Southeastern Synod Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Youth and Family Resources

Looking for a position in youth or faith formation in a Southeastern Synod Congregation?  Check out the Southeastern Synods Classifieds for the most up to date job listings.

Looking for additional resources from the ELCA? Click here for the ELCA Resource page.


Looking for children's ministry resources? Check out Children's Ministry from Group here:




The ELCA Youth Ministry Network strengthens and empowers adult leaders of children, youth and family ministry in service to Christ.  To learn more about the ELCA Youth Ministry Network click here:


The ELCA Ministry Links Online is the go to place for additional resources for living a life of faith, with resources for households as well as Christian children and youth ministry. Click below to be directed to their page:

Lord Have Mercy Liturgy

Check out this liturgy written by Pastor Delmer Chilton and Pastor Joel Emerson of the Southeastern Synod-ELCA.  This liturgy is simple to use, written for all ages and all denominations can be found here.

Additional Retreat locations:

The New Ebenezer Family Retreat Center and Conference Center is located in Rincon, Georgia, near Historic Savannah and provides comfortable accommodations, an expansive conference facility, and heartfelt hospitality.  Learn more here.

Lutherwood Campground is located at Lake Allatoona, Georgia.  While this retreat center is not associated with the ELCA it is a private members only campground derived from members of various Lutheran churches through out the Metro Atlanta Area.  To learn more about campground rentals click here

Camp Agape' (near Raleigh, North Carolina) and Kure Beach (near Wilmington, North Carolina) provide year-round, "high comfort" retreat facilities and summer camping programs to all people.  To learn more about holding a retreat at either of these site click here.

Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp & Retreat Center in Fort Valley, Virginia provies year-round retreat facilities.  To learn more about Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp click here.

Awanita Valley is located in Marietta, South Carolina and is open year-round and serves churches and Christian organizations from all denominations.  Learn more about Awanita Valley here.

Mission Trip - Preparing For 

Mission Trips - Short and Long Term


Drew Benton SafeHouse Outreach ATLANTA belize, jamaica – Southern California Memphis, TN  -Mississippi Coast  California/Mexico- Lutheran Group Christian Outreach International Reach Work Camps  Latin American Mission (Volunteers in Medical Missions) Operation Kid-to-Kid Forward Edge Serving In Mission Africa  Teams Commissioned for Christ International Christian Appalachian Project International Family Missions Greater Europe Mission Youth on Mission - Appalachian Western NC Ashville, NC  Miami, FL Nolensville, TN

Youth with a Mission – Costa Rica, 506-267-7063 (Southern Baptist) Memphis, TN (Baptist) Lutheran Border Immersion - EL Paso, TX Transformational world Ministries - San Diego/Mexico Weaverville, NC 888-254-1710

Service Project Ideas  Ronald McDonald House Pop Tab Collection Information International Justice Mission (Lutheran World Relief)  (grants – See  list of agencies that receive ELCA monies for their ministries) (Lutheran Peace Fellowship) (Hunger) (Operation Christmas Child - Christmas Shoe Boxes – Franklin Graham)

Resources for Youthworkers on Racism:


Covid 19

Call to Care for our siblings in India in the wake of the Covid 19 Crisis

Call to Care for our siblings in India in the wake of the Covid 19 Crisis

The situation in India is desperate in the wake of Covid-19 with surging cases and lack of healthcare  resources. The Southeastern Synod Disaster Ministry Committee committed to sending $1000.00 to support the Covid response in India and will match donations up to $2500.00.  Please consider donating to help respond to help our neighbors caught in the clutch of this pandemic. You may send your donations to the Southeastern Synod and mark it ‘Care for India' (in the Disaster Response section):   ...
Bishop Strickland Responds to CDC Updates on COVID-19

Bishop Strickland Responds to CDC Updates on COVID-19

May 18, 2021   Dear church, This coming Sunday, Pentecost Sunday, we will hear from Acts, “All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’” (2:12). But earlier in this well-known text, we hear that they “were all together in one place”. Oh, how we have yearned to be all together in one place. This now year plus of pandemic living has made us all wonder if we would ever be able to be back in one place. Worshipping together in one place. But what this pandemic has ...
Guidance from our Ecumenical Working Group Regarding CDC's Updates for Covid

Guidance from our Ecumenical Working Group Regarding CDC's Updates for Covid

From the Ecumenical Protocols for Worship, Fellowship, and Sacramental Practices group: The latest CDC guidance for masks and social distancing is for what INDIVIDUALS CAN do-- not what CONGREGATIONS (in which both vaccinated and unvaccinated people gather together) SHOULD do. As a Consultation we are committed BOTH to CDC guidance AND to the principle that we will not cause stigma about either illness or vaccination status. We encourage compassion for all who are sick and vaccination, at the ...

FEMA Covid-19 Funeral Costs

The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced it will provide financial support to offset the cost of funeral services for COVID-19 victims. The financial support is available for individuals who died in the US from COVID-19 (documented on the death certificate) after January 20, 2020, and while applicants must be US citizens or residents, there is no citizenship or residency requirement for the deceased individuals. FEMA is offering up to US$9,000 per funeral, and applicants can ...

Southeastern Synod COVID-19 Food Insecurity Congregational Grant

These individual grants are made possible through a joint project funded by Lutheran Disaster Response and the Southeastern Synod Disaster Ministry Committee.  The Southeastern Synod will select 15 congregations who through their ministries and possible partnerships will provide food for vulnerable people within their community.  Congregations are encouraged to prepare a detailed description of the feeding program they have planned and attach it to this application.  This grant must be used ...

ELCA Coaching - Being Church in the time of COVID-19

This content was solely provided by ELCA Coaches Network and is for ROSTERED MINISTERS: Being Church in the Time of COVID-19 for March 25 and April 1 FREE Virtual Offerings Hosted by ELCA Coaching Ministry Over the next 2 weeks, here are the gatherings we are offering: Topic: Being Church in the Time of COVID-19 - Weekly Meeting for ELCA Leaders Wednesday, March 25, 2020 1:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Sharing Our Grief and Our Hope with One Another As Leaders Wednesday, April 1, 2020 ...

Disaster Response

Disaster Response Update - September 22

Disaster Response Update - September 22

Southeastern Synod Disaster Ministry Committee is currently working in partnership with Inspiritus’ Disaster Team to provide assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Sally.  We are grateful for the leadership of Pastor Hope Knobler, who serves Grace Lutheran Church in Gulf Shores.  The people of Grace and Pastor Knobler are offering assistance in food distribution, working with Inspiritus to determine homes in need of tree removal and providing relief for those whose lives have been upended by ...

Diversity and Justice

Observing Indigenous People’s Day

Observing Indigenous People’s Day

Earlier this month, we observed Indigenous People’s Day, which in some parts used to be known as Columbus Day. I don’t remember it being a big deal while growing up in Alabama—we didn’t even get a day off from school!  I ran across an interesting article which noted that Columbus Day was started in the 1890s partly in response to widespread anti-Italian persecution, which was marked the lynching of 11 Italian-American prisoners in New Orleans—still on record as one of the largest mass lynchings...