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.
Please note the changes below to upcoming events due to COVID-19: While many of our events fall under the 50-person threshold recommended by the CDC, synod events always bring in people from multiple communities. To honor the intent of CDC recommendations to prevent the spread to multiple communities and to keep vulnerable communities safe we have made adjustments to most of our upcoming events as noted below.
NE MN Synod Training Events
Online Networking and Resource Meetings Even as we are asked to distance ourselves physically, it is critical to stay connected to support and resource each other for the ministry we are doing in brand new ways. I invite youth ministry leaders (volunteers, paid, pastors) to join upcoming online meetings to support each other and share resources for ministry in an age of COVID-19. Catherine Anderson will facilitate the online meetings that will last one hour. Come with your questions, ideas and resources! Register by clicking on the button below to receive the link (join through your computer or device) or phone number (join by calling in).
March 17: 1:00pm
March 24: 10:00am
More dates will be added as needed. If these dates don’t work for you and you would still like someone to talk with for support or resources, always feel free to call Catherine at 218-724-4424, ext. 124.
Youth Worker Retreat: CANCELLED Sponsored by Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry April 26-28, 2020 Camp Vermilion This event will be rescheduled at a future date. For more information or questions, contact Brett Amundson at 218.666.5465 or brett@VLMcamps.org
Join volunteer, paid and rostered leaders in ministry with children, youth and families for a time away to renew, educate and connect! Sunday evening is optional and begins with an informal gathering, games and campfire conversations. Come if/when you are able after 4pm at no additional cost. Our event begins 10am on Monday morning and continues through closing worship on Tuesday morning at 11am. The event includes three meals and lodging in Voyageur Lodge which features multiple bunk rooms equipped with a bathroom and shower in the room.
Lay Leader Network Yearly intensive Series Sessions begin September 2019 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.