Whether you are a Youth and Family Minister, lay church volunteer, solo pastor or even a senior pastor who rarely works with youth, the ELCA Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza has something to offer to inspire, uplift, recharge your ministry and come up with new ideas. This year’s theme was “Finding Forward.” Most of the speakers […]

So you need to come up with another youth bible study or devotion and you are out of fresh ideas. You could google “Youth Bible Study” but there is no way to evaluate the usefulness, quality or theological appropriateness of what comes up. The ELCA Youth Ministry Network has a resource for you. Martin’s List. […]

Some of the most exciting and innovative work in the church is happening among the youth and family ministers in the ELCA. This is what I came away with at the ELCA Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza, a four-day gathering of adults from around the country who work with youth in the ELCA. As they put […]

The Northeastern Iowa Synod has 26 paid professionals doing Youth and Family Ministry. Some of us may remember the “Youth Director”, who mostly organized the high school “Luther League” activities and the once a year “Youth Sunday”. This person was usually young, underpaid (if paid at all) and stayed in the job for only a […]

The Northeastern Iowa Synod will soon be offering Safeguarding God’s People boundary training workshops.   These workshops go beyond the work we have done with keeping the church safe for children to preventing adult sexual abuse and exploitation. The immediate impetus for this is a request from the legal department at the ELCA that all […]

Nikki Zumbach Harken is a member of Faith Lutheran in Shell Rock.  She writes a blog about life with her son Tucker, who is on the Autism Spectrum, “366 Days of Autism” The following is her post on VBS: VBS or Vacation Bible School was yesterday.  For the second year in a row Tucker was […]