What Are Gathering Volunteers?
In All Things, the 2022 LCMS Youth Gathering will bring over 1000 loving, energetic, flexible, and faithful volunteers to Houston, TX. The Volunteer team is composed of folks from all over the USA, of all ages, gifts and abilities. We would love for YOU to serve a few hours or the entirety of the Gathering as a Young Adult Volunteer (ages 19-25) or an Adult Volunteer (25 and older).
Volunteers are a highly valued and deeply needed element of the Gathering experience and its overall success. Whether you are able to serve for a few hours on Team Flex or for the full Gathering in one of the many other volunteer roles we would love for you to be a part of the Orange Nation or Blue Crew!
We hope you will consider serving at the 2022 Youth Gathering as we seek to help all Gathering participants experience the joy of Jesus IN ALL THINGS!
In an effort to increase the Gathering’s capacity for adult volunteers, adults ages 25 and up have the opportunity to choose from three different Adult Volunteer roles — Gathering Ambassador – Team Leads, Gathering Ambassadors, and Team Flex.
Formerly known as the Community Life Builders or CLBs, Gathering Ambassador roles have opened new opportunities for volunteers to serve and lead at the Gathering. Known as the “Blue Crew”, Gathering Ambassadors can be identified by their bright blue shirts.
To learn more about the new Gathering adult volunteer role, visit the FAQ section.
Young Adult Volunteers (YAV)
Identified by their orange shirts, young adults ages 19-25 can join Orange Nation and choose from three different Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) opportunities – YAV Squad Leaders (Leader of Leaders), YAV Team Captains, and YAV.
Connect with hundreds of LCMS young adults and serve adult leaders and youth at the Gathering.
To learn more about the Young Adult Volunteer roles, visit the FAQ section.
Frequently Asked Questions
The following questions are commonly asked by those considering service to the LCMS Youth Gathering as a volunteer. Please read through these carefully as you prayerfully consider the prospective role as a volunteer.
General Volunteer FAQ
What is the cost to volunteer?
All volunteers will pay the registration fee of $395 (this fee is waived for Team Flex volunteers). Depending on the role, there are other costs associated with the role. See the volunteer descriptions to determine the cost.
I can only take a couple days off of work. How can I serve?
Team Flex is the place for you! On Team Flex you can serve 1 day or 5 days, and also anywhere from 4-8hours a day.
What are the different ways I can volunteer at the Gathering?
Age 19-25: Young Adult Volunteers (Orange Nation)
Age 25 and Older: Gathering Ambassador Team Lead, Gathering Ambassador and Team Flex, all a part of the Blue Crew.
I am age 19-25. How can I serve?
The Young Adult Volunteer team (Orange Nation) is the place for you.
I am local. How can I serve?
You are welcome to apply for any volunteer role, but Team Flex may be the best fit for you. As part of Team Flex you can serve for a few hours a day or even all day at the gathering. You can even sleep at home, in your own bed, at night! On Team Flex you can connect as you have time and availability.
I am 25 or older. How can I serve?
Gathering Ambassador Team Lead, Gathering Ambassador and Team Flex, all a part of the Blue Crew.
What if I can volunteer the entire Gathering and training (July 6-13)?
Volunteers age 19-25 years old may apply to be a Young Adult Volunteer (Orange Nation). Volunteers 25 years old or older may apply to be a Gathering Ambassador Team Lead or Gathering Ambassador.
May I Serve as a Volunteer and An Adult Leader for My Church?
No, you may not serve as an adult leader for your church’s group while also serving as a volunteer. A volunteer’s time commitment does not allow a person to also serve in an adult leader role. Volunteers have an opportunity to visit with their group in their “off” time.
Adult Volunteer FAQ
What is a Gathering Ambassador?
