“God does not need your good works: but your neighbor does.” – Martin Luther. This session will discuss the benefits/challenges of engaging your youth in regular works of service, particularly in partnership with Lutheran Early Response Teams(LERT). This cross generational model of service to the neighbor has just opened up to youth (14+) and seeks to encourage a lifetime of service, connected to your congregation and performed in the Name of Jesus.
Bio: The Rev. Michael Meyer has been part of the disaster-response and human-care ministries of the LCMS since 2013, and has served as the Director of Disaster Training since 2019. In this role, Meyer directs the training programs related to preparedness for, and response to, natural and man-made disasters occurring domestically and internationally. He works with LCMS districts, congregations, Recognized Service Organizations and external relief organizations to implement the church’s immediate and long-term volunteer response in the aftermath of disastrous events. Meyer also oversees the Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) program and the LCMS Disaster Response Training Program, in which he works with volunteer District Disaster Response Coordinators (DDRCs) to ensure ongoing disaster-readiness training and preparation among the Synod’s district’s, congregations, international staff/missionaries and partner churches. Previously, Meyer served as pastor of Emmaus Lutheran Church, Denver CO. A 2008 graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Meyer also holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX. Meyer and his wife, Heather (a Doctor of Physical Therapy), have three children: Nathan, Kaitlyn and Emily.
Youth and adult sessions recorded at the 2022 LCMS Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas. For more information about the Gathering, visit www.lcmsgathering.com.