2017 Youth Leadership Summit

The ELCA Youth Core Leadership Team is now accepting applications! If you are an adult leader or if you are a high school youth looking for more information about serving on the team, click here.

ELCA Youth Leadership Summit
Nov. 2-5, 2017

The ELCA Youth Leadership Summit is an annual gathering for high school youth identified as leaders and adult representatives from each synod from across The ELCA. This summit focuses on leadership development through engaging speakers and thought leaders in key areas at the intersection of leadership and faith in daily life AND faith formation and building connections for high school youth in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Youth will be challenged to take home what they have learned to inspire action in their own synods and youth groups. The Youth Leadership Summit is a shared ministry between ELCA Youth Ministry and The SYMBOL Network.

Location: Royal Sonesta Hotel – Houston, Texas
Who Attends?

Two High School youth from each synod, one adult per synod. We strive for diversity and inclusion, please select at least one candidate from your synod to help us meet our goals.

Theme: ME, WE, & BE

We will be partnering with the ELCA Youth Gathering and specifically the Synod Day Planning Team to pilot the materials for 2018. This will be your chance to provide feedback to planners and get a special look at what is going to happen in 2018!

Event Chaplain:

Pastor Kevin Strickland, Assistant to the Presiding Bishop and ELCA Executive for Worship

Partial List of Guest Speakers:

Peggy Hahn, Executive Director, LEAD

Molly Beck-Dean, ELCA Youth Gathering Director

Rachel Alley, Assistant to the Bishop for Youth & Young Adult Ministries

Musical Leadership:

Rachel Kurtz


Event Registration is anticipated to be covered by the ELCA via a special grant for youth leadership development

Synods are responsible for transportation to the event

Liability Release & Medical Authorization

In addition to the online registration (linked above) each participant also needs to turn in a signed medical authorization form and a liability release form on or before October 1, 2017. Forms can be scanned and emailed to Darcy Mittelstaedt.

2017 ELCA Youth Leadership Medical Form

2017 ELCA Youth Leadership Summit Participant Liability Release Form

Excused Absence Request Letter

The 2017 Absence Excuse ELCA Summit

Event Timing

We start with dinner on Thursday, November 2nd at 6:00pm local time

We conclude on Sunday with closing worship which ends at 10:30am


Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport

William P. Hobby Airport


Contact us via e-mail.


Youth Core Leadership Team Application

Are you currently a rising 9th, 10th or 11th grader? You are eligible to complete the application to be considered for a two-year program of leadership development and faith formation sponsored by the ELCA Churchwide expression of the church and synodical youth ministry leaders. To read more about the position and apply, click here.

2017 Spring Youth Core Leadership Team

The Youth Core Leadership Team met in Houston Texas this spring to plan the Youth Leadership Summit coming up in November. They learned and practiced leadership skills as they prepare for the Summit. The team selected the next 6 team members from the applications and contacted those selected to welcome them to the team. The outgoing 6 members were honored in a sending prayer as they step down from their two year term.