The Young Ministry Leaders Initiative
strives to identify, connect, and support
a community of peers for younger leaders.

We define “young ministry leaders” as people in their 20s and 30s who are actively engaged in ministry in a variety of settings within the Synod’s bounds. Many are ordained as teaching elders, ruling elders, or deacons, but ordination is not required.

The group’s activities are evolving as the needs of these leaders become evident, but so far they have begun gathering annually as a synod-wide group for community and connection. These gatherings have been critical in helping our young ministry leaders connect with one another, identify some of the particular joys and challenges they share, and begin establishing ways to collaborate with and support one another. A social media community has also been formed, and we hope to develop these and other connections further.

Check out this excellent article written by two of our Young Ministry Leaders.


Note: we previously referred to this community as "Emerging Leaders."

2019 Young Ministry Leaders Gathering

Information on the 2019 YML activities will be coming soon!
In the meantime, click here to read about the 2018 event.

Young Ministry Leaders

If you are or know of a young ministry leader who might like to be involved, please contact our Mission Coordinator, Margaret Mitsuyasu. We’d love to hear from you!