The NE MN Synod LYO Board (Lutheran Youth Organization)
The Northeastern Minnesota Synod Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) Board is a group of high school youth and adult leaders selected to plan and lead the annual Middle School Gathering and Cardia Deo Retreat. LYO Board members are selected through an application process. At a minimum, the LYO Board is comprised of twelve senior high youth and six adult leaders. To accommodate the size and needs of our events, additional at-large positions are added. Applicants are selected by the outgoing LYO Board seniors, adult members of the LYO Board and the NE MN Synod Coordinator of Youth Ministry. The LYO Board is selected to represent our synod’s five conferences, in addition to gifts and abilities needed for events.
LYO Board members serve as staff for the Middle School Gathering and Cardia Deo Retreat, therefore attendance at all meetings and events is needed and expected. To serve on the LYO Board, it is REQUIRED that all Youth Team members attend ALL of the LYO Training Camp week in which training and planning for the entire year takes place. For a more specific description of LYO Board duties and requirements, please see the Youth Team, Middle School Adult Team or Senior High Adult Team job descriptions and Meeting Dates listed below.
General Information: Applications for the 2021-2022 LYO Board will open December 1, 2020. Before you apply, please read through the documents at the links below to understand the responsibilities, commitment and dates that are expected from LYO Board members.
The links below are Google Forms. It is the responsibility of the applicant to share the link for the Recommendation Forms with the appropriate people. If you are not able to access the forms, please email Catherine Anderson.
LYO Youth Team Application (LYO Applications have closed for 2020-2021)
LYO Youth Team Congregation Recommendation Form
LYO Youth Team Community Recommendation Form
Middle School Adult Team Applications Must be at least 21 years old The links below are Google Forms. It is the responsibility of the applicant to share the link for the Recommendation Forms with the appropriate people. If you are not able to access the forms, please email Catherine Anderson.
Middle School Adult Team Congregation Recommendation Form
Middle School Adult Team Community Recommendation Form
Senior High Adult Team Senior High Adult Team Member positions are filled by invitation only. If you are interested in serving on the Senior High Adult Team, please email your interest to Catherine.Anderson@nemnsynod.org. All positions are filled for 2020-2021.
Are You Interested in Serving on the LYO Board? Great! Serving on the LYO Board is a leadership position that holds a significant amount of responsibility. The LYO Board is ideal for youth and adults who are already leaders in their congregations, and are ready for that next step of leading on a larger and deeper level with more responsibility and opportunities to share their faith.
When you apply for the LYO Board, you are applying to serve as volunteer staff who will plan and lead our Middle School Gathering and Cardia Deo Retreat. Our Training Camp week is staff training and preparation, necessary for the year to come…our meetings and January planning retreat are critical dress rehearsals…and our events couldn't happen without LYO Board members! So…
Before you apply, be sure to read through the Job Descriptions, Assignment Duties and Meeting Dates! Check to make sure you have no family/work/extra-curricular conflicts with scheduled events, meetings and Training Camp week. Give these dates to your coaches, parents, employers or others so they have them well ahead of time. The LYO Board has HIGH expectations of its members, and requires full participation in its Training Camp wee, meetings and events. Why? Your synod relies on you to provide quality, faith-filled events for 1,000 middle school youth and 200 high school youth each year – it’s a big responsibility!