Among the 315 voting members at the 2017 Synod Assembly, 17  were youth voting members. This was the first Synod Assembly for Matthias Letsche, member of Redeemer Lutheran in Waverly.  It was a very positive experience for him.  “It was a very unifying experience,” observes Letsche, who plans to become a pastor.  “All the best […]


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. […]


When it comes to social media, I begin with three assumptions: 1)  Social Media is a good thing. Whether or not this is true is moot.  Social media is a thing and it is here to stay.  2)  Social Media IS real life. Real people are on social media.  Real relationships are created and sustained […]


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 […]


When two or more congregations share a pastor one of the many details that needs to be worked out is “Where to hold confirmation classes?” Usually, the solution is to alternate between churches but this can mean driving some distance for some families. Pastor Lance Kittleson of St. Peter, Toeterville, and Deer Creek, Carpenter decided […]


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 […]

It used to be you needed expensive equipment and people with technical skills to record and broadcast your own videos in church. Now anyone with a smartphone has the ability to make decent quality videos which can be uploaded to sights such as Vimeo, VINE and YouTube for public broadcast. The possibilities of what you […]