Children, Youth and Family Ministry

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If you are looking for a staff position in Children, Youth and Family Ministry in our synod, please visit our job postings.

2018 ELCA Youth Gathering – Houston, Here we Come!

The 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering will be June 27-July 1 in Houston, TX with the theme of “This Changes Everything.” Gracia Johnson will be serving as our synod’s coordinator. Contact her at or 701.223.3560 with any questions and watch for more information. But, in the meantime, who’s excited?!?!


Practice Discipleship Initiative

Practice_Discipleship_LogoThe Practice Discipleship Initiative is at work across the ELCA  equipping adults for the ministry of faith formation with young people.   Practice Discipleship provides training resources including webinars, discussion questions, workshops and more for congregations.

Each Synod also has Practice Discipleship coaches who have been trained to lead this project in their local synod.  To learn more about what Practice Discipleship is up to in our synod, contact
Practice Discipleship coaches: Janie Hague and Tara Ulrich, DM.


Wndbags is a monthly gathering of those working with youth in the Western ND Synod. We meet monthly for lunch at Ye Olde Malt Shoppe in Garrison at Noon. After lunch, we head over to St Paul’s Lutheran in Garrison to watch and discuss a webinar produced by the ELCA Youth Ministry Network on a variety of topics related to the ministry we engage in each day.

Upcoming Gatherings

Join us for lunch, conversation, a chance to build our ministry skills, and time for mutual encouragement and support.  Please let us know if you plan on attending by contacting Gracia Johnson at or 223-3560.

ELCA Youth Ministry Network

elcaymnet The ELCA Youth Ministry Network exists to strengthen and empower adult youth ministry leaders in service to Christ as a part of God’s mission.  The Network includes professional and volunteer youth ministers, pastors, theologians, teachers and others who seek to be a part of forming the faith of todays younger generations.  Each year the Network sponsors the ELCA Youth Ministry Extravaganza, a national continuing education event for those in youth ministry, as well as regional networking opportunities.  Membership includes a quarterly journal, discounts with youth ministry publishers, discounted registration for the Extravaganza, access to continuing education opportunities and youth ministry planning resources, job listings for youth ministry positions across the country and much more.  Learn more at

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