Growing in our own understanding of theology, youth ministry theories and practical skills matters in faith formation with young people. Research continues to show that when adults are learning and growing, youth are growing in their depth of faith and living their faith in their daily lives. You matter! Volunteers, parents, youth directors, pastors and all caring adults in the congregation!
How can you spend time growing and learning this year? You don't need to get your masters degree or go to seminary - although those are always great! Learning comes in many forms - spending time reading, listening to podcasts, watching online webinars or videos, attending local events, and networking with other leaders are easy ways you can stretch yourself and encounter innovative ways of doing ministry. Find what works best for you and what fits in your schedule. All learning - whether it's taking five minutes to read an article or spending a week at a conference makes a difference! This page curates online learning opportunities and training events within and beyond our synod that will help you grow as a leader for the sake of faith formation in our young people.
NE MN Synod Training Events
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Growing Young Book Study
First Thursdays of the month, beginning October 7 Online, 10:30am – Noon Growing Young is a research-based strategy on how congregations can create a church culture to reach young generations in a way that breathes life into the whole church. Catherine Anderson will host a monthly book study on each of the Core Commitments and how to integrate them in your ministry. This book study is free, but you must register to get the link. You do not need to attend every session to participate!
Lay Leader Network Yearly Intensive Series Sessions begin October 2021 As a life-long learning program, the Yearly Intensive Series is designed to give adult students opportunity to grow in their faith for the purposes of personal spiritual development, biblical and theological learning and enhancing missional leadership. It promotes intentional conversation for the discernment of gifts to be used in various ways in ministry and leadership within a person’s current congregation and in his/her community. Click here for registration and more information.
Youth Ministry Network Meetings We are better together in life, ministry and faith! Join area youth ministry leaders in Duluth, Brainerd, Camp Onomia and online for mutual support, networking, learning and resourcing for ministry. Find times and locations at www.nemnsynod.org/ymnetwork.
Keep checking back for more training event opportunities!
Training Events Outside Our Synod
Extravaganza 2022 Minneapolis, MN & Online! Intensive Care Course: February 10-11, 2022 Main Event: February 11-14, 2022 Join nearly 1000 children, youth and family ministry leaders from across the ELCA for continuing education, networking and renewal! You will learn from one of 7 Learning Tracks, dig deeper in workshops, and be resourced from 70+ exhibitors! Learn more at www.ext22.org.
Peer Ministry Leadership PML has resources, training events and coaching to equip youth and adults with faith-based relational skills to be lived every day, every where, in every relationship.