March 2017 (1)

Our Mission:
Supporting lifelong faith formation in the home and congregation.

From the President's Desk
This month we continue our series introducing the Christian Education Network of the ELCA board to you. We are blessed with an amazing group of leaders who have an array of gifts, passions and experiences. This month you will meet Terri Robertson, our Region 2 Network Advocate who lives in Santa Ana, California. As you will learn, Terri lives to empower and encourage youth and families. St. Paul writes in 1 Timothy...
Let no one despise your youth,
but set the believers an example
in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
(1 Timothy 4:12 NRSV).
Terri is a wonderful example for young people of all ages as they grow in their faith. Please hold her in your prayers, grab a cup of your favorite beverage, and get to know Terri.
Pastor Juli Lejman-Guy
President, CENetwork

6 Questions and an Iced Tea with...  
Terri Robertson

1. Can you describe your call to ministry?

From the time my own children were little, I was involved in faith formation with them and other children in our congregation. As they grew up, I volunteered with children and youth in both my church and in the secular community (school, sports, Scouts, etc.). Although my degree and paid positions have mostly been in the area of accounting, my passion is serving with young people of all ages, especially in accompanying them in their faith journey. 

2. What is the best part of your ministry now?

I presently serve as the adult chair/advisor for the Pacifica Synod Youth Team. This group of high school students are from a large number of congregations in our synod and serve together as young leaders in our church. They plan, prepare for and lead a variety of events throughout the year for elementary, middle school and high school youth. It's a joy to see them develop as leaders and gain respect from both adults and other youth as they share their faith so openly.

3. What is one fact about you that would surprise people?

People would be surprised to know that I'm really pretty shy. Those who know me may not think so because I'm talkative and don't usually hesitate to speak out, but it's not necessarily my first instinct.
4. What are three things Christian Educators need to keep their eye on?

As we struggle with how to best provide Christian education opportunities for our students, we also need to keep in mind that many of our young parents can use our help in their Christian education. Providing opportunities for all ages to learn, together and separately, is important so that parents have confidence in sharing their faith with their children. Finding ways to meet families where they are rather than always counting on them to come to us is also necessary.
5. What are some of your favorite resources?
I really love the SparkHouse publications. I've found that young people really gravitate to the new ways they tell traditional stories. Faith Inkubators has been a solid curriculum in my many years of leading Confirmation and, most recently, in some inter-generational ministry at my previous congregation. 
6. How can we pray for you?
I appreciate prayers for peace and discernment as I am involved in new roles and responsibilities in both my professional and personal life. Thank you!

Upcoming Events

Check our website  for more resources and upcoming faith formation events including the Christian Formation Conference, June 12-16. Get all the details for "Faith Formation in an Era of #Change" here.

Contact Us
    CENetwork of the ELCA 
(formerly LACE)
P.O. Box 9304
Rochester, MN 55903

  Phone messages may be left at 
(507) 721-0057  
Prayer Pause
God, as we journey through Lent, through the forty days, we are reminded of Jesus' time in the wilderness. Help to guide us when we find ourselves in the wilderness of our lives. Keep us strong when we are tempted and help to remind us of the gift of grace.  In your name we pray. 




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Christian Education Network of the ELCA
Vision Statement


Building a community which equips, encourages, and empowers those engaged in lifelong faith formation in a changing world by:

  • Providing resources and educational opportunities
  • Facilitating communication and conversation 
  • Offering networking, idea sharing, and mutual support
  • Nurturing spiritual growth