This is a question frequently asked during a membership drive/ fundraising campaign. In the Christian Education Network of the ELCA membership means partnership in ministry. It is the opportunity to contribute not only financially but personally. We are connecting people globally as they seek to implement the best teaching and learning practices in Christian Education. (check out this website to learn more about membership in this unique community.)
As the program year is ramping up, are you feeling overwhelmed as you make plans for your congregation? The Christian Education Network of the ELCA is here to help. We are happy to help with suggestions for quick questions. We are happy to be a sounding board as you think through ideas. We are also happy to walk alongside you for a longer period of time!
Here is a testimony about the Mentor Program:
"Rarely does something exceed my expectations as much as CENetwork's mentor program did these past months. Each goal I set and question I asked my mentor opened a world of answers and suggestions from her extensive and diverse experience. She was so patient and positive with me, I was inspired to read and learn many things outside of our sessions and follow up on her recommendations of literature and websites. The energized effects of my relationship with my mentor rippled out to Sunday School leaders, children, other staff members, my bible study group and even the pastor. I cannot recommend the program enough, especially for the way it helped grow confidence in my own work. Don't let this opportunity pass you by!" - Suzanne
From the Mentor's Point of View:
A Facebook party!
We've started a series of Facebook parties in 2017 and you're invited!
Hosted by one of our board members, Emily O'Brion Dalen, our Facebook parties will be a great way to learn from each other and meet others in the Christian education community. All Facebook parties begin at 8:00 p.m. Central in our Facebook group. Check out the Facebook Group page to find out when the next party is!
Are you gathering your resources and making plans to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation? The Christian Education Network of the ELCA is here to help! We have added a tab with resources. We will be adding to that page as we find more valuable resources! One of the CENetwork Board members has shared her "Flat Marty". Another board member shared some curriculum ideas and a power point with us. A Middle School retreat focusing on the Martin Luther and the Small Catechism is also available! Just log in and check it out!
Supporting lifelong faith formation in the home and congregation.
Building a community which equips, encourages, and empowers those engaged in lifelong faith formation in a changing world.
The CENetwork will:
- Identify and evaluate resources and educational opportunities
- Facilitate communication and conversation
- Offer guidance, networking and mutual support
- Nurture spiritual growth online and face to face