The Sierra Pacific Synod Youth Committee (SPSYC) is a youth-led, adult-assisted ministry of the Sierra Pacific Synod.
In September of 2016 the Sierra Pacific Synod lived into a new conference configuration of our territory. This new configuration has spurred many changes in our governing documents and the way we operate. Some of the changes are:
The one position on the committee that is not elected by the youth is the Synod Council Youth Representative. This person is elected at the Synod Assembly each year and serves both on the Synod Council and SPSYC.
Serving on the Committee
Students who would like to serve on the committee must be in grades 9 through 11.
We encourage you to check out the constitution and covenant and to talk and pray with friends, family, & your church.
One of the was that SPSYC leads this church is by raising up leaders from historically marginalized or under-represented communities. Therefore, the first 9 Youth Members that are elected are people who publicly identify as a person of color, or as LGBTQ+, or as having a primary language other than English, or as differently-abled (cognitively, physically, or emotionally).
The other 18 Youth Member positions on the committee are drawn from the 9 conferences of the Sierra Pacific Synod. The hope is to elect 2 youth from every conference, giving priority to youth who come from different congregations within that conference. However, we know that each year there might not be youth from multiple congregations in every conference, or any youth at all from any given conference. Therefore, we pray that all interested youth seek a position on the committee, and we lean on the movement of the Holy Spirit in our elections to raise up the leaders that God calls each year.
Those youth who have served a year or more on SPSYC are able to serve in the position of President, Vice President, or Secretary. These three positions make up the executive committee and they are the leaders who convene, facilitate, and operate all the SPSYC activities.
The Sierra Pacific Synod Youth Committee is continually evolving and being shaped by the members who come in an out of the group. We know that the Holy Spirit works in unexpected ways through all people and we open ourselves to that movement. That's why we're always eager to have people add to our group not only in number, but in gifts and in with uniqueness. We hope that you'd consider how God is calling you to partner with us in ministry!