Youth and Family Ministry Update

The connecting continues. Check out the opportunities below.  And make sure someone from your congregation is connected to the NALC Youth Ministry Facebook page for continued updates!

Ventures in Youth Ministry Symposium

The 2018 Lutheran Week Youth Ministry Symposium in August is quickly approaching. Check out the NALC registration site for details or contact us at [email protected].

Our keynote speaker this year is Thomas O’Neill, a philanthropist at Second Harvest Food Bank and former President of Youth Encounter. Involved in ministry to young people for much of his life, Thomas will be addressing how to build a ministry to young people through building service projects and building relationships.

Breakout sessions will also be offered as well as some opportunities to share our best practices with each other.  For a short introductory video, please visit: Ventures in Youth Ministry Symposium. 

Online Courses

Beginning in September, online courses will be made available for free to NALC Congregations.

Meeting monthly, some of the topics included are: Creating a Healthy Youth Ministry Culture; Outcome-Based Ministry; Faith Webbing; Safeguarding; Models of Youth Ministry; Developing Daily Disciplines; and Disciplines for Beyond.

Each course includes access to a presentation, handouts, resources, an extended question and answer time period, and more. To find out more information, register today, or connect, please:  Online Courses.

Monthly Webinars

Our intention is to build a community of congregations headed in the same direction, while providing professional coaching on a variety of topics related to ministry with children, youth, and families.  Tune in to our Facebook Page the third Tuesday of each month at 2 pm EST for a free webinar.  Not a Facebook user?  No problem.  Our monthly e-bulletin will provide a direct registration link so the webinar can be viewed in audio or video format without the use of social media. is our flagship offering. It provides oodles of resources. Whether you are looking for recordings of past webinars and online courses, intergenerational and outcome based ministry ideas, service project ideas and links, some recommended sites for parents, or just some basics on how to keep young people engaged in church and faith. Oh yeah. The site also contains 100+ teaching videos and template forms geared towards ministry to young people.

Year Long Coaching

This experience begins with a 1 ½ day seminar in central Ohio followed by regular coaching connections for approximately one year with an ending event also held in central Ohio. The objective of the experience is to help youth ministry advocates to delve deep into the “How To’s” of implementing the concepts of Faith Webbing and Outcome-Based Ministry in their congregation.

Onsite Visits

Can’t come to us, we can pay a visit to your church or group of churches and tailor an experience just for you.


Gary and Laurie Pecuch have served in youth ministry for more than 30 years at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Grove City, Ohio. They serve the NALC as youth ministry coaches and provide a variety of no-cost resources for NALC congregations through their website. For more information, please visit:

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