Reaching Those in the First Third of Life

The Minneapolis Area Synod provides support, networking, and educational opportunities for staff and volunteers who work with Children, Youth, and Family (CYF).  A vibrant CYF ministry is critical to a flourishing congregation. At the same time, the work of the CYF leader can be challenging. The synod works to provide companions and support for this important work.

IMG_0483Supporting Our Youth and Families

Jason, 16, lives in two homes. One week he lives with his mom and younger sister; the other week with his dad and step mom and their baby.  Jason’s life is filled with constant change. Everything from figuring out which house his sports equipment is at, trying to manage being the youngest grade in high school, and trying to find a part-time job so he can afford drivers education.

All this is overwhelming for Jason.

In First Third ministries we support our lay and volunteer staff in churches so they can provide a space where Jason feels at home, is reminded often that he is a beloved child of God,  can laugh and learn, be with friends, and experience a lively community of faith.  This is why First Third ministry leaders are critical to congregational life.

Plan Ahead

In partnership with the Saint Paul Area Synod and InterServe Ministries, the Minneapolis Area Synod hosts various learning events throughout the year.


Lunch at the Extravaganza

If you are a part of the Minneapolis or St Paul Area Synods, you are invited to attend the Luncheon at the E on Saturday, January 21 at Patrick O’Sheas.
Cost is only $15 for a great meal with wonderful networking and conversation.
Please register no later than Sunday, January 15.


Ascension Day Breakfast

The Ascension Day Breakfast is an opportunity for youth workers to gather, network, and bless each other’s summer ministries. The 2017 Ascension Day Breakfast is May 18, 2017 at Augsburg College.  More information about the breakfast coming soon >

Featured Resources

  • ELCA Youth Ministry Network
    • Information, free training, webinars, and convention information for children youth and family leaders in the ELCA
  • Spark House
    • Faith Formation resources for children, youth, and adults
  • Vibrant Faith
    • Resources and teaching for faith formation, certification program
  • InterServe Ministries
    • Interim staffing for children, youth, and family ministries
  • Peer Ministry
    • Peer ministry training and resources for congregations
  • Youth Leadership
    • Workshops and certification for volunteer and paid staff in children, youth, and family ministry
  • Martins List
    • Open source ideas for children and youth ministry from other Lutherans