Youth and family ministry relies on a network of faithful and hardworking youthworkers:
Youthworkers are congregational volunteers.
Youthworkers are pastors.
Youthworkers are congregational staff.
Youtworkers are parents.
Youthworkers accompany, mentor, and witness faith formation to the generation of children and youth, who are growing into their own powers as children of God, and disciples of Jesus in their congregations, homes, communities, and the world. In this synod we value our network of youthworkers, and offer a variety of continuing education and networking events. This page offers links to a number of these resources.
Events + Resources + Links
Families welcome to attend
Youthworkers Picnic & Crabfest
Saturday, July 27, 2019: Postponed
This day is really designed as a way to say thank-you to all of you who faithfully serve in faith formation and accompaniment with our children and youth. Youthworkers are welcome to bring their spouse/partners and families. This year, a wedding of some of our former youth is taking place that same day, so we are re-evaluating the timeline for this event. There is no charge to attend, but we do take a free-will offering to help support our synod’s Youth Ministry Endowment Fund*.*This fund helps to insure that youth ministry will continue to be a priority in this synod, even as budget constraints further reduces the ministries we can fund annually.
Youthworkers Picnic Flyer
Moses Kavishe: Recipient
2018 Youth Ministry Servant Award
Pastor Hal Fox: Recipient
2017 Youth Ministry Servant Award
Conversations and Networking with Peers
This is a new opportunity to gather for sharing ideas, joys, concerns, and to support and encourage one another. Congregational youthworkers, whether staff, volunteers or pastors are welcome to join peers for 90 – 120 minutes of conversation and networking. There will normally be a topical theme, with plenty of time for networking and exchanging ideas. Light refreshments will be provided, but participants are also welcome to bring or purchase a meal, depending upon the venue.
Table Talk gatherings will be scheduled around the synod, with future dates and locations listed below. If you’d like to “host” a future gathering, please contact our office.
UPCOMING Table Talk(s):
Certificate in Congregational Faith Formation
formerly Youth Ministry Certification School
This course is offered over a seven month period, in two-day increments, affording the congregational volunteer working in a full-time secular vocation, to attend without losing too many vacation days in one calendar year. The course includes theological, practical and theoretical training in developing a comprehensive congregational faith formation ministry. Alumni of the course develop a one-year plan for implementing an integrated faith formation strategy. Course tuition is $2,500.00, and a new course launches every fall. For more details on the 2018-2019 course, and to learn how to register, visit: https://unitedlutheranseminary.edu/academics/certificate-studies/