What is an Extravaganza?
The Extravaganza is the annual gathering of children, youth and family ministry leaders from across the ELCA. It is so much more than a conference: it’s space to be stretched, it’s worship, it’s inspiring speakers, it’s learning from colleagues across the country, it’s sharing your insights with others, it’s informative and transformative. The Extravaganza is renewing, educational and connects you with others…then sends you home strengthened for the ministry to which you have been called.
The Extravaganza is for the professional and the volunteer. It is for the old and the young. It is for the urban, the suburban and the rural. It is for pastors, it is for lay people. It is for all adult leaders who share in the adventure we call children, youth and family ministry!
The Extravaganza is hosted by the ELCA Youth Ministry Network. There is more information about the Network available on our site.
Come, be fed. Gather in worship and at the table. Be nourished through music, inspiring speakers, and each other. Take time for prayer, rest, play and holy laughter. Experience the disruptive love and grace of God through renewal.
Come, be equipped. We bring together experts, practitioners, and draw upon the collective wisdom of you, the Network. Large group sessions feature keynote speakers that challenge, inspire, and speak to your heart. Workshops give you the nuts and bolts of ministry, “take-aways” you can start using the next week, and new ways of thinking about your ministry. Experience the disruptive nudging of the Holy Spirit moving you forward in ministry.
Come, be connected. We are not meant to do ministry alone. There is a dynamic, vibrant community of colleagues who share in the same struggles and joys that you do. Some of the most powerful moments at the Extravaganza happen not in the formal sessions, but in the lounge areas and restaurants of the hotel, as you sit across the from someone with the same job description and ask: “So what works for you?”, “What brings you joy?” Experience the disruptive joy of new and renewed friends in ministry connected through Christ