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Child Youth and Family Ministry Network

The Child Youth and Family Ministry (CYFM) Network works to have a grace-filled impact on children, youth, emerging adults, and families throughout our synod. This will boldly empower all of us to live out our baptismal call in the world. We focus on:

  • Baptismal Identity: articulating a shared theological understanding based in the baptismal covenant--CYFM is at the heart of ministry, with every person equally valued from infants to older adults.
  • Connectivity: strengthening the network of support for CYFM by connecting people, congregations, conferences, and communities.
  • Equipping: providing training that empowers leadership development in CYFM.

We want to know your stories! -- and to share them with other congregations. Are you planning an event? Let us know and we will help get the word out.

For more information, contact chairperson Deacon Charlie Germain at 845-225-4698. Committee meetings are open to anyone who wants to attend. To join the committee, sit in on the meetings, or get on our e-mail list, contact Charlie.



  • The ELCA National Youth Gathering: The next Gathering, a triennial event, will be in the summer of 2015 in Detroit. Visit www.elca.org/gathering for more information as it becomes available. Our synod coordinator, Lisa McCaffrey, can be reached at detroitlisa2015@gmail.com.


Ever wonder, what’s happening to the church? Attendance is down. The congregation is aging. Many congregations are experiencing financial difficulties. What’s the future? The Practice Discipleship Initiative was developed to help church leaders and congregations wrestle with these questions.

The Practice Discipleship Initiative is a movement in the ELCA designed to move the church into the 21st century. View webinars about faith formation at www.practicediscipleship.org.

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