As a church that is energized by lively engagement in our faith and life, the ELCA offers a variety of opportunities for youth to grow in and explore their faith.

Youth Ministry Coordinator

Pr. Nikoli Falenschek
Direct Office Phone: 507-403-0494
Email: [email protected]

Youth With Hands on Pastor

Youth Minister Zoom Gatherings

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Do you work with children or youth in your congregation, either as a volunteer or paid staff? We are scheduling a Zoom gathering each month to help you feel supported and to equip us all to better serve our communities. We begin in just under a month, so get that event on your calendar!

Click each date below for more information. 


Join the SW MN Synod Youth Ministers Group on Facebook

Request to join the group. This group has been created for Youth Ministers in the SW MN Synod (and their friends) to share ideas and strengthen one another in ministry. Please use this group to do things such as ask questions, seek opinions and share resources.

Children/Youth BASICS Questionnaire

One of the things I want to do well is support the many children and young adult ministries operating in our synod. I would really appreciate five minutes of your time to fill out a very basic questionnaire, which will give you an opportunity to introduce me to your ministry context.




Like and follow the SW MN Synod Youth!

Here is where we will be posting pictures and updates about our gatherings, events, LYO board, or our ELCA Youth.

Hashtag: #swmnyouth

Youth Ministry Resources

The Youth Ministry program of the ELCA provides and supports resources, information, networking, and programs for people who serve in ministries with youth and young adults.

Stay Connected

We are church together. From small congregations on the prairie to large congregations in urban centers (and everything in between), we come together as the Southwestern Minnesota Synod.

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