Series 16 - Division of Congregational Life - Youth Ministries

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Division of Congregational Life - Youth Ministries

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  • 1960-1985 (Creation)

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84 cm of textual records
15 photographs: b&w and col.
1 videocasette
1 scrapbook (ca. 30 photographs: b&w)

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This series contains source material pertaining to the ELCC's Division of Congregational Life's Youth Ministries. It typically includes reports, correspondence, minutes, promotional material, teaching and devotional materials that document the activities of the ELCC's Youth Ministries. The ELCC's Youth Ministry activities included conferences, newsletters, groups, projects and programs .

The ELCC's youth ministry program began in 1960 with the merger of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church, the American Lutheran Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church. This merger created the American Lutheran Church- Canada District, called the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada. The ELCC adopted the American Lutheran Church's model of youth ministry, which featured a National Lutheran League Board, which consisted of the presidents of each district Luther Leagues. The Luther League was the channel for all youth ministry within the ELCC. When the ELCC became an autonomous church in 1967, the Luther League rewrote its constitution to adapt to the Canadian autonomous Lutheran Church. The purpose of the Luther League was to represent the youth of the ELCC as a unified voice, to inspire and unite the ELCC youth through conventions and publications and to provide guidance and direction to committees in programming. With autonomy, the Luther League Board underwent restructuring. In addition to the Luther League Conference Presidents, the board also included a pastoral and lay advisor. The Luther League President was nominated at the National Luther League Convention, while the Vice- President, Secretary and Treasurer were elected by the members of the board. The Luther League Board met once or twice a year to improve the ELCC's youth ministry and to plan the bi-annual Luther League Convention.

A National Luther League Executive Meeting was held in 1976 which eliminated the National Luther League Board and created in its place, the Youth Ministry Committee. The Youth Ministry Committee's purpose was threefold: to set goals for ELCC youth ministry, to provide resources and opportunities for growth on the conference level and to develop personal contact with conference level staff.

In 1981, a merger commission meeting which included ELCC and LCA-CS representatives took place to discuss the direction of youth ministry with the looming merger.

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