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!




Quick! What’s your favorite hymn? If you answered “I Love to Tell the Story” then I’ve got an opportunity for you!

The ELCA’s Mission Interpretation Ministry (MIM) was formed in 1993 to share with others how God is active in our lives and in our communities. We have a story to tell and it is God’s story as written in scripture, and our story as God has touched our lives and the lives of those around us.

MIM will be holding their conference virtually this year. Starting August 15, a series of virtual sessions will equip us on the role of storytelling, sources for stories, and how to effectively tell the story. As storytellers, we can then assist in telling the story far and wide throughout our synod and into our communities. More information is available below.

Our Southeastern Synod has some available spots for the training.

Please contact Pastor Karen Boda at if you are interested.

ELCA Mission Interpretation Ministry Conference

A Series of Virtual Sessions Starting August, 2020
We are a church that believes God is calling us into the world — together. As members of the ELCA, we use our time, talents and resources to do God’s work in the world. Stories of how these gifts focus on congregation, synod and churchwide activities are shared through Mission Interpretation Ministry.

In 2020 leaders of this ministry will be equipped and supported through virtual gatherings beginning on Saturday, August 15. Each synod is invited to have 3-5 people participate in these tracks.  Registrants will be encouraged to participate in the two tracks described below.
Mission Interpretation: Beginning the Journey (MIB) is designed for those new to Mission Interpretation Ministry. In our first session we will focus on the purpose and role of Mission Interpreters in the congregation and in the synod. Subsequent sessions will focus on:
  • the role of storytelling and skills for effective storytelling,
  • planning for effective Mission Interpretation,
  • sources for stories,
  • recruiting and developing new Mission Interpreters.
  • learning more about specific ministries of the ELCA.
Individuals who want to have a better understanding of mission interpretation in the congregation and synod will benefit from this track.  This will develop and strengthen basic knowledge and skills.
Advancing the Interpretation Mission Journey (AIM) is designed for those who have experience
in Mission Interpretation Ministry. Nurturing and expanding this ministry within the synod can be a challenge. In this track leaders will learn how to:
  • expand the ministry through social media and networking,
  • introduce MI to small and large groups,
  • conduct a SWOT analysis,
  • develop a 90-day plan
While learning more about the connection between mission interpretation and God’s work through the ELCA, leaders will share best practices and effective strategies.

This online learning and community-building begins on Saturday, August 15, (10:30-12:30 CDT) via Zoom. MIB will continue on the first Tuesday of the following three months – September 8, October 6, and November 13, at 6 PM CDT. AIM sessions will be held on the third Thursdays - September 24, October 22, and November 19, at 6 PM CDT. A sharing of best Mission Interpretation Ministry practices and celebration of progress will be held on Saturday, January 16, Saturday 10:30-12:30 CDT.

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.