Youth Core Leadership Team Position


The Youth Core Leadership Team is composed of twelve high school youth from across the ELCA who have been identified as leaders in congregations and/or synods, and who desire the opportunity to dig more deeply into their own leadership and faith formation. Each year, twelve youth are invited to this team. A youth who has served for one year may apply to serve for another year on the team.


The YCLT exists to provide leadership development opportunities for ELCA high school youth, that are equipped in skills like speaking, worship planning, small group training and peer ministry as they plan and lead the ELCA Youth Leadership Summit. They also serve as a focus group for ELCA Churchwide Ministries and are often interviewed and asked to serve on other committees and teams as the church strives to do ministry with youth more effectively.

Who Should Apply

Youth who apply should be engaged in their faith life and actively involved in a local congregation.

We seek applications from youth currently in 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. We value diversity across race and ethnicity, abilities, gender, and geographic locale.

What to Expect

Youth can expect to be challenged to develop leadership skills and explore faith formation through a series of events and online activities each year.

Youth selected to serve on the team are expected to take the learnings from in-person events and online trainings back to their home congregations and synods to engage others with what they have learned and to encourage participation in leadership for this church in its three expressions.

All expenses for these meetings are covered by the ELCA. Youth will likely fly alone to these meetings. Youth will also meet monthly on Zoom for leadership training and summit planning.

How to Apply

To apply, please visit and complete the online application. All paperwork and references should be returned to Kris Bjorke, 6737 99th Ave N., Brooklyn Park MN 55445 by January 15, 2023 if you are not using the online documents. Those elected will be notified by February 1st, 2023.


Contact Kris Bjorke at or 773-380-2451

Online Application for Youth Core Leadership Team

Online Application YCLT Reference Form

Download PDF of the YCLT Position Info

Download PDF of the YCLT Application

Download PDF of the YCLT Applicant Reference