Youth Ministry

The purpose of the Youth Ministry Subcommittee is to facilitate faith formation of young people through:

  • The building up of relationships
  • Resourcing of leaders
  • Organization of youth ministry events that congregations can’t do on their own

For more information on youth ministry in the NIS, contact your conference representative:

NorthPr. Neal Cannon (chair), Pr. Joanna Patterson

NEPr. Paul Cannon (secretary)

EastDeacon Shari Trotter, Mike Markwell

CentralMelissa Nicholson, Pr. Karyn Kost, Peg Miller

SouthJudy Wilkinson

SWHaley Gustafson

West – vacant

NWBeth Schneider

LOMCAudrey Adams, Russ Senti

Synod LiaisonDeacon Karin Graddy


    Bringing the Gathering Home

    Post-Gathering materials

    Our post-Gathering materials are ready! The Gathering shouldn’t just stay in Houston. It needs to be brought home and shared and lived. It’s too much a part of each of our stories to let it stop on July 1! These resources are designed to help your group think about how they will continue to live the amazing experiences, preached gospel, life-changing stories and radical hospitality and embody them in their lives. These sessions hold to the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering theme that was formed from concepts by Morgan Schmidt and our primary Scripture of Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” Lessons will focus on radical hospitality, building conversations and voicing what you will live for. Download your copies from our resources today, and start using them with your group.


    The Gathering is over. Now what?

    Now what?

    Upon returning home, youth leaders have the lofty task of transitioning their youth from the euphoria of the Gathering to the normalcy back home. Fortunately, we have a list of tips to ensure that the energy of the Gathering doesn’t get lost during the transition: