I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. Philippians 1:3-5 (ESV)

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.

Guiding Principles
  •  Youth Gatherings proclaim the Lordship of Jesus Christ and God’€™s saving grace to His people through Christ. In this setting, young people grow in their personal relationship with God and grow in their fellowship of Word and Sacrament in Christ’€™s Church.
  • Youth Gatherings are a vehicle by which the Church reaches out to, cares for and affirms young people, both churched and unchurched.
  • Youth Gatherings equip youth and adults for ministry in a variety of settings in their congregations, communities, and world.
  • Youth Gatherings affirm, equip, and support adults who work with young people.
  • Youth Gatherings celebrate the meaning of Christian joy in all of life’€™s situations.
  • Youth Gatherings recognize and affirm the diversity of God’€™s people
  • Youth Gatherings affirm, support, and promote the ministry of LCMS Districts and congregations.
Future Search Outcomes

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:

  1. All aspects of the Gathering planning and the event itself shall remain Christ0centric.
  2. The event will retain its three-year planning cycle.
  3. The latest technological advances will be continually integrated into components of the Gathering program.
  4. Educational and preparatory materials and events throughout the three-year cycle will cohesively support the Gathering theme to provide further spiritual maturation for youth and adult leaders alike.

Read more about the Future Search Conference here.

LCMS Youth Gathering Thematic History

1980 – 2016

1980 – Ft. Collins, CO


Main Theme: “Rejoice in His Presence”
Central Focus: Three Articles of the Apostles’€™ Creed
Sub-themes (Daily): Earth, Fire, Water, Wind

1983 -“ San Antonio, TX


Main Theme: “€œAmigos de Cristo”€
Central Focus: Luther’s explanation to the Third Article

1986 – Washington, D.C.


Main Theme: “œOn Wings Like Eagles”€
Central Focus: Isaiah 40:28-31
Sub-themes (Daily): Faith, Freedom, Justice, Mercy, Hope

1989 – Denver, CO


Main Theme: “€œBlessed in the Journey”€
Central Focus: Seasons of the Church Year
Sub-themes (Daily): Beginning, Struggle/Sorrow, Victory, Faith/Becoming, Celebration

1992 – New Orleans, LA


Main Theme: “€œTime 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

1995 – San Antonio, TX


Main Theme: “€œRiver of Light”€
Central Focus: Psalm 46:4
Sub-themes (Daily): First Light, One Light, Points of Light, High Delight, River of Light

1998 -€“ Atlanta, GA


Main Theme: “€œCalled 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

2001 – New Orleans, LA


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

2004 -€“ Orlando, FL


Main Theme: “€œBeyond Imagination”€
Central Focus: Ephesians 3:20-21
Sub-themes (Daily): Power, Truth, Love, Praise, Live

2007 -€“ Orlando, FL


Main Theme: “€œChosen”€
Central Focus: I Peter 2:9/Book of I Peter
Sub-themes: CHOSEN in Christ; CHOSEN with Others; CHOSEN to the World

2010 – New Orleans, LA


Main Theme: “€œWe Believe”€
Central Focus: John 20:31
Sub-themes: LOOK, LISTEN, LIVE

2013 -“ San Antonio, TX


Main Theme: “€œLive Love(d)”€
Central Focus: 1 John 4:10
Sub-themes (Daily): Beloved, De-loved, Love LIVED, Live LOVED, Live Love