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Cardia Deo
Discipleship Challenge
LYO Board
Don't Say No Until You Know!
Young Adult Justice Pilgrimage
Summer Camp!
Continuing Ed Events - More New Events!
Synod YM Calendar
February 2015
15: LYO Applications Due
27 - March 1: Cardia Deo

July 2015
11-20: The Synod Journey

Outdoor Ministries
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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.  
February 11, 2015

One of the writers for Practice Discipleship shared this song last week at the Extravaganza. I thought you might enjoy...especially if you're looking for a last minute way to teach the fruits of the spirit. (And bonus - the video that comes up after teaches motions to use!) 




Together in Christ,  

Catherine Anderson 

Coordinator of Youth Ministry
Cardia Deo

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


Last day to register is Feb 17!


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!

The faith practice focus for February is 

Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) Board
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!


Leadership and Theology Opportunities for Sr. High Youth
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 
Faith Formation Certification School
Sponsored by Vibrant Faith Ministries 
Hosted by Luther Crest Bible Camp, Alexandria, MN 
May 10-15, 2015 

This unique training experience changes lives, equips leaders, and transforms congregations in effective and creative faith formation, culminating in creating a ministry plan that will guide your efforts with children, youth, and families. More information...
The Summit: A Retreat for CYF Professionals
Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp, Colorado
April 13-15, 2015
Cost: $125

Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp would like to invite you to the Summit. The Summit is a retreat for anyone working professionally in ministry with youth, young adults, children, and families. Designed as a time of personal renewal, professional development, continuing education, and networking with other Youth Directors, Pastors, and Christian Educators. The Guest Speaker is
Rozella White who is the Program Director for Young Adult Ministry for the ELCA. If you are interested please visit for more information.
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