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Fall Resource Packet
2015-2016 Events
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Practice Discipleship Webinar
Discipleship Challenge
Peer Ministry Training
NE MN Synod Facebook Group
Youth Leadership Cert Program
Continuing Ed Events
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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!

Be sure to confirm meetings before attending during the busy summer months!

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

Vibrant Faith Training School 
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. Learn more.

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Youth Leadership 
This program is a unique, holistic leadership development program that covers the key areas of ministry. We come alongside you as you grow as a leader in your particular context, sharpen your vision and encourage your calling. Learn more. 
August 11, 2015

This summer 30,000 youth and adults showed up in Detroit for the ELCA Youth Gathering. 300 of those were on the Synod Journey that stopped in Lansing on the way to worship, serve, learn and play together - to Dig Deep and KNOW the Story...Be the Story...TELL the Story of Christ's love in the world.

On the first night in Lansing, Pastor Erika Nilsen unveiled a banner with a black and white outline depicting our theme that was to be colored in by the youth throughout the week. It was amazing, and seemed perfect just as it was. Black and white. Crisp. Clean. Clear. Simple. We wondered if we should just leave it that way. Randomly chosen colors could get messy, perhaps smear outside the lines, and might ruin the perfectly drawn banner.



Together in Christ,  

Catherine Anderson 

Coordinator of Youth Ministry
Synod Youth Ministry Fall Resource Packet

The 2015 Fall Resource Packet for synod youth ministry events will be mailed to congregations this week. Click here to download contents now! 
Mark Your Calendar! 2015-2016 Events

As you make plans for your 2015-2016 program year, be sure to add these events to your calendar!  Click on the links below for registration information and forms for the Middle School Gathering and Cardia Deo events.

Events for Youth!
Middle School Gathering  
November 20-21 OR 21-22, 2015
Grades 6-9
Speaker: Pastor Mike Carlson
Confirmation Theme: Ten Commandments Cragun's Resort, Brainerd

March 4-6, 2016
Grades 9-12
Learning Theme: Sent
Big Sandy Camp, McGregor

Events for Adults!
Two Faith Inkubator Events in One Weekend!
Life-Long Cross+Gen Faith Formation
Holding Your Family Together
With Speaker Rich Melheim
October 23-24, 2015
Grace Lutheran Church, Hermantown 
Friday evening begins with a visioning session for pastors, key leaders and spouses. Saturday morning. The training sessions listed above will be held Saturday. A free Family Comedy Event will be held Saturday night. 
Sponsored by Grace Lutheran Church, in partnership with Thrivent Financial and the Lake Superior Conference.
Overview Flyer and Paper Registration
Online Registration
Contact Pastor Phil Berge for more information.


January 16, 2016
RECHARGE is a one-day multi-denominational conference to inspire and equip church staff and their volunteers for ministry with children, youth and families. The NE MN Synod is excited to partner with Youth Leadership to bring this premiere training event to our area! More information will be posted soon at
ELCA Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza: "Wonder"
February 5-8, 2016: Anaheim, CA
The Extravaganza is an amazing annual 4-day conference that draws together 750-1000 adults (and young adults!) who work with children, youth and young adults in congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for the premier renewal, education and networking event of our church. It is for the professional and the volunteer. It is for the old and the young. It is for the urban, the suburban and the rural. It is for pastors, it is for laypeople. It is for all who share in the adventure we call children, youth and family ministry.
Post-Synod Journey/ELCA Youth Gathering Resources and Links
There are a variety of video links and resources posted on the Synod Journey website at to use with groups who were on the Synod Journey, ELCA Youth Gathering...and with youth and adults who didn't attend! Many of these deep and engaging resources can be easily tweaked to use with any group. Find links for follow-up Bible studies, PowerPoint templates, Proclaim Story Curriculum, mass gathering videos and more!
Practice Discipleship Webinar:
"Story of Self and Others" 
September 1, 2016: 1:00pm 
Presenter: Mindy Makant,
Lenoir-Rhyne University

Making room to hear others' stories is an act of hospitality in which Christ is present. Listening to such stories helps us see beyond what is to what can/could/might be, opening imaginative possibilities and realities beyond the immediately visible and self-evident. Ultimately, our relationships with others can then inform and shape our own story.

These webinars are FREE but you need to register to view live. Register now!

Can't make the date? Webinars are recorded and posted for later viewing within 24 hours. Visit for more info. 
2015-2016 Discipleship Challenge
We are living in the middle of God's story. God's story includes all of creation and the specific life of Jesus. Within that story we live and tell our life stories-the places we live, the gifts of our neighbors, what it means to serve, and what matters most in growing up and into discipleship. We live by stories. They tell us where we came from, help us talk about challenges, and inspire us to make choices for good. This year's Discipleship Challenge will concentrate on weaving together God's story with stories of self, others, and the places into which God calls us.

Click here for a preview of what is planned for the 2015-2016 Discipleship Challenge. All resources will be posted by the end of August!  
Peer Ministry Leadership Training
August 21 (evening) - 22, 2015
Calvary Lutheran Church, Mora
Grades 9 (in fall 2015) - adults of all ages


Are you interested in equipping youth and adults to be leaders in your congregation, community and the world - through your ministry programs and in their everyday lives? Peer Ministry Leadership trains youth and adults to use their gifts in small and big ways that engage them in ministry. Cost is $70 per person. Congregations are highly encouraged to cover half the cost ($35) for youth participants. For more information and to register, contact Susan Williams at 320-679-1706 or [email protected].

NE MN Synod Facebook Group - Join Today!
The NE MN Synod is on Facebook! Join today for synod updates and to share your questions and ministries! Search for "Northeastern Minnesota Synod, ELCA" or click here to join.
Youth Leadership Certification Program


Youth Leadership is excited to announce our REDESIGNED

Youth Ministry Certificate Program. This program is a unique, holistic leadership development program that covers the key areas of ministry. We come alongside of you as you grow as a leader in your particular context, sharpen your vision and encourage your calling.  



THE NEW FORMAT incorporates online classes so that no matter where you are in the world, you can grow in your ministry. This program will reach more leaders in ministry and is more affordable, but will keep the same relational, practical learning environment that Youth Leadership is famous for. This cohort format is unlike any certificate program out there.


The first cohort begins August 2015! Learn more.

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.


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
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