Mid-South District Family & Youth Board
Under the guidance of President Roger Paavola, a Family & Youth board has been established to assist with the Mid-South District’s family and youth ministry. The board’s vision is “Equipping Churches to Build and Sustain Family & Youth Ministry”. The family and youth board is eager to work with all congregations and offer resources that will fulfill this vision. The goals of the board are:
1. Researches, develops and secures resources for commissioned and volunteer youth leaders
2. Develops resources to enable and equip families, family ministries, enabling a sharing of faith
3. Considers meaningful service projects to be coordinated throughout the district
4. Establishes resources to encourage full participation of young families in life-long ministry
The board meets several times a year and will coordinate events throughout the year. Please feel free to contact any board member and be watching for communications from the board. Members of the youth board are:
Tessa Brasher – email Tessa
Chris Jones – email Chris
Rev. Roger Paavola – email President Paavola
Allen Piepenbrink – email Allen
Rev. Mark Tooley – email Rev. Tooley
AJ Vega – email AJ
Youth Mission Trip – Camp Restore New Orleans
Students will travel to Camp Restore and take part in outreach projects to help New Orleans residents who are still struggling to recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.
July 22-25, 2018 More Information || Online Registration
2018 National Lutheran Youth Workers Conference
July 8-11, 2018 -Minneapolis, MN
The 2018 National Lutheran Youth Workers Conference (#National18) is scheduled for July 8-11, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN. The conference is geared toward those who serve youth in a professional, lay, full-time, part-time, or volunteer capacity. There will also be a youth track following the 2017 Lutheran Youth Fellowship Teen Leadership Training. The conference provides the participants an opportunity to explore the LCMS Youth Gathering host city the year before the 2019 Gathering as well as connect with other leaders and encourage each other. Adult participants will receive complimentary registration to the 2019 LCMS Youth Gathering in Minneapolis. More information available here: https://calendar.lcms.org/event/2018-national-lutheran-youth-workers-conference/
2019 LCMS National Youth Gathering
July 11-15, 2019 in Minneapolis, MN
”God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea… The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our fortress.” Psalm 46:1-2, 7
The LCMS Youth Gathering provides thousands of youth and adults the opportunity to come together as a community of God’s people to learn more about Jesus Christ, the Christian faith and their Lutheran identity. The gathering has been held every 3 years since 1980 and the next Gathering will be held on July 11-15, 2019 in Minneapolis, MN. During the five days of the Gathering, youth spend time together in God’s word, worship, service, and fellowship with others from across the synod.
Start Planning Now
Now is the time to begin your planning for attending the gathering. Many resources are available to assist with fundraising, commitments, budgeting and planning. If you’ve participated in the gathering in the past, you know what an awesome experience it is for youth and leaders. If you’ve never participated, prayerfully consider this amazing opportunity to spend time with a community of God’s people.
Check out the gathering website (http://www.lcmsgathering.com/) for information about the gathering, adult leader resources, promoting the gathering and much, much more. Follow the gathering on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LCMSNYG/
Our Mid-South District NYG Coordinator is Tabitha Wildhirt. Tabitha has been the coordinator for the last several gatherings and is able to help with your questions. Contact Tabitha at firstname.lastname@example.org.