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 please contact the synod office OR one of the current network conveners:

Heather Greenley
Central Lutheran – Edgerton
(608) 884-9418
youth_clc@yahoo.com

Jay Kiel
St. Luke’s Lutheran – Middleton
(608) 831-6084
jkiel@stlukes-elca.org

When: Monthly on the 3rd Sunday, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Where: Host Congregations
Who: All high school youth in our synod are invited with their youth leaders.
Why: This is a time to come together as a larger church and enjoy a meal and other fellowship and interactive faith moments. We also spend time to pray with and for one another. Be sure to follow our Facebook group for full details: https://www.facebook.com/groups/scswyouth/.

When: Monthly on the 4th Thursday, 10:30am – 12noon
Where: Upper House, 365 East Campus Mall, Suite 200, Madison
Who: All in our synod who work in children, youth, family, cross+gen, and camp ministries.
Why: This is a time to share ideas, as well as our ups and downs of ministry with people who have similar experiences. We also spend time to pray with and for one another Be sure to follow our Facebook group for full details: https://www.facebook.com/groups/scswyouth/.

Save the Date!  March 7, 2020

We will having a Peer Ministry – Youth Lead Event for youth in our synod. Hosted by St. Luke’s in Middleton. Discover the Thrills the Chills and the Skills when youth are equipped, empowered and allowed to lead.

For more information check out the Peer Ministry link:  https://peerministry.org/pml-conference/

A hallmark of youth ministry in the ELCA and the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin 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 https://scsw-elca.org/elcayg2021/.

Documents & Resources

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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