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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!

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 Sarah Marshall for more info.
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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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August 15, 2017

At a recent event, participants were asked what their church had stopped doing over the last couple of decades. The first three responses were Sunday School VBS, and Bible Studies. In others words, faith formation. It's no wonder then that their first response to what loss they feel in the church was "children and youth."

Faith formation is critical. And it's not about retaining children and youth - it's about giving the tools and foundation for young people to live a life of faith every day. To live free and abundantly in a world that speaks fear and scarcity. To live with love and hope in a world that is filled with hatred and despair.

The faithful work you do day in and day out to cultivate the soil in which faith is nurtured makes a difference. This is the work to which we are called and to which every person in a congregation promises to live out when a child (or adult!) is  baptized... that we will speak, live, teach and nurture a foundation of faith. All of us, not just the youth director and pastor. Why? So that our children might trust God, share Christ, care for others and the world, and work for justice and peace.

We have a high calling! You are in my prayers this program year as you seek to strengthen faith formation in your congregations for the sake of our youth and adults...and our world! 

Together in Christ,   
Catherine Anderson 
Coordinator of Youth Ministry
NE MN Synod Fall Resource Packet!   
The NE MN Synod Fall Resource Packet was mailed to congregations last week! This packet has youth ministry information for events in and beyond our synod. Click here to find the packet resources online. Contents include:

Please note: There was a typo in the mailed packet. The Sunday Adult Leader training events for the Synod Journey are 2:00 - 4:30pm. 

The Synod Journey
to the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering!   
Registration opens September 18th! 
Some helpful reminders as you prepare to register:
  • If you are coming on the Synod Journey, DO NOT register with the ELCA Youth Gathering! We take care of that for you!
  • Registration opens September 18th (post-marked) and closes September 25th. We encourage congregations to postmark their material September 18th.

There are two parts to registration:

  1. Online Forms: Links will open September 1st to enter participant information and housing requests. Worksheets are available to help you collect the information needed for online forms.
  2. Printed Forms: Beginning September 18th, mail your Group Registration Form, Participant Covenant, and Adult Leader Covenant with your deposit check ($250 per person, non-refundable).

Your registration is not complete until all Online Forms, Printed Forms and full deposit have been received! Click here for all forms.  

Fall Adult Leader Trainings!  
Adult leaders on the Synod Journey are required to attend a Fall Training event, to help prepare you and your group for this rich and meaningful faith experience! 

Saturday, Oct. 7, 9:30am - Noon: Virginia
Sunday, Oct. 8, 2:00-4:30pm: Brainerd
Sunday, Oct. 15, 2:00 - 4:30pm: Cloquet  
Exact Locations will be posted by September 1st.  
More Information!
NE MN Synod Confirmation Summit 

October 17, 2017
9:30am - 3:00pm
Speaker: Dr. Terri Elton
Location: Salem Lutheran Church, Mahtowa
$15 per person
$25 per congregation (2 or more attending from the same congregation)
Lunch and snacks provided.
You know faith formation is critical. And you know confirmation holds a significant seat at that table. But what strategies bear the most fruit in this changing culture? What can we learn from the latest research and each other, for the sake of faith formation in our young people? Join us for presentations from The Confirmation Project research and discussion on how this research can inform our approach to faith formation in the congregation.
Pastors, Youth Directors, key leaders and interested adults are invited...teams are encouraged! For more information, download the information flyer.
Power and Boundaries Workshop 
WHEN : Thursday, August 24th, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 
WHERE : Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Cloquet, Minnesota
COST:  $20 Covers registration, materials and lunch. 
Presenters: Pastor Kevin Olson and Pastor Karen Bockleman.
Or call the synod office at 218-724-4424

Attendance for Pastors and Deacons is expected, as always. We highly encourage youth and family ministry leaders to also participate. We will learn about risky behavior that leads to misconduct.
Peer Ministry Leadership Trainings  
Peer Ministry Leadership is one of the most effective tools for growing high school ministry leaders. These trainings prepare adult leaders and high school youth to bring the leadership training back to your congregation.
St. Luke's Lutheran Church
FRI SEPT 8, 6:30pm - 9:30pm,
SAT SEPT 9,  8:30am - 4:30pm
Mount Calvary Lutheran Church
FRI  NOV 10, 6:30pm - 9:30pm  
SAT NOV 11, 8:30am - 4:30pm
(With an advance track option!) 
Only $775 (Or $675 when paid 4 weeks before) for your whole group of adults and youth!
 $299 individual (Or $229 when paid 4 weeks before) 
Space is Limited! 
For more information and to register, email

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