January 2024

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

Dear God,

You are with us in every transition and change.

As we enter into this new era with excitement and even some anxiety, we recall your deep compassion, presence, and abounding love.

We thank you for the gifts, talents and skills with which you have blessed us.

We thank you for the experiences that have brought us to this moment.

We thank you for the work of others that gives breadth and depth to our own work.

Be with us as we move forward, rejoicing with you and supporting one another.

We ask this in your Holy Name. Amen.

A Message from Our President, Diane McGeoch


‘Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” Anne Lamott

We look to the future all the time in our ministry roles. We are planning, visioning, and dreaming of programs, events, people, and approaches that will support the work of faith formation. The church season begins anew with Advent and with that beginning we move through many seasons and ministries. The Christian Education Network of the ELCA is entering a new season of its life. Our Board of Directors voted on October 30, 2023, to enter a partnership with APCE – Association of Partners in Christian Education.

This vote happened after months of prayer, discernment, and discovery. A Covenant Task Force has been established and has begun conversations about the how and when of this partnership and all the steps involved. Members of the Network will vote on the partnership, and we plan to have two question and answer sessions for members to discuss concerns, ideas, and our way forward. We will announce these sessions as soon as they are scheduled.

As I write this, we are entering the season of Epiphany, and celebrating the light of the star that led the Magi to Jesus. We have much to celebrate as the Christian Education Network. We have a long history of supporting, equipping, and empowering faith formation leaders. This work will continue in old and new ways. We are in the midst of creating something new, and it is exciting and scary all at the same time.

The quote above mentions three activities: waiting, and watching, and working. We wait during the process of creation for something new to emerge. We watch for people and resources who can help us along the way. We work hard to honor the past, live in the present, and plan for a hopeful future. We can look back on what was, celebrate what is now, and anticipate what is to come. We wait and watch and work together as partners in ministry.

Deacon Diane McGeoch Epiphany 2024 

Christian Education Network of the ELCA

Transitions 2024 - January Resources!

  • This is the audio file for the last print issue of Living Lutheran magazine. It includes looking back on the legacy of the magazine, a timeline of important events in the life of the magazine and the ELCA, and stories of ELCA members serving their communities. The looking back, celebrating the work, and looking to the future are common parts of transitions for ministries, organizations, and congregations.


  • This is the website for the Association of Partners in Christian Education, featuring their ministries of connecting, enriching, and empowering faith formation leaders in several different denominations. The resource section includes Post Pandemic Pondering and Planning, a resource for faith re-formation.

The annual event of APCE takes place every January and this year will be in St. Louis from January 24-27.


  • This article by Kim Dawsey-Richardson – “How Do We Steward Waiting” reflects on her experience with a medical diagnosis and home repairs during the season of Advent, and her congregation’s journey during Advent. The author outlines four practices that can occur during times of waiting and waiting some more: Pay attention, practice presence, contemplative practices, and connections with people. As we wait for God, God waits for us. 


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Will you pray with us?

As we enter into a time of transition and discernment, will you pray with us? Transitions are both scary and exciting at the same time, and we want to be faithful as we honor the beautiful history and legacy that we have, as well as look forward to a new ministry together with APCE (Association of Partners in Christian Education.

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Vision Statement

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

  • Identify and evaluate resources and educational opportunities
  • Facilitate communication and conversations
  • Offer guidance, networking and mutual support
  • Nurture spiritual growth online and face-to-face

How You Can Support the Christian Education Network

You can become a member or make a one-time donation via PayPal on our website; or, you can designate The Christian Education Network as your charity through your Thrivent Choice Dollars.

Contact Us

CENetwork of the ELCA

PO Box 250009

Holly Hill, FL 32125