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LSTC's Youth in Mission program receives fourth Lilly Endowment grant

Posted Dec 8, 2009

Youth in Mission (YIM) at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago has received a $660,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. to continue its current ministry initiatives and to make the programs self-sustaining. The grant is part of the Lilly Endowment's Theological Programs for High School Youth Initiative to support theological schools' programs that get youth excited about theological education and inspire them to consider vocations in ministry.

LSTC President James Kenneth Echols said, "LSTC is honored by and grateful for the Lilly Endowment's continued support of Youth in Mission through this grant. Their vote of confidence in our programs inspires and enables us to work toward long-term sustainability of the life-changing Youth in Mission programs."

Youth in Mission's Serving Christ in the World, a vocation immersion program for rising 11th and 12th grade youth is in its eighth year. To date, five Serving Christ in the World program participants have elected to attend ELCA seminaries and many more are college students considering ministry and other service-oriented vocations.

Beyond Belief is Youth in Mission's year-round program that connects high school youth groups with LSTC and Chicago service organizations for various ministry opportunities during week-long service trips. During their time in Chicago, participants meet with seminarians to explore vocation and life at LSTC.

In 2009, Youth in Mission held its first annual youth ministry workers' conference at LSTC. The 2010 conference will focus on youth faith formation in an interfaith world.

The Lilly Endowment Inc. provided grants to a total of 23 theological schools during this phase of their Theological Programs for High School Youth Initiative. The Indianapolis-based organization asked seminaries and divinity schools to create programs that engage young people in theological learning and encourage them to explore Christian ministry as their life's work.


Kristin Johnson
Program Coordinator, Youth in Mission


Jan Boden
Director of Communications

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, forms visionary leaders who bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. It provides high-quality seminary and graduate education for women and men in a community that is global, multicultural, ecumenical, interfaith, and urban. LSTC faculty provides resources for the whole church through their research, writing, and workshops and presentations around the world. Graduates serve in every type of ministry setting as they work to realize the gospel vision of peace and justice.

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