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Upcoming deadlines and events to watch for:

 Practice Discipleship "Train the Trainer" Events:
June 19 or
September 16
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In This Issue
Practice Discipleship Events
Rachel Kurtz Concert
Life-Long Learning Classes
ELCA at Valleyfair
Synod Journey/ELCA Youth Gathering
Discipleship Challenge
Continuing Ed Events - More New Events!
Youth Ministry Position
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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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 30, 2014

This summer as you say goodbye to seniors, as you prepare for transforming weeks at camp and mission trips, as you rest and renew...

"May the Lord walk behind you to encourage you,
Walk beside you and be your friend.
May he walk in front of you to show you the way,
Be above you and protect you 'till the end.
(Jay Beech Benediction) 


Together in Christ, 

Coordinator of Youth Ministry

In this season of transitions, the folks at StickyFaith have put together 20 Free Resources for various transitions.
2014 Practice Discipleship Training Events

The 2014 theme for Practice Discipleship is "Frame." 

Training events will explore biblical, theological and practical frames that can give intentionality to how we prioritize our ministries and respond to the gospel in our daily lives. 

Train the Trainer Events
June 19:Grace Lutheran, Hermantown

Sept. 16: Our Savior's Lutheran, Cloquet

Cost: $50 per congregation (unlimited number of participants) 

Bring a team of 2 or more to be equipped to lead the Practice Discipleship trainings in your congregation.


Local Day Events

Oct. 23: Camp Onomia

Nov. 4: First Lutheran, Duluth

Cost: $10 per person or $25 per congregation (unlimited participants from one congregation) 

These are open enrollment workshops for individuals or groups to attend.


Region 3 Retreat

August 24-26: Luther Crest Bible Camp

Join volunteer, paid and rostered leaders in Children, Youth and Family ministries. The retreat will include the full series of this year's "Frame" sessions along with worship with Dave Scherer (Agape), relaxation and networking. Cost and more details available by July 1. 


Click here for more info and to register! 
Full and partial scholarships are available for all events! Email Catherine Anderson to request a scholarship. 
Rachel Kurtz Concert
rachel June 13, 2014
UMD Bohannon 90, Duluth

The NE MN Synod Women of the ELCA Convention/Gathering is hosting Rachel Kurtz for their Friday evening entertainment. The concert is FREE and open to the public. Youth groups and individuals are invited to attend!

For more information on the concert or convention, click here or email Mary Jo Mettler.
Life-Long Learning Classes
The School for Lay Ministry at Luther Seminary is offering 3 classes June 23-26, 2014. You do not need to be a student in the School for Lay Ministry to attend!

Dates:  June 23-26
Location: Luther Seminary, St. Paul 
Tuition:  $100
Course hours: Mon. 1-4:30 pm; Tues.-Wed. 8:30 am - 4 pm; Thurs. 8:30-11 am  (Evenings are free)

Topics & Presenters are:
  • Ministering to Post-Confirmation Youth & Young Adults: Terri Martinson Elton
  • Images of God in the Bible: Terence Fretheim
  • Romans:  Classic Text, Contemporary Manifesto for Faith
For more information and to register, click here (then scroll to "June 23-26" and click on "School for Lay Ministry" for a drop down menu with descriptions and link to registration.) 
ELCA Day at Valleyfair
Monday, June 30, 2014   


Enjoy a day at Valleyfair at a discounted rate!

Groups of any size and age are welcome!


Click here for more information and to pre-order tickets. 

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


Registration details, financial assistance applications, and volunteer opportunity applications are now available on the ELCA Youth Gathering site at

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!
Youth Ministry Position
Children's Ministry Director 
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Pine City 
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 or via mail to ORLC, 825 Golf Ave. SW, Pine City, MN  55063.
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