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Upcoming deadlines and events to watch for:

Cardia Deo
Early Registration Deadline is
January 31!   
In This Issue
Cardia Deo
Discipleship Challenge
LYO Board
Don't Say No Until You Know!
Young Adult Justice Pilgrimage
Summer Camp!
Youth Ministry Position
Continuing Ed Events - More New Events!
Synod YM Calendar
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.  
January 20, 2015

Why send your young people to camp? Why encourage your young adults to work at camp? This film is worth the watch to answer those questions...or use with parents to share why camp makes a difference in the faith lives of our young people!

A Short Film About Camp
A Short Film About Camp

A week at camp is a foundational faith experience for youth of all ages. And YOU, the adult leaders and mentors in their lives, can make all the difference in helping them get there! Who will you encourage to go to camp this summer? Scroll down to the article below on "Summer Camp Opportunities" to see what options are available this summer! 


Together in Christ,  

Catherine Anderson 

Coordinator of Youth Ministry
Cardia Deo

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


Early registration deadline is January 31!!


Early Registration: $115, postmarked on or before Jan. 31


Late Registration: $135, postmarked on or after Feb. 1

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, a ministry learning event that will equip youth to grow in and share their faith, worship, mystery 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.

More information and Registration Forms... 
NE MN Synod Discipleship Challenge!
Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) Board
Applications now Online! LYO
Open to youth currently in grades 9-11
Applications Due February 15, 2015

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, 2015!

Don't Say NO Until You KNOW!
Sunday, March 15; 2-5 pm at Our Savior's Lutheran, Virginia

This NE MN Synod Spring Adult Leadership Event features Bishop Patricia Lull from Saint Paul Area Synod giving a keynote presentation on Discipleship Today, and several practical workshop options that are intended for anyone in your congregation! There are two identical offerings with an eye toward making them easy to attend so choose one date. There is no charge and of course coffee and refreshments will be served.

RSVP's are appreciated. Click the links above to register for the date and location you are planning to attend.

Click here for more information about the event and workshop options.

Peace Not Walls: A Young Adult Justice Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Are you or do you know a young adult (ages 18-30) interested in justice, peace-making, relationship-building, and international travel? Join the Northeastern Minnesota Synod  of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's (ELCA) Peace Not Walls working group as we journey together on a pilgrimage of faith and accompaniment to the Holy Land (August 6th-17th, 2015) . As we walk where Jesus walked, we will also seek to live as Jesus lived, striving for understanding, peace, and justice for all people in the Holy and Broken Land of Palestine and Israel. Contact trip leaders Laura Mills or Bjørnstjerne Anderson ( or with questions or further inquiries. We hope you will join us!

More Information 
Summer Camp Opportunties

Young people sign up for camp when the adults in their lives invite them! Check out the camp opportunities below for individuals, groups, high adventure, families, intergenerational...or any other combination you can think of!


Camp Amnicon  

It's cold out!  Are you thinking about summer yet?

Now is the season to solidify your summer plans! Camp Amnicon invites you to bring your group for a wilderness or service trip, or a cross-generational family camp experience. The heart of camp is to show kids, in word and deed, that they are beloved by God, important to their community, and capable of making a difference. For more information on youth and adult opportunities at Camp Amnicon, contact Bethan Ringdahl at:, 715-364-2602,



Offers week long residential camps for youth of all ages, Boundary Waters Canoe Area trips, leadership camps for high school youth, day camps, retreats and specialty camps.  


Camp Onomia

Offers week long residential camps for youth of all ages, family camps, day camps, specialty retreats and more. New this year is "LIFT: Leaders in Faith Together," a leadership program for high school youth.  


Luther Crest Bible Camp

Offers week long residential camps for youth of all ages, day camps, specialty camps and retreats, leadership camps, special needs opportunities, and more.  


Journeys for Youth is a catalog that lists outdoor ministry opportunities around the country.  

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