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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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October 13, 2017

Natural disasters. Man made violence. Stressed families. Overbooked calendars. Challenges with young people. What is weighing on your heart and mind these days? I invite you to breathe this prayer from Richard Rohr, based on Psalm 46:10 - 
Be still, and know that I am God.
Be still, and know that I am.
Be still, and know.
Be still.

Together in Christ,   
Catherine Anderson 
Coordinator of Youth Ministry
Middle School Gathering 
November 17-18 OR 18-19, 2017

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

$66 if postmarked on or before October 16
$76 if postmarked on or after October 17
Last Day to Register: November 6 or when full!

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!

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.
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.)
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!
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