Southeastern Synod Youth and Young Adult Ministry


Saturday, November 13, 2021

10am-12noon ET / 9-11am CT

via ZOOM

an ONLINE gathering of all youth (6th-12th grade) of the Southeastern Synod, 

especially those from Tennessee

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We will explore what it means to SHARE OUR GOSPEL STORY together by gathering online and learning how God is active in our lives, even when we don't realize it!   

And this is what sets our SOUL ON FIRE!





Here are some highlights from the 2019 Leadership Convocation:

  • Presenter, Rev. Dr. Sam Giere, Wartburg Theological Seminary, offered a series of presentations during which we explored the proclamation of Jesus Christ in such a time as this (Esther 4:14), by discerning 'the times,' considering the relationship of trust and truth, and engaging the prophetic nature of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Many thanks to Dr. Giere for challenging us to proclaim the Gospel boldly, for such a time as this.
  • We engaged in a strategic visioning process with our bishop. There will be more information forthcoming about this and next steps soon.
  • We gathered each day for worship and centering ourselves around the word proclaimed and the meal served.
  • We heard from Pr. Tiffany Chaney regarding updates on our Umoyo work in aiding our historically black churches in our synod to become vitalized in their mission and ministry.
  • Mr. Hilton Austin shared about advocacy work in the synod
  • Inspiritus leaders Mr. John Mueller and Deacon Michelle Angalet shared how we can be active in engaging the Georgia lawmakers regarding the current refugee assistance opportunities, with opportunities to come for our other states.
  • Mr. Jerry Weyrauch gave a passionate presentation on the work of the Suicide Prevention Task Force ministry.   Soon, each deanery will be given a pack of materials to use and distribute as needed.   For suicide prevention resources, check out our web page here:  Mr. Weyrauch also presented the Fire and Ice award to Pr. Gary Soop for opening up dialogue about suicide prevention at St. Mark’s LC, Huntsville.  Good work, Pr. Soop!  ( “Fire and Ice” award - for someone whose life has been touched by suicide, and who has chosen to turn that event from the “frozen” state of hopelessness into the powerful “flame” of hope that inspires others to pursue suicide prevention in everyday life!)
  • At the Women in Ministry discussion, we shared an opportunity for women which will take place at the Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman, Alabama.  During five eight-day sessions over two and a half years, the women will engage in theological, scriptural and experiential reflection in addition to simply having time to rest, renew, and experience community with other women ministers. The program is fully funded by the Lilly Foundation. Time for application is limited, so please act quickly:
  • 2019 Southeastern Synod Leadership Convocation EVALUATION is HERE!!!

Click here for the 2019 Leadership Convocation photo album.


Click here to see the Convocation Agenda (If this link does not work, simply scroll to the bottom of this page)

Click HERE for a PDF of the AGENDA  

Click HERE for a PDF of the WORKSHOPS

Focusing on the theme "Preaching in Such a Time as This: Kairos, Truth, and Prophetic Gospel," the Southeastern Synod's rostered ministers and lay leaders will hold its 2019 Leadership Convocation, October 15 -17, at Lutheridge, Arden, NC.

Our keynote speaker, the Rev. Dr. Sam Giere, Wartburg Theological Seminary, will offer a series of presentations during which we will "explore the proclamation of Jesus Christ in such a time as this (Esther 4:14), by discerning 'the times,' considering the relationship of trust and truth, and engaging the prophetic nature of the gospel of Jesus Christ."

This year's convocation brings changes and opportunities listed below:
  • One-on-one with Bishop Strickland - Four, 30-minute segments are being provided to meet one-on-one with Bishop Kevin Strickland.  (Note: You may also contact Ms. Carolyn Nottingham Davis, or 404-589-1977, extension 235, to schedule a synod office or telephone call appointment with the Bishop.)
  • One-on-one with the Rev. Karen Boda, Assistant to the Bishop for Congregational Life - Four, 30-minute segments are being provided to meet one-on-one with Pastor Boda to discuss MOBILITY. (Note: Beginning September 2019, you may contact her at or 404-589-1977, extension 226, to address mobility, Global Mission and other areas for which she has oversight.)
  • First Call Gathering - The gathering, led by Pastor Michael Jannett, will take place on Tuesday, October 15 from 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Free Time Events - You are welcome to spend your free time on Wednesday afternoon as you please or join one of the organized outings: Hiking with Rossing; Chat and Chill with the Bishop; Groce and Jones Go Golfing.
  • Interim Pastors' Gathering - The gathering, led by Pastor Delmer Chilton, will take place on Thursday, October 17 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  •  Registration - Please contact Ms. Carolyn Nottingham Davis should you have registration questions.

