Youthworkers include volunteers, Sunday school teachers, pastors, parents and paid youth leaders in congregations, really anyone who is involved in the faith formation of children, youth and young adults. Yep, if you are visiting this site, you qualify. The Office for Children, Youth & Family (CYFM), is really designed to be your partner in effectively equipping you and resourcing you and others in your congregation for the ministry we share in accompanying young people and their families. Maybe the most valuable resource we have in this work is one another, so the network of peers we share in Lower Susquehanna and beyond are critical because they have a wealth of experience and knowledge.
The ELCA Youth Ministry Network is our “professional” organization, whose mission it is to equip, educate and connect Lutheran youth workers. But whether you are a member of the ELCA YM Network or not, you are still a member of our “network,” and as such a critical partner in the ministry to children, youth and their families. This section of our site is devoted to your personal care and well-being, from links to continuing education events like Youth Ministry Certification School (YMCS), to cross-denominational events like Youth Specialties. We also offer connections to social media sites, blogs, videos, and articles on emotional, physical and spiritual self-care.
The ELCA Youth Ministry Network EXTRAVAGANZA
January 19-23, 2017, in Lousiville, KY
The ELCA YM Network, or the “Network,” as you will often hear it called, hosts an annual continuing education and networking event called the Extravaganza. Featuring authors, researchers, and practitioners as speakers and presenters, alongside of bands and exhibitors, all assembled to help better equip the congregational youthworker, this is an event worth attending every few years. In 2017, we will gather in Louisville, KY. . To get more details or to register for the event, visit; ELCA YM Network Events.
Congregations in our synod employ youthworkers as part-time and full-time staff, and also have some rostered leadership positions on occasion. Check below for paid staff positions in this area (listed alphabetically), or to see ALL postings visit:
Tree of Life Lutheran, Harrisburg: Assistant Youth Director
This position is an important member of the ministry team of Tree of Life Church who works closely with the Youth Committee to develop and implement a youth-oriented ministry for the congregation’s youth. In concert with and under the guidance of the pastors and the Youth Committee, this position helps nurture the spiritual life and faith of our youth. Based on the gender of the current Director of Youth and Family Ministry, applicants should be female, at least 21 years of age, in compliance with the congregation’s Safe Sanctuary Policy. For an application and job description, please contact Carol at 238-8733 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will accept applications until the position is filled.
Trinity Lutheran, Chambersburg: Contemporary Worship Music Leader (part-time)
This position is available immediately, and includes worship music selection, working with volunteers, and music leadership on Sundays. The job description is attached as a pdf document, along with contact information, if interested.
Third Tuesday Conversations
The ELCA YM Network also offers a great opportunity to gather with peers to hear from ministry professionals about a range of topics by phone, on the third Tuesday of each month. These monthly conversations are scheduled for 2:00 PM Eastern time, and all you need is a phone, but you can with the right technology also log into the webinar site and get a fuller experience with web feeds and images posted throughout the conversation. You can register free of charge if you are an ELCA YM Network member. To learn more about the 3TC ministry.
The Practice Discipleship Initiative
Growing out of the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering, the Practice Discipleship Initiative is an effort to better equip congregational youth ministry leaders and volunteers with the most current research and information on faith formation and raising up young disciples in the church. We realized that many youthworkers would never be able to get financial assistance from their congregation to attend high-priced continuing ed events, but wanted to make available the same high quality and faithful materials as you might receive at these events. Thanks to generous grants from the ELCA, the ELCA YM Network, and for the time and energy of peer leaders at seminaries and institutions across the church, FREE webinars and workshop offering are available for ALL youthworkers to access..You can access FREE webinars on a range of topics by visiting the PD website.
I hope to post many daily devotional resources in weeks and months to come, but here are two I’d like to highlight. Both are Facebook pages/links that feature daily posts to your Facebook page with scripture, contextual media and thought-provoking questions to assist you in your daily conversation time with God.
The Daily BREW