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.
Online Application Form for the 2020-2021 SW MN Synod Lutheran Youth Organization Board
Application Deadline to apply is April 12th.
The SW MN Synod Sr. High and Jr. High Youth Gatherings are annual events!
Here are the dates for 2020:
- Sr. High Youth Gathering
The LYO Board will not be hosting an in person Sr. High Youth Gathering this spring, but starting March 1, they will be sharing social media posts (Instagram, TikTok and Facebook) to encourage people in faith. Check back for links!
- Jr. High Youth Gathering 2.0
The SW MN Synod LYO Board has an online version of the gathering with speaker Joe Davis, Youth Faith Talks, Service Projects, and Nightlife. It was be designed for groups to participate in a group gathered in person, or for individuals to participate at home. It is completely free and use anytime! Click here for more information.