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ELCA Youth Leadership Summit

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.

Click here to register. The form must be filled out for each participant. If you do not have your flight information at the time of registration, you may go back and edit your submission later. Registration opens May 22 and closes September 30.

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:

Three synodical bishops have been invited to join us as our chaplaincy team. More information coming soon!

Guest Speakers:

Alaide Vilchis Ibarra, ELCA Advocacy

More speakers will be announced soon!

Musical Leadership: To Be Announced

Preliminary Schedule: Available Here


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.

Liability Release & Medical Authorization

In addition to the online registration (linked above) each participant also needs to turn in a signed medical authorization form and a liability release form on or before October 15, 2018. Forms can be scanned and emailed to Zara Tunstill at

Medical Form
Participant Housing Release Form

Excused Absence Request Letter

Form coming soon

Event Timing

We start with dinner on Thursday, November 1st at 6:00 pm Central and conclude on Sunday at 10:30am Central. A full schedule is available here.


OMA Omaha Eppley Airfield


Contact us via e-mail.

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