Training & Networking


There are a variety of training opportunities available for adults who work with children and youth:

Practice Discipleship

Check out the Practice Discipleship page for online webinars, curriculum and opportunities for face-to-face training.


In-Depth Training

Several places offer Certification Schools and other in-depth trainings for people involved in youth ministry. Click on the links below to learn more.

Safeguarding God's Children

A resolution was passed at the 2011 Nebraska Synod Assembly that encourages congregations to train adults who work with young people on guidelines for Safeguarding God’s Children. It also provides that the Synod shall continue to provide such training to ministry leaders.

What do members of your mission center know about sexual abuse of young people? Would you like to offer high-quality training for them on this topic? Click here for more information.


As they say, “Two heads are better than one.” Better yet, Jesus said, “Where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”

To come together with others working with youth ministry, please check out the networks below:


Lincoln and Omaha Area Youth Ministry Network



Youth ministry adult leaders who are in Lincoln and Omaha and the surrounding areas are invited to be a part of the Lincoln and Omaha Area Youth Ministry Network. This group meets on the second Thursday every month from noon to 2 p.m., usually at Carol Joy Holling Camp near Ashland.  Come and share your events, ideas and questions. And bring your lunch. For more information, email Amy Woods.



ELCA Youth and Children’s Ministry Networks



The ELCA Youth Ministry Network seeks to provide opportunities for spiritual renewal, continuing education and networking for adults who work with children, youth and families in our congregations.  Click here to learn more and here to join their Facebook group

The Christian Education Network of the ELCA supports lifelong faith formation in the home and congregation.  Click here for more information and here to join their Facebook group.


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