Lutheran Youth Fellowship
Lutheran Youth Fellowship (LYF) is committed to empowering youth to use their leadership gifts to serve His people as they share their faith in Jesus Christ.
Training By Teens for Teens!
Youth are the church today! Their participation and leadership is vitally important in the life of the church.
Lutheran Youth Fellowship is dedicated to the identification and development of leadership skills in young people. To this end the Lutheran Youth Fellowship Teen Leadership Initiative was established. An important principle of this Initiative is teens taking the responsibility for developing leadership with their peers.
To watch LCMS youth share how Lutheran Youth Fellowship (LYF) has grown their leadership skills and equipped them to share their faith with their peers, click here.
Lutheran Youth Fellowship Teen Leadership Training
The Lutheran Youth Fellowship Teen Leadership Training is the annual leadership development training for Lutheran youth representing their LCMS Districts and/or congregation. The LYF Executive Board provides the leadership for their peers at the training held annually in March.
Youth participants are trained to go back to their districts and congregations and provide leadership training events for their peers. Their district can also support them in presenting events in other congregational, circuit and district settings. Your District Office is the first place to check for events planned in your area.
A new training resource is introduced each year based on a topic selected by youth. This year's training resource is based on material developed by the Rev. Dr. Joel Biermann from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. It will equip young people to 'STAND' making a bold confession of faith and "always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have" (1 Peter 3:15).
Who: High school youth representing their district and/or congregation
What: Teens Standing Strong Training
When: March 12-15, 2015
Where: Pallotine Retreat Center; St. Louis, Mo.
Cost: $350, which covers room, meals and programming
If you have questions about the training, please contact LCMS Youth Ministry.
The 2015 LYF Teen Leadership Training will take place in St. Louis, Mo., on March 12-15, 2015. If you have questions about the training or if your congregation is interested in participating, please contact LCMS Youth Ministry.
Teen Leadership Training Resources
Other topics presented at previous trainings and available from the LCMS Youth Ministry for use in your district or congregation include:
- TEEN BRIDGE BUILDING TRAINING by Jessica Bordeleau, equips youth to build a bridge across the generation gap with those who are older and younger.
- TEENS ANSWERING TEENS by Brad Alles
- TEEN BIBLE STUDY TRAINING by Brad Alles
- TEEN SERVICE TRAINING by Jessica Bordeleau
- TEENS REACHING TEENS, written by Rev. Jay Reed, equips teens to share the faith God has entrusted to them in reaching out to others with the Gospel.
Contact LCMS Youth Ministry by calling 888-843-5267 (THE-LCMS) to request these training materials.
Lutheran Youth Fellowship Executive Board 2013-16
These teens serve on the Lutheran Youth Fellowship Executive Board and provide leadership for the LYF Teen Leadership Initiative. They were elected by their peers at the 2013 LYF Teen Leadership Training. They are:
Upper Midwest Region Representative
Peace Lutheran Church; Brookings, S.D.
Southern/Midwest Region Representative
Grace Lutheran Church; Pensacola, Fla.
East Coast Region Representative
Hope Lutheran Church; Wake Forest, N.C.
Central Region Representative
Faith Lutheran Church; Port Huron, Mich.
West Coast/Mountain Region Representative
Faith Lutheran Church; Lacey, Wash.