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Fun, Fellowship, & Napkins

– Liz Fisher

Hi, my name is Liz Fisher, and I am serving the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering as the Community Life Team Leader. I served the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans as the Gathering Coach for the NC Synod, and I served the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit on the Community Life Team. As a youth minister, my goals are to help young people have fun, experience fellowship, and provide a space to have conversations with others about their walk and journey with Jesus.

The Community Life Team is what I deem as the “fun” team. We are the team that gets to work with other teams to put together morning worship, dances, lip sync battles, inflatables, and a huge playground space. Incidentally, our last playground space was planned on a napkin, which is a true testament of youth ministry. If you can plan something on a napkin, you can do anything.

Another large piece for our team is hotel registration and hospitality to all of the different groups coming to the Gathering. We are there to greet you at the door, and it gives us a chance to give you some good ol’ southern hospitality, welcoming you on behalf of the ELCA.

When I am not working at church or on the Gathering, I like to travel and spend time with family and friends. I have a pet turtle named Squirt and a dog that I share named Candy. I am an Associate in Ministry with the ELCA and currently serve a congregation in Kannapolis, NC as the Minister of Faith Formation.

I am looking forward to serving the 2018 Youth Gathering. We have wonderful plans already in the works. Hope to see you in Houston in 2018!