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

The ELCA Youth Leadership Summit is an annual gathering for high school youth identified as leaders and an adult representative from each synod. The 2019 Summit will Equip the youth leaders through Peer Ministry Leadership. They will learn to welcome and include others in all situations promoting diversity and acceptance.  They will learn to share God’s love and grace through their daily connections, becoming aware of the hurts and needs of those around them and living out the Good Samaritan story. Through the peer ministry training the participants will learn how to be careful listeners, to guide healthy and purposeful conversations, to clarify concerns and values, to ask open-ended questions and make observations, and know when a task is to large and how to ask for help.

Youth will be challenged to take home what they have learned and to inspire action and teach others what they learned in their own synods and youth groups.

The Youth Leadership Summit is a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and partners with the Domestic Mission Unit, the Faith Formation Team, the SYMBOL Network, the ELCA Youth Gathering, 65 Synods across the United States, ELCA Disability Ministries, and ELCA Ethnic Specific Ministries.

Who attends?  Two youth in grades 9-12 and one adult per synod are invited to attend. Synods are asked to pay attention to gender, ethnic and ability diversity when selecting youth leaders to participate.

THEME VERSE: EPHESIANS 4:11-13

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

SCHEDULE:

We start with dinner on Thursday, October 31st at 6:00 pm Eastern and conclude on Sunday by 11:00 am Eastern.  A detailed schedule will be provided closer to the event.

When booking flights into Charlotte Airport (CLT), be sure to plan arrival no later that 3:30 pm on Thursday October 31st and depart no earlier than 2:00 pm on Sunday November 3rd.

MUSIC:

Pastor John Tirro, University of Tennessee Tyson House

SPECIAL GUESTS:
  • Lyle Griner, Peer Ministry Leadership
  • Bishop Tim Smith, NC Synod
  • Savanna Sullivan, ELCA Young Adult Ministries
  • Molly Beck Dean, ELCA Youth Gathering
  • Jessica Stewart, Lenior Rhyne University
  • Chris Harris, Newberry College
  • Brenda Poggendorg, Roanoke College
COSTS:

All lodging, meals, programming, and a bus to and from the Charlotte Airport are provided by a gracious grant from the ELCA. Our synod will provide the flights for the two youth and one adult attending from our synod and any incidentals they might incur during their travels.

APPLY TO ATTEND:

If you are interested in attending as a representative from the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, please complete the following PDF application and return it to the synod office by September 23, 2019.

2019 YLS Application

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/

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