For most participants at an LWF Assembly, stewards are the helping hands that make the most obscure documents appear miraculously.
However, the group of 45 stewards at the July 2010 Stuttgart assembly will do much more than provide logistical help.
They are young leaders from LWF member churches around the world who have been trained over a three-year period. They analyzed their home contexts and engaged their churches with meaningful ideas directed at young people. They have raised awareness about HIV and AIDS in India, trained young people in computer skills in Nigeria and helped farmers in Nicaragua to adapt to climate change.
Their presence in Stuttgart is another important learning process about the global communion of Lutherans to which they belong. As young, actively engaged members, they seek equal participation and place in the LWF today and in the decades to come.