Gap Year – Lutheran-related opportunities for service-minded young adults

Young Adults in Global Mission

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, Central Europe, Jerusalem/West Bank, Madagascar, Mexico, Nepal, Rwanda, Senegal and United Kingdom

Applications for the program are open from Nov. 1, through Feb. 15 each year, for service starting the following August. Priority is given to those who apply before Jan. 15.

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 hereto support YAGM.

For further information contact YAGM at 1-800-638-3522, ext. 2861 or by emailELCA staffto email ELCA.

Lutheran Volunteer Corps

Uniting people to work for peace with justice.

Social Justice • Simple & Sustainable Living • Intentional Community

The Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC), a domestic volunteer program, offers
people a challenging year of exploring their spirituality while working for social justice, living in intentional community, and simplifying their lifestyles.

Volunteers staff shelters for women experiencing homelessness, teach in after-school programs, work to protect the environment, assist families in obtaining affordable housing, and more. Positions vary from providing direct services to working on root causes of social problems.

We welcome applications from self-motivated and mature individuals 21 or older. Many recent college graduates find rich opportunities in LVC for spiritual growth and vocational discernment.

Founded in 1979 as a ministry of Luther Place Memorial Church in Washington DC, LVC is an independent nonprofit organization aligned with the mission of the ELCA. LVC is a member of both Lutheran Services in America and Catholic Volunteer Network.

  • LVC connects individuals who want to give back to urban communities with job opportunities in 8 different US cities.
  • Volunteers live together in intentional household communities of 4-7 people.
  • LVC is on a Journey to an Inclusive Community, forming and strengthening alliances among people of many cultures and communities and intentionally dismantling racism in our organization, the church, and society.

Lutheran Volunteer Corps
1226 Vermont Ave NW, Washington DC 20005

LEVN, the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network

LEVN, the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network, is looking for young adults (age 21-30) for an 11-month program of non-profit volunteer service and learning about social justice. From the end of August 2020 to the end of July 2021, our corps members will be provided housing, utilities, health coverage, spiritual direction, and a $535/month living stipend. We also offer a $1000 re-entry grant at the completion of the program.

The placement sites for the upcoming program year include faith-based non-profits, secular non-profits, congregations, outdoor ministry, and our campus ministry at UC Davis. These service sites address issues of homelessness, food insecurity, unemployment, children and youth ministries, and other important social justice issues facing our communities.

We gather each week for evening prayer, dinner, and formation. The corps members live in intentional community in an apartment attached to our campus ministry center in Davis, CA. We’re an ecumenical program in the Episcopal Service Corps network; applicants needn’t be either Lutheran or Episcopal to apply—interest in Christian spirituality is the only expectation. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until July 31, 2020.

Visit or contact Program Director Casey Dunsworth at 530-756-1550 or for more information!