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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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Vibrant Faith Training School 
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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Youth Leadership 
This program is a unique, holistic leadership development program that covers the key areas of ministry. We come alongside you as you grow as a leader in your particular context, sharpen your vision and encourage your calling. Learn more. 
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September 14, 2017

"If you get the environment right, everyone has capacity to do great things." - Simon Sinek
Last week I shared the video below with the LYO Board Adult Team. Simon Sinek uses business analogies, but it could just as easily speak to our congregations, youth ministry, councils and our church culture as a whole.   

How are we nurturing an environment for our youth, our leaders, our volunteers, our they can thrive and do the great things God has created them to do? 

Together in Christ,   
Catherine Anderson 
Coordinator of Youth Ministry
The Synod Journey
to the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering!   
Registration opens September 18th! 
Some helpful reminders and tips 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!
  • There are two parts to registration: Online Forms and Printed Forms.
  • You can start filling in the online portion of registration now! This must be completed before you mail your printed registration.
  • Registration opens September 18th (post-marked) and closes September 25th. We encourage congregations to postmark their material September 18th.
Here's a checklist of what you need to have in order to be registered:
  • Synod Journey Online Forms filled out:
    • Adult Leader Registration
    • Youth Participant Registration
    • Galveston Housing Request
    • Houston Housing Request
  • Mail in one envelope:
    • Group Registration Form
    • Adult Leader Expectations and Covenant
    • Participant Expectations and Covenant
    • One check, payable to "NE MN Synod LYO Gathering Account", $250 per participant (non-refundable)
Your registration is not complete until all Online Forms, Printed Forms and full deposit have been received! Click here for all forms and registration details. Please contact Catherine Anderson if you have questions! 

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   
These trainings are free, but it is helpful if you pre-register. Click here for details and to register!   
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.
Tune Up Day!   
October 26, 2017
9am - 3pm
First Lutheran Church, Duluth  
Too often we get so focused on what is next, we forget to look at the big picture. Why are we doing what we are doing? what can we learn from others? What tweaks do we need to make now that fall programming is under way? This is a guided day to "tune up" your program year with the collective wisdom of others in ministry. You are encouraged to bring a team!
Cost is $20 per congregation. Register here!
Middle School Gathering 
November 17-18 OR 18-19, 2017
Cragun's Resort, Brainerd
Grades 6-9
Speaker: Dave Holtz

The Middle School Gathering brings together nearly 1000 youth and adults from across our synod to grow in faith and build new friendships, while digging into confirmation teachings in a unique way! The event includes a keynote speaker, band, large group assemblies, learning clusters, family time, hotel life and worship.

The focus for this year's Middle School Gathering is The Lord's Prayer. The Lord's Prayer teaches us that prayer is about our relationship with God, with each other and with ourselves. God invites us to pray whenever we can, wherever we are, about whatever is on our mind. Prayer is a way of life. This Middle School Gathering, be equipped and inspired to pray ALL the Time!

Registration opens October 1st.

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.
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