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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:
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Contact Deb Westerberg for more info.

Brainerd Area Network Meetings:
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July 17, 2018

We had an amazing Synod Journey to the ELCA Youth Gathering. I have put together some reflections on the Synod Journey that you can read here, but we all know it will take months to fully hear the stories of what God was up to in the lives of our young people - and adults! But for now, I'll just share this paragraph from my reflections:

"It is hard to explain the Synod Journey, and this reflection only scrapes the surface. What happens when you spend a year intentionally investing in the faith lives of young people? They are challenged, stretched, nurtured, and transformed. They grow in faith...and are 'ready to live for this' faith. As one young woman shared in her evaluation, 'I feel so compelled and empowered to be the changed in the world. This journey really lit a fire in me...'"

Thank you for the work you do to light, fan and nurture the flames of faith in our young people. With the Holy Spirit working in and through you, this really does Change Everything!

Together in Christ,   
Catherine Anderson 
Coordinator of Youth Ministry 
Synod Journey Resources  
Thank you for the prayers and support you have offered our young people and their adult leaders this year! We had a deep, meaningful, fun and transformational Journey. 

Below are links to pictures, videos and resources available to you from the Synod Journey and ELCA Youth Gathering!
A brief overview of our experience.

Click on links to view different albums from our Journey. Thank you to our Synod Journey leaders for sharing these photos!
Scroll through for pictures and videos that were posted with descriptions. Please note, this is different than the Northeastern Minnesota Synod, ELCA Facebook Group.
More pictures and descriptions. If pictures have a white box in the corner, it means there are multiple pictures in the post!
All of the Worship Liturgies, the Journal, Bus Devotions and Getting Ready Resources from our year are posted on this page! Also on this page are the Synod Day Resources from the ELCA Youth Gathering.
Please take time to ask youth about their experience in Galveston and Houston! This is a list of questions that might get you started.
All the videos from the ELCA Youth Gathering are posted on their YouTube Channel! Listen to the speakers, music and see recaps of each day!
25 for 1 Project
From your friends at the ELCA YM Network
Give us 25 minutes. We'll give you a year!
The 25 for 1 Project is free adult leader training that took place at the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston. The training is designed to harness the energy of the Youth Gathering and use it as a catalyst to grow ministry into the next year. It is not ELCA Youth Gathering specific - just great training for all volunteer and paid adult leaders!
There are three, 25 minute trainings available:
Other Resources available on the site:

More info at:
Mark Your Calendars!
As you plan for 2018-2019, make sure these synod events are on your calendar! The Fall Resource Packet will be mailed the beginning of August with more details!

Middle School Gathering: Nov. 16-17 OR 17-18, 2018

ELCA YM Network Extravaganza: Jan. 25-28, 2019

LYO Applications Due: Feb. 15, 2019

Cardia Deo: March 1-3, 2019
Youth Ministry Positions Available    
Director of Children, Youth and Family (Full-Time)
Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Cloquet, MN

The Director of Children, Youth and Family has the central role of recruiting, equipping and mobilizing families, youth, congregation members and others to pass on the faith to the next generation. This ministry is holistic and intergenerational in approach; it is not simply about Sunday School or Youth Ministry but about involving Our Savior's full community of Christ in faith formation. Children, Youth and Family Ministry is done by the entire congregation in team with the entire staff.

Please send your resume to: 
Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 615 12th Street, Cloquet, MN 55720
Call or email: 218-879-1535 or with questions or for full job description.

Coordinator of Children, Youth and Family Ministries
St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids, MN

St. Andrew's Lutheran Church of Grand Rapids, MN is searching for a full-time Coordinator of Children, Youth and Family Ministries. This entry-level position would be ideal for recent college graduates with youth ministry emphasis and/or those with camping ministry experience. The position description is available on line ( ) Contact Pastor David Anderson for more information. July 31, 2018 application deadline.
Augsburg College Survey  
Augsburg College is exploring innovative new ways to train young people for leadership in faith communities in less time and for less money. They are looking for church leaders in children, youth and family ministry to take 10-15 minutes to answer some questions as they discern what they might be able to offer. The information you provide would be incredibly helpful and greatly appreciated.

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