A Gathering Ambassador is a part of the Blue Crew (Formerly Community Life Builders or CLBs). These adult volunteers (25+) serve for the duration of the Gathering in many capacities. They are servant leaders and a trusted voice, helping participants have a safe and awesome experience. These volunteers come ready to daily walk over 3 miles, stand in a location for 4 or more hours, be in the heat and sun for 2 or more hours, serve early mornings and late nights as well as throughout the day. They are identified by their blue shirts & yellow swag.
These full-Gathering volunteers commit to serve for the duration of the Gathering & for pre-Gathering training: July 6-13, 2022 as well as virtual training leading up to the Gathering.
Gathering provides: Housing, access to the Gathering & a great crew of new friends! Adult Volunteers are responsible for: Volunteer Registration fee of $395, travel costs, meals
What is a Gathering Ambassador Team Lead?
A Gathering Ambassador Team Lead is a part of the Blue Crew. A Team Lead is a Gathering Ambassador (see Gathering Ambassador description) who leads others. In addition to the same demanding rhythm of Gathering Ambassadors, Gathering Ambassador Team Leads must be able to train others, initiate conversations with people he/she doesn’t know and say hard things in an assertive and loving way. This leader does his/her best work under pressure and is comfortable leading others who may be under stress, is able to problem solve quickly, is able to guide and direct other leaders, and provides calm in the midst of challenges. These volunteers come ready to serve early mornings and late nights as hotel leads.
These volunteers will be dressed in Blue with Yellow swag! These full-Gathering volunteers commit to serve for the duration of the Gathering & for pre-Gathering training: July 6-13, 2022 as well as virtual training leading up to the Gathering.
Gathering Provides: Housing, travel stipend to & from the Gathering, access to the Gathering & a great crew of new friends! Adult Volunteers are responsible for: Volunteer Registration Fee ($395) and meals.
What is Team Flex?
Team Flex is a part of the Blue Crew. This volunteer role is open to anyone 19+ who wants to serve for less than the full Gathering or who applies after other Volunteer role applications have closed. Team Flex volunteers are awesome servants who will help at the gathering in so many different ways. These volunteers are able and willing to serve for a minimum of 4 hours for a single day or up to 8 hours a day for 5 days. Team Flex will be found helping all around the Gathering. Volunteers of all skill sets can find a home with Team Flex! As we get closer to the Gathering we will ask for your availability and we will find a place for you to serve. Team Flex volunteers are identified by their blue shirts and blue swag!
Gathering provides: Access to the Gathering & a great crew of new friends! Team Flex Volunteers are responsible for: Meal. their own housing & travel to and from the Gathering.
Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) FAQ
What is a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) Squad Leader (Leader of Leaders)?
Squad Leaders are leaders in charge of several YAV teams in one or more working areas of the Gathering. They work closely with the YAV Captains and YAV Planners in that given area.
Squad Leaders communicate important information to the YAVs in their area of service both prior to and during the Gathering. The Squad Leader and Gathering Planner lead in the area of service to train, deploy, and support the YAVs.
Gathering provides: housing and travel arrangements. Squad Leaders are responsible for registration costs.
What is a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) Captain?
Captains will be tasked to lead a team of approximately 12 to 24 Young Adult Volunteers in specific area(s) of the Gathering.
Captains have the responsibility and privilege to care for one of these teams, communicate with the YAV Planning team, Squad Leader and Gathering Planners of their area(s) of service, and be a willing caregiver for the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of those on their team.
Gathering provides: housing. Captains are responsible for registration costs and travel arrangements.
What is a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV)?
Young Adult volunteers serve as role models and servant leaders while working in all corners of the Gathering. These teams are also a place where YAVs meet other Young Adults as they are supported physically, mentally, and spiritually. Young Adult Volunteers are fun, friendly and flexible. They’re ready to help engage participants and aid in traffic flow and safety from early morning to late at night.
Gathering provides: housing. YAVs are responsible for registration costs and travel arrangements.
What does “Sold Out” mean on the Young Adult Volunteer Application?
“Sold Out” on the Young Adult Volunteer application means that the role’s registration has not opened and will open at a later date.