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 Do you have high school youth who want to dig deep in theology?
Check out the Theology Institutes at
Augsburg College
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Synod Journey/ELCA Youth Gathering
Theological Institutes
Region 3 Practice Discipleship Retreat
Discipleship Challenge
Continuing Ed Events - More New Events!
Outdoor Ministries
in and around
NE MN Synod
Encourage your young people and families to go to camp next summer!

Camp Amnicon

Camp Onomia

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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Get Networked!

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 Deb Westerberg 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.

Sponsored by
Youth Leadership 

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
May 8, 2014

The Synod gathered in Assembly last weekend. I invite you to read the report I gave to the Assembly, and view the Powerpoint. The Practice Discipleship Team also led "Framing Life Biblically." You can watch a recording of the webinar that was done of this session at

Together in Christ, 

Catherine Anderson 

Coordinator of Youth Ministry
The Synod Journey to the
2015 ELCA Youth Gathering
Pre-Registration Info!   

Did you miss the Spring Training Meetings for the 2015 Synod Journey and ELCA Youth Gathering? The recorded webinar, PowerPoints and other handouts and resources are now available at


May 15 is an important Gathering date! The new Gathering website goes live with registration details, financial assistance applications, and volunteer opportunity applications. Check out for more information!

Theology Institutes for High School Youth
Augsburg College Youth Theology Institute
June 15 - 20, 2014
"Christian Community in the Internet Age"
Does technology enhance or hinder our experience of Christian community?
We will spend the week wrestling with these questions as we explore the intersection of faith and technology in the vibrant urban culture of Augsburg College.
Application Deadline is May 16!
Visit for more info!

Wartburg Youth Leadership School 2014

June 15-21, 2014

Dubuque, IA

"Who Has God Created You To Be?"

Through the setting of an intentional Christian community, youth participants will be challenged to live out the Gospel and ask themselves, "How am I being called to lead?" Our seminary faculty and students serve as guides as they walk alongside the youth through experiential education, Biblical and theological study, dynamic worship, service and community life. Youth will experience a range of perspectives from the Wartburg campus to 30 feet up in the air as they step out in faith on our High Ropes Adventure Course.

Click here for more information. 
Region 3 Practice Discipleship Retreat

Save the Date!

Aug. 24-26, 2014

Luther Crest Bible Camp 

Alexandria, MN   

EVERYONE Invited!  

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.

A new series of resources will begin again in September. The videos and discussion guides from the last two years are still available at - they make for great summer Bible studies and resources!
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!
Youth Leadership

Offers 3 hour, one day, intensive and certificate programs.


EveryDay / Peer Ministry / Marilyn Sharpe Ministries

Living Room Summit, Peer Ministry Leadership Camps and trainings, Coaching.

Peer Ministry Leadership Camps
Luther Park Bible Camp in Danbury, WI:
High School Camp: August 1-4, 2014
Early Teen Camp: August 4-7, 2014

Vibrant Faith Ministries
Online learning, coaching. Tons of free resources on the Faith Formation Learning Exchange!

21st Century Faith Formation Training Event

May 13-15, 2014: Minneapolis
Learn how to develop Christian faith formation for all ages and generations in a digital, connected world.
You are welcome to copy and use any of the information or writings above for use in your newsletters and other communications.

If you have any questions regarding any of these events, please contact me at the number and addresses listed below.

Catherine Anderson
Coordinator of Youth Ministry


Phone: 218.724.4424, ext. 124
Fax: 218.724.4393