The Rev. Dave Delaney

Director for Youth & Young Adult Ministry

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Youth Event Leaders Information and Background Check

Upcoming Youth and Young Adult Events


June 25 - June 30


July 9 - July 13

Theology For Teens

July 16 - July 22

Annual Youth and Young Adult Events


June 9-11, 2017

Held at Roanoke College. Each congregation of the Synod is invited to send two delegates to the Youth Assembly. After May 9 congregations may send an additional delegate if there is space.

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June 20-24, 2017

This annual event is for youth who have completed grades 11 or 12 by June 2017 and combines in-depth study and group discussion of basic theological tenets of the Christian Faith with opportunities for in reflection, worship, and service projects. Participants must be nominated by a parish pastor or lay rostered leader from an ELCA home congregation by March 15, 2017. Bishop’s School moves its location each year around the various synods in ELCA Region 9 (The synods in the southeast US, including Virginia).  In 2017, Bishop’s School will be held at Camp Kinard in South Carolina.  Note:  Bishop’s School will not be offered in 2018 because of the scheduling conflict with the ELCA Youth Gathering.

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June 25-30, 2017

For rising 9th through 12th graders, held at Roanoke College. Application forms available starting February 2017 at noon and due back to the Synod office by March 2017. Capacity is Limited!

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July 9-13, 2017

For just graduated high school seniors, held at Roanoke College. Registration deadline is June, 2017.

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July 16-22, 2017

A week-long summer program introducing teens to biblical and theological scholarship, exploring contemporary challenges & how their faith tradition can meet those challenges.

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November 17-19, 2017

For 7th and 8th graders and their adult advisors at Eagle Eyrie Conference Center, Lynchburg VA. Early registration discount ends October 19, 2016.

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Week 1: January 19-21, 2018
Week 2: January 26-28, 2018

For 9th through 12th graders and their adult advisors at Eagle Eyrie Conference Center, Lynchburg VA.

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7th DAY

March 3-4, 2018

7th Day is our annual overnight event for youth in 5th and 6th grades and their adult advisers. During the weekend participants are part if a “Shepherd Group”with other youth and adult leaders and explore a story of the Bible through drama, games, crafts and music.

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Bishop’s Day


Bishop’s Day is a chance for young people to hear from Bishop Jim Mauney and other adults about discerning one’s call to life in God’s service and to talk with one another about how one goes about such discernment.

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