lucsa-book-5-launch-2016Dear friends,

Several years ago the Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa (LUCSA ) approved the writing of 6 books as Christian education resources by and for LUCSA member churches. LUCSA, with 15 member churches across 10 countries, is the sub-regional expression of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in Southern Africa.  Books 1 to 3 are for Sunday School teachers, Book 4 is for Confirmation, Book 5 is for Youth and Young Adult ministry and Book 6 is an adult education resource for lay leaders and clergy.  I have been privileged to work on this project as one of the coordinators.

2016 saw the launch of book 5 for youth and young adults. An initial writers’ workshop was held in November 2014.  Youth contributors from several member churches including South Africa, Malawi, Botswana and Namibia were then given different sections to work on.  Topics included Lutheran identity, relationships, culture, spiritual growth, healthy living, communication, vocation, stewardship of creation and advocacy for peace and justice.

A second workshop was held in May 2015 with the same participants.  Following the second workshop a rough draft of the book was circulated among the contributors for input. After approval by the LUCSA Council 300 copies of book 5 were printed in January 2016 at a cost of R85 (about $6) per copy.

Each of the 15 member churches of LUCSA were then invited to send two active youth representatives to participate in the launch and training workshop for book 5 in Johannesburg in May 2016.  A total of 28 people including youth, youth pastors and presenters participated in the workshop.

At the conclusion of the workshop each participant undertook to share the book and the learning with the leadership of their respective churches and members of the youth and young adult organizations at national and local level.

LUCSA member churches and organizations are now encouraged to use the complete set of LUCSA Christian education resource books which form part of the LUCSA Christian education strategy for life-long learning and teaching for disciples of all ages.

LUCSA encourages translation of the books into local languages where possible and the sharing of best practices and resources between member churches.

The LUCSA resource books can also be used by member churches and others as they prepare for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 and in the ensuing years as they seek to strengthen disciples of all ages to participate in God’s mission of transformation, reconciliation and empowerment for the sake of the world.

The work of the LUCSA Christian Education Desk has received support from the ELCA and Lutheran partners in Germany.

Thank you for your participation in God’s mission and for your continued prayers and support.

Yours faithfully,

Pastor Philip Knutson

ELCA Global Mission, Regional Representative – Southern Africa


September 2016