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Youth & Family

Youth Ministry is a program of the South Dakota Synod that has an emphasis on helping and equipping congregations to teach families that faith forms at home. We have an emphasis on helping congregations train youth leaders by offering educational opportunities, networking with other youth leaders, and being a resource to the youth leaders themselves.

If you have questions, please contact
Suzanne Hansen, AIM
Youth Ministry Coordinator
605-274-4105

For more information on Youth Ministry in the ELCA, please visit the ELCA Youth Ministry website.

Youth Leaders:  Join the Y-Net E-mail List.


Vibrant Faith Ministries

Vibrant Faith Ministries equips congregations, households, and individuals to live a vibrant faith in Jesus Christ and share the Christian faith among all generations.

For Vibrant Faith resources, information about coaching, training events, and other goodies, please visit the Vibrant Faith Ministries website.


Faith Formation Learning Exchange

The Faith Formation Learning Exchange provides the necessary tools to assist congregations and their leaders to respond creatively and adaptively with relevant approaches to faith formation. Their website gives you access to the best thinking and the most innovative practices in faith formation today.  The website will be updated monthly, so you’ll always have access to the most current information.

Download an informational PDF.


Peer Ministry

Peer Ministry is a ministry that equips youth and young adults with listening skills to minister to their peers.  It is a very powerful and effective ministry already happening in many South Dakota Synod congregations.  For more information about the ministry and future training events, please visit the Peer Ministry website, or call Suzanne Hansen in the Synod Office at 605-274-4105.


“Safeguarding God’s Children” Curriculum

To help protect children and adults from sexual misconduct in congregations and other church organizations, the Church Insurance Agency Corporation has created training programs and model policies for its ‘Safeguarding’ programs.  A number of churches in South Dakota have used this curriculum with positive results.

For more information, visit the Church Pension Group website, or call Suzanne Hansen in the synod office at 605-274-4105.

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