In congregations and in synod-sponsored activities, our youth are valued and celebrated, with many opportunities for faith formation, leadership development and service learning.

At annual events like Chi Rho, Chrysalis and Shekinah, youth get together with kids their age from around the area for a fun and fabulous picture of what Christ is doing among us.

Learn what’s happening in local youth ministry at


Looking for the bkgrdcheckmed Background Check Authorization Form? All adults working with youth at synodical events need to complete a background check. [Review our Backgound Check Policy (7/5/16 update).] Fill out the appropriate form and submit to Katharyn Wheeler at the synod office.

Fees associated with a Background Check will be determined based on individual factors. Contact Katharyn Wheeler with questions at kwheeler@metrodcelca.org or 202-417-3678.


18elcayouthgatheringv2Taking part in an ELCA Youth Gathering is a great time for young people to have a faith-informing encounter which can shape their daily lives and path.

Plan on taking a group from your congregation to the next ELCA Youth Gathering (2018) in Houston, scheduled for June 27-July 1, 2018. More at www.elca.org/YouthGathering,