The Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) is an organization of high-school age young people who are members of the ELCA. There are nearly 100,000 ELCA youth across the United States and the Caribbean.
The LYO is a place where the voices of young people are lifted up in the church. This ministry happens through young people discussing and advocating issues of importance to them concerning faith, youth ministry, the ELCA, local communities, and the world.
The LYO Board is made up of 15 youth and 10 adults from our synod. They plan and coordinate the synod’s Jr. and Sr. High Youth Gatherings and raise up the voice of youth on a synod level. Youth who serve on the LYO board are in grades 9-12 and are elected at the Sr. High Youth Gathering. Each conference has an adult representative on the LYO board that is elected or appointed by the conference. Youth Ministry Coordinator, Sarah Hausken advises the LYO board.
The SW MN Synod Sr. High and Jr. High Youth Gatherings are annual events!
Here are the dates for 2020:
- Sr. High Youth Gathering
March 27-28, 2020 – Canceled
Courtyard by Marriott, Mankato, MN
- Jr. High Youth Gathering 2.0
The SW MN Synod LYO Board is planning an online version of the gathering with speaker Joe Davis, Youth Faith Talks, Service Projects, and Nightlife. It will be designed for groups to participate in a group gathered in person, or for individuals to participate at home. It will be completely free. Click here for more information.