Southeastern Synod Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Wondering what's next?   Trying to figure out where you fit?

Well, that makes you pretty normal.   But know this:  God has gifted you for a purpose!

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.  

Interested in learn more about how to figure out your true calling?  Then think about joining up with Young Adults in Global Mission or the Lutheran Volunteer Corps.

Wanna take a step closer to serving God by serving the Church - to become a pastor or a deacon?  Then check out, 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 ( or on most social media platforms @elcayoungadults...

2021 ELCA Young Adult ONLINE Small Groups - ABIDE

Registration for the summer sessions of Abide Online Small Groups are OPEN until May 27!

  1. If you're 18-35 register on the Google form below!
  2. Group assignments and further details will be sent out soon.
  3. Groups will meet weekly.
  4. Group meetings have started for the Spring 2021 sessions.

Check out the ELCA Young Adult Facebook page for the latest information.

 If you missed this session, fear not...more sessions to come.

ELCA Young Adult in Global Mission

(Update on 4/15/2020:  Unfortunately, due to the pandemic of COVID-19, the 2020-2021 YAGM Year has been cancelled.  They are still planning on sending volunteers in August 2021, for the program year for 2021-2022.  Click here to read the announcement.)

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/UruguayAustraliaCambodiaCentral EuropeJerusalem/West BankMadagascarMexicoRwandaSenegalSouthern Africa and United Kingdom

Applications for the 2021-2022 year will be open from Nov. 1, 2020, to Jan. 15, 2021, for service beginning that same August.

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.

To watch a video about YAGM click on the link below