Youth and Family Ministry

The South-Central Synod of Wisconsin-ELCA Youth & Family Ministry Network maintains a strong online community via our Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/scswyouth/). Lay leaders, volunteers, pastors, and church staff engage with one another via posts and in-person conference networking. There is idea sharing, problem-solving and general conversation. The network provides support to one another in cooperation with the national ELCA Youth Ministry Network and the Region V Network facilitator allowing our synod to connect to other youth and family ministry leaders from across the country.
For more information about Youth & Family Ministry in the synod or to get connected:
Rev. Steve Kottke – Assistant to the Bishop
(608) 270-0201
Jason Xiong – Synod Council Representative
(847) 893-9226
Jennifer Kooistra – St. John’s Lutheran (Oregon)
(608) 291-4311

A hallmark of youth ministry in the ELCA and the South-Central Synod of Wisconisn is the ELCA Youth Gathering. Every three years, 30,000+ high school youth and their adult leaders from across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives.

An important part of the Gathering’s ministry are the two pre-events, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE), a faith formation and leadership development event primarily for youth of color, and the tAble, a gathering that gathers, blesses and empowers youth with disabilities.

The 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering will take place June 29-July 3, 2021 in Minneapolis, MN. Visit our synod Youth Gathering page to learn more at www.scsw-elca.org/ministries-and-partners/youthministry/elcayouthgathering/

Recent News & Events

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Follow the ELCA YOUTH GATHERING on Social Media! JUNE 27 - JULY 1

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Synod & Congregation Protection Plan

Synod plan and example/recommended plan for congregations for the protection of Children, Youth, Families & Vulnerable Adults

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