Held every 3 years since 1980, the LCMS Youth Gathering provides thousands of youth and adults the opportunity to come together as a community of God’s people to learn more about Jesus Christ, the Christian faith and their Lutheran identity. The next Gathering will be held on July 11-15, 2019 in Minneapolis, MN.
During the five days of the Gathering, youth spend time together in God’s word, worship, service, and fellowship with others from across the synod. This event is organized by LCMS Youth Ministry in Saint Louis, MO.
For additional ways to connect to LCMS Youth Ministry, please visit www.lcms.org/youth.
On August 1-3, 2013, 49 ministry leaders representing The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS) and its partners gathered in St. Louis for the “Future Search Conference” to evaluate and plan for the synod’s future national youth gatherings.
At the conference, four key criteria for future Gatherings were identified:
Read more about the Future Search Conference here.
Main Theme: “Rejoice in His Presence”
Central Focus: Three Articles of the Apostles’ Creed
Sub-themes (Daily): Earth, Fire, Water, Wind
Main Theme: “Amigos de Cristo”
Central Focus: Luther’s explanation to the Third Article
Main Theme: “On Wings Like Eagles”
Central Focus: Isaiah 40:28-31
Sub-themes (Daily): Faith, Freedom, Justice, Mercy, Hope
Main Theme: “Blessed in the Journey”
Central Focus: Seasons of the Church Year
Sub-themes (Daily): Beginning, Struggle/Sorrow, Victory, Faith/Becoming, Celebration
Main Theme: “Time for Joy”
Central Focus: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Sub-themes (Daily): A Time to Gather, A Time to be Born, A Time to Dance, A Time to Embrace, A Time to Scatter
Main Theme: “River of Light”
Central Focus: Psalm 46:4
Sub-themes (Daily): First Light, One Light, Points of Light, High Delight, River of Light
Main Theme: “Called to Be”
Central Focus: Romans 1:6
Sub-themes (Daily): Called to Behold, Called to Belong, Called to Be Me, Called to Be Free, Called to Be Servants
Main Theme: “Higher Ground”
Central Focus: Colossians 3:1
Sub-themes (Daily): Battle Ground, Victory Ground, Dangerous Ground, Holy Ground, Solid Ground, Common Ground, Higher Ground
Main Theme: “Beyond Imagination”
Central Focus: Ephesians 3:20-21
Sub-themes (Daily): Power, Truth, Love, Praise, Live
Main Theme: “Chosen”
Central Focus: I Peter 2:9/Book of I Peter
Sub-themes: CHOSEN in Christ; CHOSEN with Others; CHOSEN to the World
Main Theme: “We Believe”
Central Focus: John 20:31
Sub-themes: LOOK, LISTEN, LIVE
Main Theme: “Live Love(d)”
Central Focus: 1 John 4:10
Sub-themes (Daily): Beloved, De-loved, Love LIVED, Live LOVED, Live Love