Youth are valued and celebrated in our congregations and synod, with many opportunities for faith formation, leadership development and service learning.

At annual synod-sponsored 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 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 2021 in Minneapolis. More at,

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