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What's an Extravaganza?

The Extravaganza is an amazing event.  The Extravaganza is an annual 4-day conference that draws together anywhere from 700-1000 adults who work with children, youth and families in congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for the premier renewal, education and networking event of our church.  It is for the professional and the volunteer.  It is for the old and the young.  It is for the urban, the suburban and the rural.  It is for pastors, it is for laypeople.  It is for all who share in the adventure we call youth and family ministry.

The Extravaganza is put on by the ELCA Youth Ministry Network.  There is more information about the Network available on our site.


The Extravaganza is church.  It’s where the people gather to be fed by the Word and to receive the sacraments.  Every day we will gather at the table. Every day we will worship together.  There is great music…there are powerful homilists… There is a prayer chapel… At the Extravaganza, we experience the love and the grace of God.  For many of us in ministry, who are tending the faith journeys of others, these experiences don’t come along often.


We bring together the best of the best.  Our learning is designed around two primary venues. 

  • The large group sessions bring forward a keynote speaker  who challenges and enlightens.  The large group sessions are less about the tactics of youth and family ministry, and are more about the heart of the person in ministry. 
  • The workshop session get down to the nuts and bolts.  They are skill and tactic oriented and will include lots of “take-a-ways”, things you can make use of right away in your ministry.


You are not alone. There is a dynamic, vibrant community of colleagues who share in the same struggles and joys that you do. Some of the most powerful moments at the Extravaganza happen not in the formal sessions, but in the lounge areas and restaurants of the hotel, as you sit across the from someone with the same job description and ask: “so what works for you?”, “what brings you joy?”

The Network and the Extravaganza is stronger because you will be a part of it. You're going to love it!

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