MinistriesWe are a church that believes God is calling us into the world – together.
The ELCA and our partners offer a variety of places, spaces and opportunities specifically designed to support and connect young adults as they grow in faith and discover who God is calling them to be in the world.
Lutheran Service Year Programs
Young adults interested in peace, justice and service ministries may be interested in a year of service through the following opportunities:
Young Adult Justice Network
This group of ministries seeks to connect young adults engaged in justice and advocacy with opportunities to live out their faith in radical ways.
Glocal Mission Gatherings
Spirituality & Formation
ELCA Youth Gathering – The ELCA Youth Gathering is the largest gathering of Christian youth, young adults and adults in the country that happens every three years. Young adults are invited into servant leadership roles for the Gathering and its pre-events, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event and the Definitely-Abled Youth Leadership Event.
Federal Chaplains Ministry – There are about 160 ELCA pastors who serve as reserve and active duty military chaplains, walking alongside young adult men and women, nurturing them as leaders in ministry centers throughout the armed forces.
Outdoor Ministry – There are about 145 outdoor ministry programs affiliated with the ELCA in the United States and Puerto Rico. Every summer and often throughout the year, these sites hire young adults to lead outdoor ministry programs. Young adult leaders grow in self-confidence, independence, healthy peer relationships, leadership skills, problem solving and spirituality.
Campus Ministry – There is an ELCA presence at more than 180 state and private colleges and universities, with cooperating congregations in campus ministry at an additional 400 campuses nationwide. These ministries work directly with young adults of all backgrounds, offering support, service learning experiences, programs and worship opportunities.
ELCA Colleges and Universities – The ELCA is in partnership with its 26 colleges and universities in settings where matters of learning and faith are engaged.
Seminaries – There are eight institutions forming faithful, wise and courageous people to lead the church in the 21st century. We need passionate, joy-filled and adventurous young adults who want to make a difference by bringing healing and hope to others in this broken world.Get connected!
For more information about the ELCA’s Young Adult Ministry, please email or call at 800-638-3522.
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