Volunteer at the Gathering

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit! For more than a century, Lutheran youth have gathered for Bible study, worship, service, learning, fellowship and play. These young people have been accompanied by thousands of caring adults who support their growth in faith by creating a safe environment in which they can encounter Christ and each other. Dedicated, faithful volunteers make the work of the Gathering possible.

Serving the youth of our church is a vocational calling that requires careful discernment. Every volunteer who serves at the Gathering must agree to follow the terms of our Volunteer Servant Covenant Code of Conduct and submit to a background check by the ELCA.

Volunteer registration is available online, via this webpage, and will open on May 15, 2014.
For more information, please contact us gathering@elca.org.


Volunteer Opportunities


#1 Community Life

Community Life volunteers work as a team within their assigned hotel to help create a welcoming atmosphere. Everyone begins and ends their day in a hotel at the ELCA Youth Gathering.

A Community Life Team staffs each hotel and is responsible for providing hospitality, being a conduit for communication with Gathering planners as well as hotel staff, and troubleshooting situations that arise.

A Community Life Team consists of hotel pastors, adult counselors and young adult leaders who may facilitate worship, and generally promote a healthy, fun and faith-forming experience for young people at the ELCA Youth Gathering.

Eligibility: Applicants must be 19 years of age and at least out of high school (successfully graduated) for one year.

If accepted to serve on a Community Life Team at the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Transportation to and from Detroit and parking on-site, if you drive.
  • Arrival in Detroit by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 12, 2015, and staying through Sunday, July 19.

The Gathering will provide the following:

  • Per diem or catered meals on days of service at the Gathering. 
  • Complimentary hotel accommodations with check-in on Sunday, July 12, 2015, and check out on Sunday, July 19, 2015.
  • Travel stipends of $250 per individual.


#2 Gathering Volunteer Corps

The Gathering Volunteer Corps serves in multiple capacities throughout the Gathering. This can include, but is not limited to, ushering in the Superdome, checking wristbands at Community Life activities, directing foot traffic in the Interaction Center, helping with registration, answering telephones, staffing an information booth, or moving equipment in the Convention Center. 

Eligibility: Applicants must be 19 years of age and at least out of high school (successfully graduated) for one year.

If accepted to serve as a member of the Gathering Volunteer Corps at the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering, you will be responsible for the following:
  • Transportation to and from Detroit and parking on-site, if you drive.
  • Arrival in Detroit by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 12, 2015, and staying through Sunday, July 19.

The Gathering will provide the following:

  • Per diem or catered meals on your days of service at the Gathering.
  • Complimentary accommodations with check-in on Sunday, July 12, 2015, and check out on Sunday, July 19, 2015. 
  • Travel stipends of $250 per individual.


#3 Servant Companion

The 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering will invite all attendees, youth and adults, to deepen their faith by encountering Jesus in the humanity of Detroit, and to return home to practice compassionate justice. Compassionate justice includes studying Scripture, praying, knowing the world around us, actively helping and truly caring about others. 

Compassionate justice is less about what we "want to do" and more about accompanying people where they are in their journey – "God’s work. Our hands." Young adult Servant Companions will accompany congregational groups as they serve with and for the people of Detroit at the Gathering.

Eligibility: Applicants must be between the ages of 20 and 30 by the time of the Gathering.

If accepted to serve as a Servant Companion at the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering, you are responsible for the following:

  • Transportation to and from Detroit and parking on-site, if you drive.
  • Arrival in Detroit before 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 12, 2015, and staying through Sunday, July 19.

The 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering will provide the following:

  • Per diem or catered meals at the training and on the days of service at the Gathering.
  • Complimentary accommodations with check-in on Sunday, July 12, 2015, and check out on Sunday, July 19, 2015.
  • Travel stipends of $250 per individual.


For more information:

Contact us!
Phone: 888-411-3522
Email: gathering@elca.org

Mail:
ELCA Youth Gathering
8765 W. Higgins Road
Chicago, IL 60631

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