Youth Faith Formation

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Leadership Lab is designed to assist youth in acquiring skills that will be useful in congregational, local communities, and the world; while experiencing Christ's love in community. Each level of Lab is structured to help participants progress in their ability to be responsible ministry leaders and helps them grow in their awareness of God, self and others.


Ministry Links Online

Resources for households, children's and youth ministry. Curated by ELCA Pastor Janelle Rozek Hooper, the ELCA Program Director for Ministry with Children, this site links to hundreds of topics and ideas for ministry with children and youth.


Service Learning Camps

Service Learning Camps is a new organization that provides groups of all ages with Service Learning Opportunities.



Do you have a theologically astute high school student who is always peppering you with questions? Do you know a youth who has gifts for ministry? Send them to NEXUS! Nexus is a free, week-long residential experience for high school students to dive deep into leadership, theology, and their understanding of vocation. All this happens in the context of authentic Christian community. Based out of Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, a college of the ELCA, this event is FREE for one high school student per congregation (transportation not included). For more information talk to Pastor Elise Rothfusz in the synod office.