Convocation Agenda

Monday, October 14
1:00 PM                           Dean’s Meeting –Upper Efird
6:00 PM                           Dinner – Dining Hall
7:30 PM                           Worship- Mission Hall
8:30 PM                           Fellowship – Upper Efird
Tuesday, October 15
8:30 AM                           Breakfast – Dining Hall
9:00-12:00                       Dean’s Meeting Continues & First Call Gathering
10:00-12:00 PM              Individual meeting with Bishop Strickland – Kohnjoy Lounge
                                         Individual meeting with Pastor Boda – Kohnjoy Conference
12:00 PM                         Dean’s luncheon with NovusWay
12:00 PM                         Lunch – Dining Hall

All events in Faith Center unless otherwise indicated; Mission Hall will be open for prayer throughout the event.
Tuesday, October 15
9:00 AM                           Check-in for the Leadership Convocation – Efird Outside
1:30-2:30 PM                  Opening Eucharist
2:30-2:50 PM                  Break
2:50-4:30 PM                  Welcome and Presentation 1: Discerning the Times: Trust me
4:30-4:45 PM                  Break.
4:45-6:00 PM                  Workshops**
6:00-7:00 PM                  Dinner – Dining Hall
7:00-8:15 PM                  Time with the Bishop
8:25-8:50 PM                  Evening Prayer – Mission Hall
8:50 PM                           Reception for outgoing Synod Staff/ Back Porch of Dining Hall       
Wednesday, October 16
7:30 AM                           Morning Prayer – Mission Hall
8:00-8:55 AM                  Breakfast – Dining Hall
9:00-10:30 AM                Presentation 2: Truth: When 2 +2=4 is Subversive
10:30-10:45 AM              Break
10:45-12:15 AM              Around the Synod Updates
12:15-12:30 PM              Break
12:30 PM                         Lunch – Dining Hall
1:00-6:00 PM                  Free Time
1:00-5:00 PM                  Lutheridge Camp Store open
6:00-7:00 PM                  Dinner – Dining Hall
7:00-8:15 PM                  Workshops**
8:30-9:00 PM                  Evening Prayer – Mission Hall
9:00 PM                           Fellowship – Back porch of Dining Hall
Thursday, October 17
7:30 AM                           Morning Prayer – Mission Hall
8:15-9:00 AM                  Breakfast – Dining Hall
9:00-9:30 AM                  Check out of rooms
9:30-11:00 AM                Presentation 3: Prophetic Gospel: Who is Christ for today
11:00-11:30 AM              Closing Thoughts
11:30-12:30 PM              Closing Worship
12:30 PM                         Lunch (Dining Hall) and Depart

Thursday, October 17
1:00-3:00 PM                  Interim Ministry Training – Lower Efird

ALL TENNESSEE 2020 - November 14

For all youth in 6th through 12th grades


MORNING SESSION: on your own, in your household, or with your youth group (if you are gathering in-person, physically distanced, of course). Suggested start time is 10:00am EST / 9:00am CST.

AFTERNOON SESSION: we gather via ZOOM at 3:00-4:30pm EST / 2:00-3:30pm CST

CONCERT WITH RACHEL KURTZ: after our afternoon session, Rachel Kurtz will join in our ZOOM call to lead a concert!!!

So cool! So excited!

PLUS, we get to reveal the theme that SESLYO developed for our 2020-2021 youth events for the synod...Accept.  Embrace.  Spread Grace.

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.

This year, we are taking registrations on an INDIVIDUAL BASIS, NOT through a congregational registration.

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.