Welcome to the CENetwork Website

Welcome to the Christian Education Network of the ELCA website!  If you are new to the CENetwork, please look around.  You'll find there are some things available to the public.  You'll find there are many more things available to members.  Let us know how we can help you with your ministry!

Blessing of the Backpacks

It is that time of year, when Christian Educators are busy planning for the fall!  August has long days of planning!  One fun way to start the year off is with Blessing of the Backpacks.  Linda Staats, a CENetwork board member, has put together a great list of resources for the Blessing of the Backpacks  Please check out her site and those she lists! Linda's site is found here.

The Christian Education Network Mentor Program Is Here to Help!

Are you planning a teacher training for the fall?  Do you need to write a safe church policy for your congregation?  Check out the mentor program available for FREE to CENetwork members.  You will be assigned a trained experienced mentor to help you over a six week period to set goals and achieve your desired outcome.  Summer is a perfect time to get the help you need.  You will work with your mentor online or by phone, at your convenience. If you would like more information about getting assistance from a mentor, or you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact our Mentor Program Coordiantor, Judy Washburn, by clicking here.

A Mentor Program Testimony

I’ve been so pleased with the Mentoring Program through the Christian Education Network of the ELCA. My Mentor and I have made a great connection and she’s been incredibly flexible with my busy schedule, as well as patient during the craziness of my youth and children ministry schedules. My mentor has done a great job of asking the important questions, and pushing me to think realistically to obtain the goals we have set. I’m very grateful for this help in my new call-I’m new to Children’s Ministry, after years within Youth Ministry. The Ministry Program has been of great help, and I look forward to continue looking for guidance and advice through them! - Ashley

Our Mission

Supporting lifelong faith formation in the home and congregation.

Thanks to you we continue to discover new and effective ways to help, support, and network with clergy, staff, and volunteers in congregations across the nation.   If you'd like to make a financial donation, please click on one of the buttons to the left. Another option is to designate Thrivent Choice funds for the Christian Education Network of the ELCA.

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