2018 Youth Leadership Summit

ELCA Youth
Leadership Summit
Nov. 1-4, 2018 at
Camp Carol Joy Holling
in Ashland, Nebraska

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: Camp Carol Joy Holling in Ashland, Nebraska
Who Attends?

Two youth in grades 9-12 and one adult per synod are invited to attend. Synods are asked to pay attention to gender, ethnic and ability diversity when selecting participants.

Photo Gallery from the 2018 Youth Leadership Summit
Theme: Through Christ We Can

The theme for the 2018 Summit is “Through Christ We Can” and will use Philippians 2:1-5 as it’s scriptural base. The event will focus on young people’s call to ministry for the sake of others and advocacy because of their faith. For our learning and networking times we will be joined by various ELCA ministries and staff including Advocacy, Young Adult Ministries, Justice for Women and Global Mission.

Event Chaplain:

Pastor Kevin Strickland

Guest Speakers:

Advocacy — Alaide Vilchis Ibarra
Welcoming of All — Aubrey Thonvold
Women’s Justice — Diane Brauer
Amparro — Alaide Vilchis Ibarra and Advocacy Intern
World Hunger — Jeanny Sharrick and Sophia Behrens
Young Adult — Savanna Sullivan
Environmental Advocacy — Dr. Laura M. Hartman
Racial Justice — Nicolette Faison

Musical Leadership:

Korey Breutzmann and Band

Sunday Offering:

Our Sunday offering will go to the Nebraska Synod’s “Micah 6:8” project. It combines efforts of people interested justice, world hunger and advocacy, and one of their efforts includes AMMPARO training. They also helped support our synod’s Racial Awareness, Reconciliation, and Engagement (R.A.R.E.) team members to attend the recent anti-racism training in Chicago.


We start with dinner on Thursday, November 1st at 6:00 pm Central and conclude on Sunday at 10:30am Central.


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

Synods are responsible for transportation to and from the Omaha Eppley Field Airport. (OMA). Transportation between OMA and the camp will be provided.


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