Southeastern Synod Youth and Young Adult Ministry


Living Well Cohort

Ministry Leaders - Our vocation calls us to model healthy behavior wherever we are, yet it can be challenging to manage and balance the many roles and responsibilities. How you care for your body and mind often takes a back seat to everything else and you pay the price. Tending to your health and staying consistent feels overwhelming! So often we hear, "I know what to do... but I have a hard time doing it."  
There's a new program designed specifically for ministry leaders (rostered and non-rostered). It focuses on the physical, nutritional, emotional, and spiritual challenges that come with being a ministry leader. It is 1:1 certified nutrition coaching AND ministry cohort support. It builds one success, one habit, and one change at a time so that sustainable patterns are created, which will have lasting effects on your life. You are invited to join us on this journey of holistically Living Well. The next cohort group starts January 13, 2020. Please register by January 6.  Check out the information, program outline, and FAQs on the website:
Here is a personal note from Pastor Shannyn Feurst, Faith Lutheran Church, Seattle, Washington:

Hello!  My name is Shannyn Fuerst and I serve as the pastor at Faith Lutheran Church, Seattle in the Northwest Washington Synod.  One of my passions is working with the intersection of ministry and health & wellness, namely for ministry leaders.  Over the past 18 months, I've been part of putting together a program to specifically address the challenges and struggles ministry leaders face with health, wellness, and nutrition along with the effect it has on healthy leadership.  Using the ELCA Wellness Wheel as a foundation, it has informed and helped shape parts of the program.  Last year we held our pilot group, seeing great impacts for the pastors, deaconesses, and lay leaders who participated, both in their personal health and the health of their congregations.  After all, a healthy leader fosters a healthy congregation.  Below is a short announcement about the Living Well Cohort group.  I would be appreciative if you could put it into your synod announcements.  Thank you so much!
Pastor Shannyn Fuerst

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.