Youth & Family Ministry

SCSW Children, Youth, and Family Ministry Network

The South-Central Synod of Wisconsin-ELCA Youth & Family Ministry Network maintains a strong online community via our Facebook group ( 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 Marie Leafblad in the synod office OR one of the current network conveners:

Heather Greenley
Central Lutheran – Edgerton
(608) 884-9418

Jay Kiel
St. Luke’s Lutheran – Middleton
(608) 831-6084

ELCA Youth Gathering

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A hallmark of youth ministry in the ELCA and the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin is the ELCA Youth Gathering. Every three years (note that the 2021 Youth Gathering has been postponed to 2022; the next Gathering will then follow the regular cycle and take place in 2024), 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 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering will take place July 21-24, 2022 in Minneapolis, MN. Visit our synod Youth Gathering page to learn more at

COVID-19 Children, Youth & Family Ministry Resources

Monthly CYFMN Zoom Gatherings

When: Monthly on the 4th Thursday, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Where: Zoom Webinar
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: