According to Heidi Hagstrom, director of the ELCA Youth Gatherings, the answer is simple.
"God is not done with us here."
For the past 25 years, the ELCA
has been deeply committed to the faith formation of its teenagers, namely through ELCA Youth Gatherings
- the largest event organized by the 4.2 million-member church.
"It was my goal for young people to return to their congregations as leaders, demonstrating what they've learned in New Orleans and possibly igniting the whole congregations' imagination for mission in the world," Hagstrom