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  • 08 Oct 2018 10:44 PM | Todd Buegler (Administrator)

    The Network is releasing the results of the 2018 Salary Survey.  415 people professionals and volunteers took the survey over 30 days from mid August to September.

    Overall, salaries have increased since the last time a full-survey was completed in 2015.  Full time professionals who are not on the ELCA rosters saw their salaries increase approximately 9% over 3 years.

    Salary increases were much larger for rostered congregational staff members however.  Prior to the ELCA''s unification of Associates in Ministry, Diaconal Minister and Deaconesses into one roster, their average annual salary in 2015 was $35,638.  In 2018, those who are now rostered as Deacons have an average salary of $44,488, an increase of approximately 24%...<Read More>


  • 01 Feb 2018 9:57 AM | Todd Buegler (Administrator)

    The Network is a community that prays for each other.  And I suspect we can all agree that we’re in favor of prayer.

    And using the “Prayer Request” feature in the Network app is a great way for us to keep in touch and to pray for each other.  After Extravaganza 2018 in Houston, there was a big jump in usage for this feature of the app.

    But I’ve also received a bunch of questions about how to limit the email notifications...Read More...


  • 14 Dec 2017 2:22 PM | Todd Buegler (Administrator)

    The ELCA Youth Ministry Network’s Board of Directors has completed a one-year process to revise and update its “Standards and Guidelines for Professionals” document.

    The original version of our Standards and Guidelines was created and released in 2011,  It helped to give shape to the professional development of those who are called to serve with children, youth and families in ELCA congregations.  It also gave shape to many of the programs and ministries that the Network has continued or launched since then... <read more>


  • 30 Sep 2017 1:36 PM | Todd Buegler (Administrator)

    The ELCA Youth Ministry Network’s Board of Directors affirmed the slate of board candidates presented by the Nominating Committee at its fall meeting in Houston, September 28-30.

    The recommendation of the Nominating Committee was to renew the terms of two of its current board members, Becky Cole and Rev. Regina Goodrich.  The NominatingCommittee also recommended Rev. Daniel Fugate to fill the third open position.  This position has been held by Erik Ullestad, who served two full terms and is not eligible for renewal.  Read more...


  • 29 Aug 2017 8:16 AM | Todd Buegler (Administrator)

    Every time an image of the flooding comes across my newsfeed, or my TV screen, my heart breaks a little bit.  The images of the interstates completely submerged…of homes deep in water…and of people awaiting rescue takes my breath away.

    And like many of you, my mind turns immediately to friends who live and work along the gulf coast:  Peggy, Jessica, Michael, David, Rozella, Beth, Karen and others. And there are those people I’ve gotten to know who work at the Hyatt in Houston, where the Extravaganza will be held from January 26-29, 2018:  Elizabeth, Michelle and David. And I worry, and I pray.  I’m certain that you are praying too.  <Read more...>


  • 24 Aug 2017 9:32 AM | Todd Buegler (Administrator)

    The ELCA Youth Ministry Network is excited to launch the Discipling Cohorts initiative, with the goal of training 500-600 children, youth, and family ministry leaders committed to growing and deepening in ministry leadership, personal faith, and vocational confidence. The initiative was created in response to the Network’s strategic goal for every member to create and live into a personal development plan.  Read more...



  • 15 Aug 2017 7:11 AM | Todd Buegler (Administrator)

    The ELCA Youth Ministry Network is seeking nominations of people who are qualified and willing to serve on the Network’s Board of Directors.

    The Network’s Board is responsible for the setting the vision and goals for the Network, and works with the Executive Director to live in to that vision.  The Board meets face-to-face three times during the year, once in the fall, again just prior to the Extravaganza and then again in the Spring.  Read more...


  • 22 Jun 2017 1:40 PM | Todd Buegler (Administrator)

    The ELCA Youth Ministry Network’s strategic plan has taken a huge step forward. Approved in February, it has the ambitious goal that “every Network member will create and live into a plan that deepens their skills and identity in ministry.”

     This goal means that every member of the Network will engage in developing a personalized plan for vocational, skill and ministry development, and the Network will provide the resources for the creation and tracking of those plans.

     The Network will use a familiar platform in executing its strategic plan... <Read More>


  • 04 May 2017 11:55 AM | Todd Buegler (Administrator)

    This summer, hundreds of our congregations, maybe even thousands, will load up planes, trains and automobiles and head out on summer trips.  Destinations will include Bible camps, work camps, mission trip sites, national parks, music festivals and more.  And almost all of us will remember to pack a trip first-aid kit prior to departing to deal with cuts, bruises, scrapes, bumps and the occasional more significant injuries.

    But are you confident in how to use the kit?  <Read more...>


  • 04 Apr 2017 10:00 PM | Todd Buegler (Administrator)

    Most ELCA congregations work on their budgets in the fall.  Program budgets...salaries...benefits...all get worked out in the fall.  So we've got a "great deal" for you.  Invest a little bit of time right now...probably no more than 5-15 minutes, and you'll be better equipped for these important conversations in the fall.

    Your friends and colleagues in ministry need your help!

    Read more...


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