Youth Ministry Links

Youth Ministry Links, found at: is a new resource curated by two ministry experts and professionals, Pastor Paul Amlin, former ELCA Program Director for Ministry with Youth, and Pastor Janelle Rozek Hooper, ELCA Program Director for Ministry with Children. Since searching for theologically sound resources, links, blogs and trainings are not typically the way you want to spend your day, they provide the research and material that saves you time and energy. This includes FAMILY resources. Check it out today!

A CYFM Calendar 2015-2017

In response to requests from our peers who minister to children, youth and their families in the congregational setting, and with a desire to get on the busy calendars of families well in advance, the synod Office for Children, Youth & Family Ministry and the synod Center for Faith Formation are happy to announce our first ever two-year calendar of synod CYFM events. The calendar includes many synod events designed for children, youth & their families, PLUS events for youth leaders, pastors and volunteers who minister with youth & families.

vibrantfaithpicThe calendar is posted here as a pdf document. Formatted on an 8.5″ x 14″ document, it is not the best looking document for hanging on a bulletin board in your church, but will give you a great overview of our upcoming dates. I am designing smaller posters for each year that you can post for families to see. All events will appear on our website eventually, either under the Children, Youth and Family (CYFM) section or the Center for Faith Formation section or BOTH. Links and registration materials will be available at the synod website or though social media.

Please check back as periodic updates will be made as more specifics become available. We are working closely for example with the Lutheran Camping Corporation on dates in  2017, and give thanksgiving for their ongoing partnership!

Here’s the link: 2015-2017 CYFM Calendar

Faith Formation Learning Exchange

Vibrant Faith Ministries has been in the faith formation ministry “business” since before the language of faith formation was popular. In fact, the “Child in Our Hands” research and initiative of the late 1990’s was foundational for much of the research that emerged in early 2K, around how children and youth learn and the sources from which they draw their ideas about faith and faith in daily life. The Youth & Family Institute, as it was once known, helped research and publish volumes of material, but also began creating resources to equip congregational youth leaders, volunteers pastors AND parents for faith formation in the congregation and home.

Now, comes the Vibrant Faith “Faith Formation Learning Exchange,” the latest portal for accessing many of their resources, whether electronic, multi-media or print. Check it out at:


In addition, Vibrant Faith is offering a series of two-day training events called, “Do What Matters! Faith Formation for a New Age.” To learn more about the seminars, or to register, visit the Vibrant Faith website:

Third Tuesday Conversations

OK, so not all that new, but maybe new to you! The ELCA Youth Ministry Network 3TC, or Third Tuesday Conversations, happen the third Tuesday of each month and feature topics that children, youth and family staff, youth directors, Christian educators, teachers, volunteers and parents might all benefit from. In October, Peder Eide focuses on Worship with Families. The best part is, if you can’t join them for the live chat, you can listen in to the archived chats at:

All 3TC chats begin at 2:00 PM eastern time, using online webinars. You can log in to a special webinar site and listen to the conversation while watching images on your screen. Or, you can watch on the computer while calling in and listening on your phone. Either way you can ask or post your questions.

Spirituality & Practice social media site

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