Youth participation is a crosscutting priority for the Lutheran World Federation.We want young people to have a place and voice in all aspects of church and communion life.

The LWF Youth Desk is based within the Department for Theology, Mission and Justice but works with all the offices of the LWF.

The LWF Youth desk mainly works in the areas of theology, leadership development, equity, advocacy, diakonia, climate justice, peace building and global frameworks.

"The Assembly calls upon the member churches to act on the implementation of 20% youth participation" - Twelfth Assembly Ressolution on Youth Participation

"The Assembly calls member churches to ensure youth involvement in decison making, planning, strategizing and a right to vote" - Twelfth Assembly Ressolution on Youth Participation

Twelfth Assembly Resolution on Youth participation

 

LWF Youth Priorities 2018 - 2024

Revival of churches, Equity, and Education

"We affirm the current efforts for climate justice through activities, such as #fastfortheclimate and the work done toward increased youth participation within the communion. These initiatives will continue as cross -cutting themes. Moving forward, we have named three key priorities to shape the next phase of LWF Youth work: the revival of churches, equity, and education."
2017 Youth Message to the LWF Twelfth Assembly

Read the full 2017 Youth Message to the LWF Twelfth Assembly.

    LWF Youth Activities from 2018 August – 2020

    1. Global Young Reformers Network 2.0

    1. Virtual kick off
    2. Young Reformers Space: Monthly online platform
    3. “Being Lutheran”
    4. The Caribbean and North America Leadership Conference (COL) 2019 and Africa Lutheran Church Leadership Consultation (ALCLC) 2019
    5. “Baptism and Sacraments in Lutheran understanding”
    6. “Gender justice in a global context”
    7. “Churches towards Sustainable Development Goals”
    8. Climate Change and Climate Justice
    9. Asia regional Young Reformers meeting, Pematang Siantar , Indonesia
    10. Europe regional Young Reformers meeting, Trondheim, Norway

     

    2. Youth advocacy on Climate Justice

    1. COP24
    2. RELATED NEWS

  • COP25
  • RELATED NEWS

    3. Peace Messengers


    Training Manual

     

    4. Intergenerational Dialogue

    1. International Youth Day
    2. Call for Papers; Lutheran Identity
    3. Intergenerational dialogues at church level
    4. Monitoring and reporting of 20% youth quota at LWF events, programs and decision-making boards
    5. Training and induction on principles of inclusiveness for new LWF staff and newly-elected church leaders
    6. Exchange of youth leaders between LWF member churches

     

    5. Pre-metings

    1. European Regional meeting, Slovenia
    2. Africa Lutheran Church Leadership Consultation, Tanzania
    3. Youth Council meeting
    4. Asia Church Leadership Consultation , Indonesia

    LWF Youth Activities in 2017

    1. Communion Building

    1. LWF Global Young Reformers Network
    2. LWF Youth Pre Assembly in Ondangwa, Namibia
    3. Youth delegates at the LWF Twelfth Assembly

     

    2. Church growth and Sustainability

    1. Intergenerational dialogues at church level
    2. Monitoring and reporting of 20% youth quota at LWF events, programs and decision-making boards
    3. Training and induction on principles of inclusiveness for new LWF staff and newly-elected church leaders
    4. Exchange of youth leaders between LWF member churches

    3. Transformative Diakonia

    1. Climate justice advocacy at COP 23 and climate projects of member churches
    2. Peace messengers training
    3. LWF trainee program in humanitarian work

     

    4. Publications and tools

    1. "Youth who made the LWF communion- Testimonies and stories from 1947 to 2017"
    2. "LWF Global Young Reformers Network- The Exhibition"
    3. Freed by God’s grace” Documentary movie about the Youth Pre Assembly
    4. "Peace Messengers" Training Kit