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. Please see side menu for more information on LYO, YAGM, and Campus Ministry.
SW MN Synod Youth Ministry Coordinator:
Sister Sarah Hausken, Minister of Word and Service
Upcoming Youth Events!
The SW MN Synod LYO Board is planned 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 whenever it works for you. The sessions will also be split into segments so you can use individual pieces for discussion starters, confirmation, or however you want. It is completely free. Click here to find nightlife activities, devotions, discussion guides, prayer opportunities and service projects.The LYO Board looks forward to the time when we may gather safely in person!Save the Date! June 29 – July 3, 2021
ELCA Youth Gathering
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.
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Read the SW MN Youth and Family Ministry E-newsletter.
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Family Ministry Cohort
You’re invited to join a cohort of congregations working to build on nurturing families in faith.
For decades research from Vibrant Faith has shown us that “faith is passed on through personal, trusted relationships, often but not always, in one’s own home.” We’ve built beautiful Sunday School ministries and tried to connect church and home with often little success. We’re left with kids who love their Sunday School teachers and learn some Bible stories, but who often do not continue in faith because their parents and loved ones don’t feel equipped to nurture or practice faith at home.
This past year we were forced to do something different. We creatively provided families with opportunities to experience God’s love wherever they were. As we look towards Fall, we’re wondering,
- “Will families come back to the church building?”
- “What did we learn this year that we want to keep?”
- “How will we continue to partner home and congregation after the pandemic subsides?”
We have the opportunity to strengthen the faith@home and faith@church partnership that COVID has required.
The Family Ministry Cohort provides a toolkit of yearly resources, training, and weekly ministry assistance to help your congregation(s) do better ministry with families from tots through the teen years including a marriage ministry and a ministry with grandparents.
Please join us to explore:
Family AS Faith Community
Family WITHIN Faith Community
Family WITHOUT Faith Community
The SW MN Synod has covered the initial fee to begin this cohort. We ask that congregations contribute $100 to receive full access to a year of resources, training and weekly ministry assistance. The year will run from May 1, 2021 – May 1, 2022 with an opportunity to continue in future years. Congregations may join at any time, but will receive the most benefit from joining early.
Click here to join!
Send payment to the SW MN Synod, PO Box 499, Redwood Falls, MN 56283-0499. Please include the Family Ministry Cohort in the memo line.
Family Ministry Cohort resources, training and ministry assistance and provided by Lyle Griner, David Lynn and Kathy Lynn.
Lyle Griner is the Peer Ministry Leadership Director, writer, trainer and speaker. Lyle works across the country to help congregations and campuses of all denominations develop people as Peer Ministers, living faith every day, everywhere and in every relationship.
David and Kathy Lynn have over 30 years of experience in children’s, youth, and family ministry. David has written over 40 books, including the popular TalkSheets, and has trained youth workers across the country. Kathy has written nine books including HomeGrown Faith.
All of these resources below are links; please click the titles to view.
Youth Ministry Network
ELCA Message on Suicide Prevention
In the Aftermath of Suicide
Responses to Bullying
Preventing and Responding to Abuse in Ministry