Youth & Family Ministry

Events, support and resources to help congregations offer robust ministries
for youth, young adults and families.

Youth Ministry Workshops

Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019
St. Paul’s, Waverly, Iowa

Youth ministry leaders from the Northeastern Iowa Synod will lead an afternoon of workshops for everyone who works with children and youth in their congregations.

The “Youth Ministry Intensive” will offer eight workshops on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & School in Waverly. The workshops will offer creative ideas for volunteers, youth ministry leaders and pastors to use in their youth ministry programs. Each workshop will be approximately 30 minutes long. Participants can choose four workshops to attend.


  • “What is Urban Immersion and How Do You Plan a Trip?” led by Marcy Colvin of Trinity, Mason City.
  • “One Congregation’s Journey of Starting a Youth Group for Fifth and Sixth Grade Students” led by Gina DeBoer of Immanuel, Independence.
  • “What is Faith Formation?” led by Robin Souhrada of Bethlhem, Cedar Falls.
  • “How to Lead a Bible Study” led by Pastor Mark Anderson, assistant to the Bishop.
  • “How to Lead Games — and Some Game Ideas” led by Aimee Hanson of St. Paul, Hampton.
  • “What is Faith 5?” led by Kristin Mooneyham-Johnson of St. Petri, Story city.
  • “Fundraising” led by Christin Flucke of St. Peter, Greene.
  • “Looking Ahead to the 2021 Gathering: What Does a Year of Preparation Look Like for a Congregation?” led by Deb Bachman of St. Paul’s, Waverly.


Cost to attend is $5 per person. Refreshments and resources to take home are included.

To register, download the registration form below and send it to Deb Bachman by Friday, Sept. 27.

To learn more, email or call Bachman at 319-352-2850.

Download Registration Form


2019 Middle School Lock-In

Oct. 11-12, 2019
Cedar Falls, Iowa


Mark Oct. 11-12 to attend the annual lock-in for middle school and junior high youth from the Northeastern Iowa Synod. Students will join in games and activities at the UNI Wellness and Recreation Center, worship service, a large group activity, and a meal with lots of pizza!


Register by Friday, Sept. 27, 2019!


Download registration materials.

2018 ELCA Youth Gathering

Some 600 youth and adults from the Northeastern Iowa Synod joined more than 30,000 others for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering at Houston in June. They came together for five days of faith formation, worship, interactive learning, Bible study, community service projects, and fellowship. During this time the young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives.


Read more at the Synod’s 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering Page