Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

I Peter 4:1- NRSVUE

IDEA is a partnership initiative of the Nebraska Synod ELCA, Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (NLOM) and Nebraska Lutheran Campus Ministry (NeLCM). IDEA strives to create a Christ-centered community inviting God’s children of all ages to be in community as they discern how God/The Holy Spirit might be calling them to use their gifts. IDEA provides resources, learning opportunities and special events to equip, engage and empower disciples. IDEA raises faith-filled leaders for the sake of the world!

The IDEA colors have been chosen with care.

I – Invite
Green represents creation. We are created by God with a unique set of gifts and talents. It is also the color of ordinary times in our liturgical colors. It is a reminder that inviting happens in ordinary times, amid everyday activities and through ordinary people.

D – Discern
Discernment, representing the Holy Spirit, we focus on the call of the Holy Spirit. Listening to the Spirit and listen to others in community are keys to discernment.

E – Excite
Yellow shouts excitement. Exploring options brings energy and enthusiasm as one is encouraged by the community to see what might be next on one’s journey.

A – Act
Leaning into hope, the color of hope and the blue of Advent, we step off GO with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, equipped with prayerful action steps.

What does it this mean for me?

We invite you, with the help of community, to identify your God-given gifts and talents. Engage in intentional discernment by initiating conversation with others and listening to the Holy Spirit. Give yourself permission to let loose and get excited! Explore your options through retreats, special events and mentors. There are programs and resources for all ages. And, invite others to join you on this journey.

Resources for Discernment

Books, articles, and devotions that help people of all ages discern and consider what God is calling them to!

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The Impact of IDEA

IDEA has an impact beyond an event or program. Learn about the impact IDEA has had on these leaders!

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