Youth and Family Ministry
The ELCA Youth Leadership Summit is an annual gathering for high school youth identified as leaders and adult representatives from each synod from across The ELCA. Two youth in grades 9-12 and one adult per synod are invited to attend. This year Rev. Steve Kottke, Assistant to the Bishop for the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin will accompany our youth to the summit.
For 2018, the youth leaders who will represent our synod are:
- Emily Sullivan (Grace Lutheran – Dodgeville)
- Lauren Glos (Christ Lutheran – Sharon)
This summit focuses on leadership development through engaging speakers and thought leaders in key areas at the intersection of leadership and faith in daily life AND faith formation and building connections for high school youth in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Youth are challenged to take home what they have learned to inspire action in their own synods and youth groups. The Youth Leadership Summit is a shared ministry between ELCA Youth Ministry and The SYMBOL Network (Synodical Youth Ministry Leaders).
The theme for the 2018 Summit is “Through Christ We Can” and took place November 1-4 at Camp Carol Joy Holling in Nebraska using Philippians 2:1-5 as it’s scriptural base. The event focused on young people’s call to ministry for the sake of others and advocacy because of their faith. For our learning and networking times they were joined by various ELCA ministries and staff including Advocacy, Young Adult Ministries, Justice for Women and Global Mission.