Pacifica Synod Children, Youth and Family Ministry News & Events
An Introduction to Family Ministry
in a COVID and Post-COVID World
Free Workshop with David Lynn
Thursday, March 11 - Noon to 1:00 PM
For ALL those who are serving in ministries with children, youth or families (paid, volunteer, lay leader, pastor).
On Thursday, March 11, we will use our monthly check-in time to host a FREE one-hour workshop on Family Ministry in a COVID and post-COVID World, hosted by author David Lynn.

David Lynn, serves as the Associate Family Director with Peer Ministry Leadership. David has over 30 years of experience in children’s, youth, and family ministry, has written over 40 books, including the popular TalkSheets, and has trained youth workers across the country. David shares the following about the workshop:

Become the best family ministry leader of all time!

The future of your congregation does not arrive unannounced. You can already see what will happen, and soon, if your congregation does not move forward with a stronger, more practical partnership with the home.

-Join us for a one-hour Zoom workshop that will introduce you to an innovative approach to family ministry.

-Receive a bundle of free resources that can help jump-start your family ministry.

-Leave the workshop with a better appreciation of a doable family ministry that can work in your congregation.

Pre-registration is required to receive the Zoom link to attend this workshop.
Click here to register!

David has also shared a free resource kit titled "Jump Start Your Family Ministry During COVID" that may be downloaded here for your use.

Please contact Terri Robertson at if you have any questions.
Growing Young Monthly
Core Commitment Conversations
Continue March 9 & 11
Churches are both shrinking and aging as more young people disengage. Based on research with over 250 of the nation’s leading congregations, Growing Young provides a plan that any church can use to involve and retain young people. Packed with ideas, Growing Young shows ministry leaders how to reach younger generations in a way that breathes life into the WHOLE church and deepen the faith of your young people as well as their connection and sense of belonging in your congregation.

Growing Young isn’t about changing youth ministry, 
it’s about changing church culture.

In November 2020, we held online presentations about the book Growing Young. We shared information and stories, as well as next steps in the Pacifica Synod’s commitment to walk with congregations in Growing Young. If you missed either of the presentations, you may find them on our Synod YouTube channel found here.

In January 2021, we began hosting monthly, online Zoom conversations, each focusing on one of the six Growing Young Core Commitments. Each of these free sessions will be offered once during the day and once during the evening through the month of June.

While reading the book Growing Young is not a prerequisite of participating in the conversations, reading the chapter that will be discussed is encouraged. The book may be purchased through Fuller Youth Institute, Amazon or your favorite bookseller. For those who use a Kindle, we have FREE download codes for those who would use them. Please contact Terri Robertson at to have a code sent to you by email.

Below are dates and times of each of the remaining sessions. Pre-registration for each session is required to receive the Zoom link to join. Please click here to register. We encourage you to share these dates and link with others in your congregation. Resources from past sessions may be found on our Growing Young webpage here.

Session Three – Take Jesus’ Message Seriously (Chapter 4)
Tuesday, March 9 – 11:00 AM / Thursday, March 11 – 6:30 PM

Session Four – Fuel Warm Relationships (Chapter 5)
Tuesday, April 13 – 11:00 AM / Thursday, April 15 – 6:30 PM

Session Five – Prioritize Young People/Families Everywhere (Chapter 6)
Tuesday, May 11 – 11:00 AM / Thursday, May 13 – 6:30 PM

Session Six – Be the Best Neighbors (Chapter 7)
Tuesday, June 8 – 11:00 AM / Thursday, June 10 – 6:30 PM

Pastor Tom Goellrich, Deacon Mindy Bugaj and Terri Robertson are currently serving on the team developing and leading this ministry, but we invite others to join us. For more information about Growing Young or if you'd like to serve on this team, please email Terri Robertson at
#CaliSTRONG Joint High School Youth Events
Saturdays, March 6 & 20
Since December, high school youth from Pacifica Synod have joined with youth from both Southwest CA and Sierra Pacific Synods for joint online youth events. As connections are made and excitement is building, the youth have decided to meet twice a month. The next gatherings will be on Saturday, March 6 and 20 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. (on Zoom).
#CaliSTRONG is a space created for high school youth to engage each other in conversation around social justice issues and hot topics they are passionate about. This space will be peer led with adult supervision and a pastoral care presence. Youth will learn leadership skills to engage in dialogues around race, culture, diversity, equity and inclusion through a biblical lens.
Youth can join these events at ANY time - even if you haven't attended a prior event. Watch for more information on how to sign up to get the Zoom link to join coming soon!
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