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 Region 3 Practice Discipleship Retreat:
Aug. 24-26, 2014
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Region 3 Practice Discipleship Retreat
Practice Discipleship Events
Hunger Training Event
Middle School Gathering
Synod Journey/ELCA Youth Gathering
Discipleship Challenge
Continuing Ed Events - More New Events!
Youth Ministry Positions
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
July 8, 2014

Remember when you were a kid and you made the huge audacious list of things you just HAD to do during summer vacation? So what's on your list these days? Here are my top 5 I wish for every one of you:

5. Register for the Region 3 Practice Discipleship Retreat. It's going to be a mini-Extravaganza in our own neck of the woods, with colleagues in children, youth and family ministry to learn, play and worship alongside! Even in summer, it's important to take time to grow!

4. Swim in a lake. Or paddle a canoe. Play and enjoy our outdoors!

3. Read a good book. Perhaps not even on ministry! But if you want a good ministry book, here's and interesting title recommendation I got from Terri Elton - Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Emerging Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith by Sharon Daloz Parks.

2. Laugh with a friend. Chat over ice cream. Take time to be with those you love.

1. Take time for sabbath rest. Hopefully that comes in a well deserved, renewing vacation away from home. But if you can't get time can you still get time "away" to rest, renew...and let God fill your cup for the year to come?


Together in Christ, 

Coordinator of Youth Ministry
Region 3 Practice Discipleship Retreat

August 24-26, 2014

Luther Crest Bible Camp: Alexandria, MN 


The Region 3 Practice Disciple Coaches are hosting a Practice Discipleship Retreat at Luther Crest Bible Camp in Alexandria, MN August 24-26. The retreat is geared toward people who work with First Third ministries and that applies to ANYONE (volunteers, church council, paid staff, whomever)!


The Practice Discipleship Initiative is a ministry of the ELCA Youth Ministry Network and is in its third year. This year's theme is Frame and it looks at different ways our faith and the way we view things are "framed." There are six pieces of curriculum that will be led by the Practice Discipleship teams and will help you frame your ministry.


The retreat cost is $75 for a cabin stay (provide your own bedding) or $110 for a stay in the retreat center.  Cost includes lodging and meals! 


Visit for more information and to sign-up for the retreat!

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

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. Click here for details and to register for the Region 3 Retreat.  


Click here for more info and to register! 
Full and partial scholarships are available for all events! Email Catherine Anderson to request a scholarship. 
Hunger Training Event
September 20, 2014
9am - 3pm
Salem Lutheran Church, Deerwood

Learn how to address hunger issues in your community and how to get more involved! Two adults and two youth from every synod congregation is invited and encouraged to attend! Sponsored by the NE MN Synod Hunger, Justice and Rural Life Concerns Committee.

For more information and to register for this FREE event, click here.
Middle School Gathering
November 21-22, 2014 OR 
November 22-23, 2014 
Grades 6-9, Cragun's Resort 

Join nearly 1000 middle school youth and adults for the for a weekend of fun, friends, learning, laughing, play, worship and so much more! The theme for 2014 is "Forever" - in the Sacraments we are FOREVER given our identity as child of God, and we are strengthened in that relationship FOREVER!

For more information and to download registration forms, visit  
The Synod Journey to the
2015 ELCA Youth Gathering
Synod Journey Forms!   

All worksheets and forms are now posted for the Synod Journey at - click on "Registration Forms." Registration opens for the Synod Journey on September 19! 


Pre-Registration Information

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
Youth Director  
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Duluth
Experience working with youth & adults & involvement in life of a congregation. Planning, programming, supervising. 20 hrs/wk. Mail cover letter & resume to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Attn: Exec. Director,  410 N. Arlington Ave., Duluth, MN 55811; or

Director of Youth and Family Ministry
First Lutheran Church, Duluth
First Lutheran in Duluth is seeking a Fulltime Director of Youth and Family Ministry. Job description and details will be forthcoming at For more information, contact Pastor Becky Wagner at 218-728-3668. 
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