Check out the latest list of resources and activities for young adults in the ELCA
This is your "VOCATION." You purpose for being...and we can connect you in various ways.
We have ELCA Colleges and Universities. We have online small groups for those recently graduating high school (PASSAGE) and for young adults in general (ABIDE). We also have campus ministries around the synod and the entire ELCA - stand-along ministries and those connected to congregations.
Wanna take a step closer to serving God by serving the Church - to become a pastor or a deacon? Then check out ELCASeminaries.org, where you can learn about getting a master's degree related to work in the Church; also, be sure to visit our synod's website regarding Candidacy to become a pastor or deacon.
Wanna get involved in the decision-making process in your synod and in the ELCA? Then make sure you put your name in to become a Voting Member at our annual Synod Assembly or for the triennial ELCA Churchwide Gathering.
Finally, be sure to checkout ELCA Young Adults website (elca.org/youngadults) or on most social media platforms @elcayoungadults...
ELCA Young Adult ONLINE Small Groups - ABIDE
Since the Fall of 2020, the ELCA Young Adults program has been putting forth content in the form of
small group materials called "ABIDE". They have archived the material for re-use, and is available HERE.
The ELCA YAGM site is here: https://www.elca.org/our-work/global-mission/young-adults-in-global-mission
Applications for the 2022-2023 year closed on February 1, 2022. Please be prayerful to see if YAGM is for you!
The ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission program invites ELCA young adults ages 21-29 into a transformative, year-long journey in international service. As they offer themselves in service, ELCA young adults are shaped by the witness of our global neighbors. They share in the journeys of companion churches and organizations in one of nine countries around the world.
A year of service through the Young Adults in Global Mission program invites young adults to become the hands and feet of Jesus in the world, providing critical support to ministries and projects in communities of need. It also invites volunteers into a journey of self-reflection, providing space to consider their sense of identity, God’s work in the world, and their place within it all.
Young adults serve in the spirit of accompaniment, walking alongside global companions in a manner that practices mutuality, interdependence and solidarity. Areas of service include, but are not limited to, health and development, congregational ministry, human rights, education, homelessness, addiction recovery, women’s issues and children and youth. All site placements provide opportunities for young adults to confront issues of wealth and poverty, racial privilege, economic disparity and globalization, all through the lens of faith.
Candidates for Young Adults in Global Mission apply to the program at-large rather than to a specific country. Applicant preferences are taken into account but the final decision about where volunteers serve is made by Global Mission staff and YAGM country coordinators in mid-April. Current YAGM country programs include: Argentina/Uruguay, Australia, Cambodia, Central Europe, Jerusalem/West Bank, Madagascar, Mexico, Rwanda, Senegal, Southern Africa and United Kingdom
We are a church that believes God is calling us into the world – together. Come, imagine yourself in the world!
To learn how you can support Young Adults in Global Mission, visit their sponsorship page here.
For further information contact YAGM at 1-800-638-3522, ext. 2446 or by email.