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Middle School Gathering
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Discipleship Challenge
VLM Events
New Cert School
Continuing Ed Events - More New Events!
Synod YM Calendar
November 2014
21-22: Middle School Gathering
22-23: Middle School Gathering

January 2015
30 - Feb. 2: Extravaganza, Detroit

February 2015
15: LYO Applications Due
27 - March 1: Cardia Deo

July 2015
11-20: The Synod Journey

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) 
ELCA Youth Gathering Links

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Get Networked!

Youth ministry is hard work. We are strengthened 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 Trinity Lutheran College  Certificate in Children, Youth & Family Ministry The 3-week program is open to staff, pastors, and volunteers looking for in-depth training in congregational ministry leadership. Find details at

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.  
December 12, 2014

At a recent meeting in Detroit, Lisa Jeffreys, the Team Leader for the Proclaim Justice (service) day that will happen at the ELCA Youth Gathering shared that when she first started her planning she met with a group of organizations with whom she hoped to partner for the servant events. She explained all the work Gathering participants did in 2009 and 2012 in New Orleans, she described the masses of orange shirts in neighborhoods as they worked, she shared the passion youth bring to a city. When she finished, she looked up to a silent room of faces she couldn't read. So she continued - "It's going to be great! They want to serve and learn from all of you. They're super excited to come!" After another long pause, one of the leaders in the room finally spoke up. "This is really nice, Lisa. But they won't come. People always tell us they will come, but in the end they don't show up."


During Advent we wait. We watch. We wonder. Will God show up? Can God break through whatever darkness we find ourselves in? We wait with the shepherds on a dark night...will God show up? We watch with the magi following a star because of a prophecy...will God show up? We wonder with the people of Detroit working to change its course...will God show up? We wait with the homeless and those trying to climb out of poverty...will God show up? We watch with those whose hearts have been broken with grief...will God show up? We wonder with youth who face bullies on a daily basis...will God show up?


Yes, we wait. We watch. We wonder. We do so with hope, because we know that we DO have a God who shows up. In the unexpected places. To the unexpected people. To do unexpected things with unexpected love. May you remember the hope and promise of Immanuel - God With Us - a God who shows up, this season...and throughout the seasons of your life and ministry.

Together in Christ,  

Catherine Anderson 

Coordinator of Youth Ministry
Middle School Gathering

Nearly 900 youth and adult leaders gathered for the NE MN Synod Middle School Gathering in November. Under the theme, "Forever" and with speaker David Scherer (Agape), youth learned about the sacraments and their identity as a child of God. $1500 was collected during the offering to support the synod's 2 young adult leaders serving with YAGM this year: David Zastrow, serving in South Africa, an Andrea Wright, serving in the United Kingdom.


THANK YOU to the many, many congregations and individuals who invested in these young people by giving crosses for the event! Participants were able to choose a cross, then proceed to a communion station where they were given a personal note from members across our synod sharing why knowing they are a child of God makes a difference in their lives. A final blessing was given, "God loves you just as you are, no matter what, FOREVER!"

Cardia Deo

February 27 - March 1, 2014 Cardia Deo Logo
Grades 9-12 


We are Called, Gathered, Equipped and Sent to share the Heart of God (Cardia Deo) in the world. This year we focus on what it means to be EQUIPPED. Bible studies led by the LYO Board, servant learning, worship, mustery event, camp life and an adult track led by the treat chaplain (Pastor Marty Hancer) all make this event a deeply meaningful, fun and faith-nurturing event.
Registration opens January 1!
Early Registration: $115, postmarked on or before Jan. 31
Late Registration: $135, postmarked on or after Feb. 1

More information and Registration Forms... 
NE MN Synod Discipleship Challenge!
The faith practice focus for November is 


Dig Deep Together on a Faith Journey to...
KNOW the Story
         BE the Story
               TELL the Story
  ...of Christ's Love in the World!

October Resources:
Serve Teaser Video
Serve Bishop Challenge Video
Serve Discussion Guide
Serve Family Discussion Guide
Serve Children's Discussion Guide 
Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) Board
Applications now Online! LYO
Open to youth currently in grades 9-11
Applications Due February 15, 2014

The LYO Board is a leadership development opportunity for youth and adults who are already leaders in their congregations, and are ready for that next step of leading on a larger and deeper level with more responsibility and opportunities to share their faith. The LYO Board has HIGH expectations of its members, and requires full participation in its training camp, meetings and events. Why? The synod relies on the LYO to provide quality, faith-filled events for 1,000 middle school youth and 200 high school youth each year - it's a big responsibility!


For job descriptions and expectations, meeting dates, and application forms, visit Applications and recommendation forms are due February 15, 2014!

January 10, 2015 
Brooklyn Park 

Recharge is a children's and youth ministry conference where every ministry worker and volunteer will learn, be renewed and be motivated to continue in ministry. It's an inspiring day that focuses on encouraging and equipping leaders who are impacting the lives of kids. If you are in ministry - this day is for you.

Click here for more information and to register.
Youth Ministry Positions
Director of Youth and Family Ministry
Elim Lutheran Church, Duluth

Elim Lutheran Church, Duluth is seeking a full-time Director of Youth and Family Ministry to partner with Elim's pastor in planning and leading all youth activities and events at Elim. Applicants must be energetic, enthusiastic, and committed to their Christian faith. Experience in planning, organizing and executing youth activities preferred; also motivated to incorporate families into the spiritual life of the congregation and into the lives of our youth. Elim has an active congregation with an established music and youth program. For more info: 
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.

Vibrant Faith Ministries
Online learning, coaching. Tons of free resources on the Faith Formation Learning Exchange!
The Faith Formation Learning Exchange has been updated - check it out! 
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