Southeastern Synod Youth and Young Adult Ministry


The 2018 ELCA Southeastern Synod Leadership Convocation will be held October 16 - 18, 2018 at Lutheridge, Arden, NC.  Rostered ministers and lay leaders are encouraged to attend.

Keynote Speaker:  This year we welcome the Rev. Michael L. Burk, Bishop, Southeastern Iowa Synod, as our Keynote Speaker.  Rooted in the gathering of God’s people around the means of grace, we will explore what it means to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ in a persistently changing landscape. Informed by scripture, grounded in the sacraments, and reflected in the decisions that we make, the gospel is a much-needed balm for the world’s “sin-sick soul,” and is the singular priority of the church of Jesus Christ.

Bishop Burk is a graduate of Wartburg College (BA), Wartburg Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and the University of Iowa (MA and Ph.D.). In 2001, Dr. Burk was named the “Albert E. Stone Distinguished Alumnus in American Studies” by the University of Iowa.
Prior to his election in 2008, Bishop Burk served as the ELCA Executive for Worship and Liturgical Resources. He was granted an honorary doctor of divinity degree by Wartburg Theological Seminary in recognition of his evangelical leadership, reflected in the development of the worship resource, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, and in his continuing ministry on behalf of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Bishop Burk contributes to the ELCA’s advocacy efforts on matters related to hunger and poverty and he has served as the Vice Chair of the ELCA Conference of Bishops.
Ordained in 1987, Bishop Burk served as pastor to congregations in Iowa until moving to Chicago to take up his work on behalf of the ELCA Churchwide Organization. He is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL) and an at-large member of the Consultation on Common Texts (CCT). He currently serves on the boards of Lutheran Services in Iowa, Grand View University, Luther College, and UnityPoint Health - Des Moines.

Final Schedule 


Wednesday Free Time Options

Hiking with the Bishop - details will be provided during the announcements at the Convocation.

New Belguim Brewery Tour - Voted #1 Best Brewery Tour in the US (USA Today Readers' Choice Award 2018). Contact Pr. Tim Wrenn if you would like to go.  Don't wait too long because space is limited!  The tour will last 90 minutes and is free.  Beer samples are included in the tour.  Children are welcome but, of course, only those 21+ can enjoy the samples.

Contact Pr. Jill Henning or Deacon Michelle Angalet if you have a tour or outing you would like to organize and have added to this list.


Online registration is closed.  Please call NovusWay Ministries at 825-209-6301 to register.  A quick summary of this year's offerings may be found below:
  • 2018 SE Synod Convocation - Participant Staying On-Site - October 16-18 - $225.00/$260 after 9/15
    • Sunday - Early Arrival - $50.00 (no meals)
    • Monday - Early Arrival - $25.00 (dinner Monday and breakfast Tuesday included)
  • 2018 SE Synod Convocation - Participant Commuting - October 16-18 - $175.00/$210 after 9/15 (includes meals)
  • 2018 First Call - October 15 - 16
  • 2018 Dean's Retreat - October 15 - 16
  • 2018 Boundary Training - October 18, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • 2018 Interim Pastors Gathering - October 18 - $80.00
  • 2018 SE Synod Convocation - Spouse of Participant Staying On-Site - October 16-18 - $100.00
  • 2018 SE Synod Convocation - Child/Youth of Participant Staying On-Site - October 16-18 - $50.00 


General questions about the Convocation may be directed to Ms. Carolyn Davis,, 404 589-1977.  For assistance with registration, please contact NovusWay,, 828-209-6301.  A YouTube registration tutorial is also available here.

ALL TENNESSEE 2020 - November 14

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For a HYBRID event (part in-home / part online)

For all youth in 6th through 12th grades


Cost?  FREE, since this event is a hybrid event, with part in-person / part-online

Who Can Come?  This gathering is for 6th-12th graders from congregations in the WHOLE SOUTHEASTERN SYNOD,

but especially for the Lutherans and friends of TENNESSEE. ALL are welcome.

In the midst of COVID-19, we are all looking for a way to share God's love with everyone.

We are wondering how to Accept.  Embrace.  Spread Grace.

We are combining some online events with some in-home activities to engage in All TN this year.


To see information from prior years, scroll down...

ALL TENNESSEE 2019 - November 9-10

Check out the pictures from 2019 All TN HERE

All TN 2019 took place at Trinity LC, Tullahoma, TN


122 youth and adults met November 10 & 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hixson, Tennessee for All Tennessee.  During the event youth from across Tennessee gathered to learn more about the "GODISNOWHERE" theme by participating in different activities throughout Saturday afternoon.  Youth looked at where God was through an interactive Stations of the Cross activity, they also got to ask Pastor Ed Myers and Pastor Katherine Museus any question they wanted to ask, they learned about how we can be God's hands in the midst of disasters through the work of Lutheran Disaster Relief and put together hygiene kits for Lutheran World Relief.  To finish out their service that day they moved mulch on to the church's playground.  Worship started with a group of youth from Christ Kiswahili Lutheran Mission leading in song and during the confession participants were invited to take a piece of string to represent their confession and tie it on nails that formed "GODISNOWHERE" - a powerful way to see that God comes to us in the midst of our brokenness and as we communed together we saw God come once again in the body and blood of Christ. Special thanks to the volunteers of Trinity Lutheran Church for their hospitality and meals, as well as the ALL Tennessee planning team for their hard work putting it all together.