)

    Most ELCA congregations work on their budgets in the fall.  Program budgets...salaries...benefits...all get worked out in the fall.  So we've got a "great deal" for you.  Invest a little bit of time right now...probably no more than 5-15 minutes, and you'll be better equipped for these important conversations in the fall.

    Your friends and colleagues in ministry need your help!

    Read more...


  • 02 Mar 2017 10:09 PM | Todd Buegler (Administrator)

    The Network's Salary Survey is now open and we are receiving survey forms!  

    The salary survey has, since 2001, been a great tool for individuals and congregations as they work together to ensure fair and appropriate salary compensation.  Read more...


  • 29 Jan 2017 8:51 PM | Todd Buegler (Administrator)

    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.  <Read more...>

  • 07 Jan 2017 9:18 PM | Todd Buegler (Administrator)

    Spiritual Direction will be available as an option at Extravaganza 2017.  Bill and Carolyn Kees, who have received certification as spiritual directors, will be with us at the E and providing these services.  

    We asked Bill to describe Spiritual Direction.  He wrote that:

    "Every human being and community has a sacred story. The challenge is waking up to it, and beginning to live consciously from it. We assist individuals in ‘listening to their life’ for this deeper dimension.

    We call this holy listening - or it can also be called spiritual direction or companionship - which evokes awareness of the ways God/Spirit/Christ/Holy Mystery moves in everyday life. An ongoing connection with a spiritual director helps people notice and respond to the presence and invitation of the Sacred in growing freedom and deepening relationship.

    It is our desire that this one-time experience might lead you to engage this journey by finding a spiritual companion in your community.  We will have information on how to do that."

    To register for a session of Spiritual Direction with either Bill or Carolyn, please visit the sign up page.


  • 16 Nov 2016 8:27 PM | Todd Buegler (Administrator)

    Rev. Scott Maxwell-Doherty, who has done amazing work over the last 12 years giving leadership to the Extravaganza Team, has chosen to step down from his position, following Extravaganza 2017 in Louisville.   Read more...

  • 20 Oct 2016 8:11 AM | Todd Buegler (Administrator)

    At Extravaganza 2017, we'll have the opportunity to screen a brand new documentary called "No Joke."  It's a film about 3 religious leaders from Peoria, Illinois, a Jewish rabbi, a Muslim Imam and a Christian pastor, who have all become close friends.  And it's about how their understanding of each other's faiths, and their approach to interfaith conversation has been shifted by their friendship.  Read more...



  • 02 Oct 2016 3:49 PM | Todd Buegler (Administrator)

    The Practice Discipleship (PD) Initiative has been one of the most powerful and influential faith formation ministries to take hold in the ELCA in the last 30 years.  This is not exaggeration, nor is it hyperbole.  It’s just real.

    Literally tens of thousands of people have participated in training and education for leadership in congregational faith formation since the program began as a part of the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering.  <Read more...>


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