Upcoming deadlines and events to watch for:
in and around
NE MN Synod
Encourage your young people and families to go to camp next summer!
Luther Crest Bible Camp
Luther Park Bible Camp
Voyaguers Lutheran Ministries
Wilderness Canoe Base
Journeys(Listing and links for all ELCA Outdoor Ministries)
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Youth ministry is hard work. We are strengthed personally and professionally when we get together regularly to share our stories, swap ideas, learn from each other and lean on each other. Make time this month to join in on one of these network opportunities, or have coffee with a youth worker near you!
Duluth Area Network Meetings:
Second Thursday of Every Month, 10:00am
Beaner's in West Duluth
Contact Debbie Alm for more info.
Brainerd Area Network Meetings:
Second Thursday of Every Month, 10:00am
Caribou Coffee on Hwy 371
Contact Stacy Johnson for more info.
| Cert Schools|
|Sponsored by |
Vibrant Faith Ministries and Wartburg Seminary
This week-long training experience is supplemented by five weeks of online training. For dates and more information please contact Jim LaDoux
at 877-239-2492 or click here
This two year program covers the key areas of youth ministry leadership with a personal component that will help you grow as a leader in your particular context.
For more information, click here.
It's starting to snow. Again. I needed a pick me up today. I thought you could use one too...
|Kid President's Letter To A Person On Their First Day Here|
Breathing is amazing. Take brain pictures, because something amazing will happen every day. You are made to spread love. It's ok about all the mess ups. We're really glad you're here.
Live like it.
Together in Christ,
Coordinator of Youth Ministry
The Synod Journey to the
2015 ELCA Youth Gathering
The spring information/training meetings will help you prepare for the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering and the Synod Journey. These meetings include up to date information on the both events, registration details, timelines, expectations, and youth ministry training to equip adults to journey with their young people. Whether this is your first time bringing a group to the Gathering or you tenth, these info meetings are a must!
April 27: Elim Lutheran Church, Duluth
April 29: Online Webinar (You MUST register to participate!)
May 2: Bethelehem Lutheran Church, BrainerdPlease help with planning by registering here.
All info/training meetings are FREE!
Framing Failure With Forgiveness
FREE Practice Discipleship Webinar
! Thursday, April 101:00pm Central Time Presenter:
Colleen Windham-Hughes, California Lutheran College
Life and ministry tend to place many demands upon us all. We often feel like failures in one or more areas of our lives. The world seems to frame us with expectations of perfection and success but God's grace frames us with forgiveness. This session will remind you of this truth and give you practical ways to live into that forgiveness and share it with others. Click here to register.
This webinar is FREE, but you need to register to receive your link. Not available at this time?
All Practice Discipleship webinars are recorded and posted at www.practicediscipleship.org
to view at a later time.
Making Churches Safe Sanctuaries
for Children and Youth
April 8, 2014
9:30 - 11:30am
Salem Lutheran Church, Hermantown
4715 Hermantown Rd.
The Lake Superior Conference invites all pastors and lay workers to join their monthly meeting for this important conversation on church safety policies for working with children and youth. Led by Pastor Karen Bockelman.
Region 3 Practice Discipleship Retreat
Save the Date!
Aug. 24-26, 2014
Luther Crest Bible Camp
Join volunteer and professional youth ministry leaders from Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota for a retreat filled with learning around the 2014 Practice Discipleship theme, "Frame" - along with networking, worship, food, fun...and rumors of massages!
More info to come!
|Discipleship Challenge: Love Like Jesus!|
The Discipleship Challenge is about deepening our faith practices and developing leaders, as we strive to follow and love like Jesus on a daily basis.
The faith practice focus for April is
|Youth Ministry Salary Survey|
One of the tools that the ELCA Youth Ministry Network has produced over the last 15 years is the annual salary survey. The survey is an indicator (not the only indicator...but certainly an important one!) of the health and well-being of our congregations in their approach to children, youth and family ministry.
The survey is also an important tool for congregations and those who work with children, youth and families as they go about planning and budgeting for the future. You can use this tool as you enter into conversations with your congregation about salaries and overall compensation.
The survey is for FT, PT and Volunteer youth leaders who have primary leadership responsibilities for children, youth and/or family ministry in their congregation...every voice is needed!
Take the survey now!
|Voyaguers Lutheran Ministry Events|
Family Overnight and Work Day
Friday, April 25-26 at Camp Hiawatha
Friday, May 16-17 at Camp Vermilion
Spend time at camp and help us get ready for the summer. Come Friday night for dinner at 6:30, followed by games, campfire and fellowship throughout the evening. After breakfast on Saturday, explore the camps on your own or join in on our annual Work Day. This is open to everyone - families, youth, adults! The event is free if you help with Work Day; $50 per family if you don't stay for Work Day. Please RSVP by April 22 if you plan to join us -
vlm@VLMcamps.org or 800-331-5148.
Children, Youth and Family Director Gathering
Thursday, May 1 at Camp Hiawatha
10am - 2pm
Join other CYF workers from around the synod for conversation and idea sharing. This day is a chance to network with others, share best practices, ask those tough questions, and remember why we do what we do. Lunch is included. There is no charge to participants. Contact Gretchen at gretchen@VLMcamps.org or 218-780-4116 if you plan to attend.
|Continuing Education Events Beyond Our Synod|
Our synod is located just hours away from some of the top youth ministry training in the nation! Click on the organizations below for a complete listing of training opportunities!
Offers 3 hour, one day, intensive and certificate programs.
EveryDay / Peer Ministry / Marilyn Sharpe Ministries
|Youth Ministry Positions|
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church is seeking someone to reach out to children and their families through activities that promote a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and involvement in the church. Primary focus for this position will be on students from birth through grade 6 and their families through the planning and implementation of age-appropriate activities that promote faith development through education, service, worship and fellowship activities. A primary responsibility includes walking alongside a core group of dedicated and highly competent volunteers. Interested persons should send a cover letter and resume to Martha Herbert at firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to ORLC, 825 Golf Ave. SW, Pine City, MN 55063. Application deadline: Monday, April 14, 2014
Children's Ministry Director
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Pine City