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Innovation Grants for Youth and Young Adult Ministry

webhomes-thinking-plus-innovation-innovation-plus-emerging-thoughtIf you’ve been following social media for youth and young adult ministries in the ELCA you’ve been seeing a lot about an informational webinar about something called “innovation grants” for youth and young adult ministry. The webinar will be recorded and you can watch it later if you’re not available to follow live. What I really want you to know is that we are genuinely interested in your ideas for investing in young leaders in the church and for innovative ways of nurturing the gift of faith in youth and young adults. Included in this blog post (see below) are the basic goals and guidelines for these grants.

The combination of creative and innovative ministry ideas and the goal for partnership between congregations/synods/outdoor ministries/campus ministries and the many ways the ELCA engages leadership development and faith formation, virtually guarantees a wider reach for your new ideas. Think outside of the box. I often ask people, “What would you do if money were not a factor?” Ask that of yourself, then see if your idea fits the grant opportunities we are offering. Remember, you can’t receive a grant if you don’t apply!!

These grants are made possible through the Always Being Made New Campaign for the ELCA and are being offered because youth and young adult voting members at the last churchwide assembly noted a problem and then took the initiative to ask for funding to fix the problem. These are the kinds of leaders we need for this church!

I continue to believe that this is an exciting time to be the church. I also believe that our investment in youth and young adult leaders will directly impact our capacity for reaching others with the Good News of Jesus Christ and help create communities of faith that can make a difference in the world. You can be a part of making these things happen.

Paul Amlin, Program Director for Youth Ministry

Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA gives us the opportunity to expand our ministries among youth and young adults to cultivate young leaders, embrace a culture of diversity and inclusion, and build a robust network of support.

Through the Youth and Young Adults ministry of The Campaign for the ELCA, we will focus on the following Core Values:

  • Form faith in youth and young adults
  • Develop and multiply youth and young adult leaders
  • Start new ministries or enhancing current efforts
  • Promote collaboration and creativity
  • Engage youth and young adults of color
  • Accompany communities and persons living in poverty


  • Applications must be submitted on behalf of a partnership of two or more ELCA-related ministries, one of which must be a congregation or synod.
  • Grants are one time, lump sum grant amounts.
  • Grants will range from $5,000 to $40,000.
  • Initial applications will be received June 10 – September 1, 2015. Applicants will be notified and funds dispersed by the end of September 2015.
  • Funds will be directed through an established ELCA ministry.
  • Grant recipients are expected to establish measurable outcomes, provide two updates on their project, one six months after the start date and a final report. Recipients also agree to participate in at least one online gathering of grant recipients.

Grants will be awarded via application. The application questions are included in this form. All areas must be completed and you must be prepared to demonstrate hoped for outcomes, budget and a willingness to communicate progress toward goals. Once submitted, applications will be considered at a predetermined time by representatives of youth, young adults and churchwide staff.


Guest Blog Post: Youth Ministry Links

Paul Amline, the Program Director for Youth Ministries in the ELCA Churchwide Offices in Chicago, and a great friend of the Network, is our guest blogger today, and is writing about “Youth Ministry Links”

YMLinksYouth Ministry Links – Crowd Sourced and Curated

by Paul Amlin

For those of us who’ve been around long enough to remember Help Sheets from the ELCA or to have perused those thick, paperback books full of youth group ideas, you probably really appreciate how easy it is to find information online. For those who are new to ministry alongside children, youth and families, navigating the vastness of the inter-webs and the myriad sites of material can be downright scary.

The Internet is an amazing world of billions of links and resources, articles and blogs, cat videos and videos of stupid human tricks. It can be overwhelming if what you really need is a link to learn about adolescent faith formation. What if there was a website dedicated to providing curated links to tools for ministry with children, youth and families? A site that included some easy-to-access videos and a place to go to find collections of topics from games to serious topics like mental health? A website that does it all with a Lutheran lens? That’s the impulse that led to Youth Ministry Links

What does it mean to be crowd-sourced? I’m glad you asked! I’ve built the website and filled it with lots of helpful links, but in order for it to reach maximum impact we’ll need to continue to add and curate links. Do you have ‘go to’ sites you use? Are there ministry tools you’d like your friends to know about? Great! Follow this simple format for submitting them to be added to the site.

Name of Resource/Website Name if the Same – (include the URL here) This website features tools for identifying space aliens in your youth group.

That’s it! Then e-mail the link to me through the website or share it with me via Twitter (@YMLinks) or perhaps most simply via the Facebook page. The next step is to share Youth Ministry Links with your colleagues and friends. Think of it as “Martin’s List” for links! 

Finally, let me say how much I appreciate your ministry. Thanks for showing up for children, youth and families and for being authentic, affirming and available in the lives of those you’ve been blessed to encounter where you are planted. 

I’ll see you online!


@PaulAmlin @ELCAYouth @YMLinks