It was an experiment. For the first time, the Lutheran World Federation invited youth groups around the world to share their hopes and dreams by partnering to groups in other parts of the world (as you can see in the short video above).
But how can this experiment move on and take on concerns that were raised? Here is the idea.
More languages actively supported: The last guide book is already available in five languages. Besides that, there would be volunteer language coordinators for six languages or so who would help run the program and are able to support the youth groups in their respective languages.
Not one, but three programs: There would be three different types of LWF together:
- LWF together intensive: This is similar to the setup in 2011. Three youth groups from different continents work together for a longer period of time. This form is for groups that have a better endurance but will be rewarded with friendships and deep learning.
- LWF together camp: In the Lutheran communion, there are many youth ministries that organize camps of different sorts: Some just for a weekend, others for several weeks. In this segment, LWF provides resources for leaders of camps in order to help them prepare their programs and offer a way to connect their work with the wider communion.
- LWF together action: Every month or so, a youth group suggests an action that they are doing in their own context. That might waste cleaning, a special worship service or something completely different. They are inviting other youth groups to do the same in their context. This way, ideas and concrete actions spread around the world.