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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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Youth Leadership 
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October 31, 2017

A quick overview of the Reformation from our friends, Lost and Found. Blessings to you this Reformation Day!

Together in Christ,   
Catherine Anderson 
Coordinator of Youth Ministry
Middle School Gathering 
Last day to register is MONDAY, NOV 6th!
November 17-18 OR 18-19, 2017

Cragun's Resort, Brainerd
Grades 6-9
Speaker: Dave Holtz

$76 if postmarked on or after October 17
Last Day to Register: November 6 or when full!
(At this point we still have room in both events.)

NE MN Synod Confirmation Website Page 

You are invited to check out the new Confirmation page on the NE MN Synod website!
This page has resources from the NE MN Synod Confirmation Summit: videos of the presentation by Dr. Terri Elton, PowerPoint, Handout and links. More resources for confirmation will be posted in the weeks to come!  
Speakers on Immigration/Refugee Issues  
The NE MN Synod Immigration and Refugee Task Force invites you to use them as a resource with youth and confirmation classes!
Immigration and refugee issues are very much in the news these days. Many young people who came to the US as young children are in danger of being deported to a country they have never known. Families are being separated when parents are deported, leaving their American citizen children behind. And a wall may be built on our southern border with Mexico. Meanwhile, a Duluth church is making plans to provide sanctuary to people threatened with deportation.  
While there are few immigrants in our immediate area, these are issues that affect our entire nation and many of our youth are probably thinking about these issues and looking for guidance from the church as they try to sort them out in their own minds. The immigration and refugee task force of the NE MN Synod has knowledgeable speakers available to meet with youth groups or confirmation classes. We can help you learn what the bible says about these issues and how to respond as people of faith.
If you would like to schedule a speaker send an email to:
January 26-29, 2018  
Houston, TX 
I recently had a leader approach me after a presentation to a congregation on faith formation in our changing culture: "I thought you were going to give us a manual (literally), and we could just follow it and things would go great." I love and appreciate her honesty - don't we all wish there was a manual? The reality in this age is that there is no formula. Instead I believe the Holy Spirit is calling us to wrestle with new models for ministry, to listen to and engage young people and their parents, to be bold and courageous in trying new we find our way forward in faith formation. We can't do this on our own. We need to learn from each other, challenge each other and support each other. 
This Extravaganza will give you that opportunity! Join speakers and workshop leaders who are trying innovative approaches, to be inspired on how you and your congregation might find your way forward. Learn from others as you network. Be renewed through worship.
There is no manual. But learning together and listening to what God is already up to, we will find new ways forward in faith formation.
February 10, 2018   
Duluth, MN  
Super Earlybird Registration is now open through Dec. 15th! 
RECHARGE is a one-day multi-denominational children's and youth ministry conference that aims to inspired and equip church staff and volunteers in their efforts to share their faith with the next generation.
Story Kit Resource    
Free Resource for All! 
The NE MN Synod Journey Worship Team has developed "Story Kits" to explore how  
This Changes Everything:  
God's CALL,  
God's LOVE,  
God's GRACE,  
God's HOPE,  
JESUS changes everything.

Each Story Kit Session uses the biblical story and engaging rituals to help participants wonder about and deepen their faith.

These resources are NOT just for Synod Journey participants! We encourage all congregations to use them, with all ages!

For more information and to download the resources, visit
(Scroll down to the "SJ Resources" section.)
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