I had the profound privilege of attending a part of the Lutheran Youth Fellowship Assembly held at Muhlenberg College from June 22-24. What an amazing experience! I arrived just in time for the elections for the LYF Board. Along the back wall were sheets of newsprint with biographies for eight candidates vying for four positions (read these incredible biographies yourself below). The candidates took turns standing in front of their peers to speak, sharing their reasons for running for office.
The written biographies are now posted on the walls of the Lutheran Center so visitors can read about these church leaders. We need to SEE what our young people are doing that matters to God!
Young people ARE incredible leaders if we give them space to do that. The LYF event itself was planned and led by youth of our churches with minimal support from their advisors. They light up our church with energy, creativity and enthusiasm. These kids are the ones who are going to lead us into a new way of being the church.
Who are the kids that light up YOUR congregation and how do they do it? I hope you will share your responses below with me.
P.S. If you want to learn more about the Lutheran Youth Fellowship – or have questions and concerns about youth ministry – or want to be included on a youth ministry e-news list, please contact Karen Matthias-Long at the Lutheran Center.