Southeastern Synod Youth and Young Adult Ministry


Candidacy Highlights, updated November 2019
Entranced – candidate’s potential for ministry identified, beginning of candidacy process
Endorsed – affirmation of specific ministry track (happens about ½-way through the process)
Approved -  confirmation of readiness for rostered ministry (next step: assignment, acceptance of a call)
At our November 7-9 meeting we:
  • Entranced Isaac Taylor,  Word and Sacrament
    • Home congregation – St. John’s, Knoxville, TN  
  • Entranced Adam Waddell, Word and Sacrament
    • Home congregation – Epiphany, Collierville, TN  
  • Endorsed Judy Bullock, Word and Sacrament
    • Home congregation – Cross of Life, Roswell, GA
  • Endorsed Taylor Burton-Edwards, Word and Sacrament (Ordained in Another Christian Tradition)
    • Home congregation – St. Matthew, Columbus, GA
  • Endorsed Anna Hurley, Word and Sacrament
    • Home congregation – St. Paul, Vonore, TN
  • Approved Emilie Casey, Word and Sacrament
    • Home congregation – St. John’s, Knoxville, TN
  • Approved Katie Christie, Word and Sacrament (Ordained in Another Christian Tradition)
    • Home congregation – Trinity, Lilburn, GA
  • Approved Nyahaley Labor, Word and Sacrament through TEEM (Theological Education for Emerging Ministries)
    • Home congregation – St. Stephen, Decatur, GA
Next candidacy meetings:
  • April 23-25 , 2020 (deadline for materials is February 15)
  • August 20-22, 2020 (deadline for materials is July 1)
  • November 12-14, 2020 (deadline for materials is September 15) 
Steps (in order) to enter candidacy:
Contact Synod Office for information & checklist/contact ELCA seminary of choice
Schedule & complete Initial Discernment interview through the Candidacy Committee (some paperwork required)
Schedule & complete Entrance interview through the Candidacy Committee (paperwork, background check, & psychological testing required)
Enter ELCA seminary

To begin the candidacy process, speak with Deacon Jeanette Burgess in the Synod Office, 404-589-1977, ext. 232

Photo credit here.

ALL TENNESSEE 2020 - November 14

Times: tba

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.