ELCA Youth Gathering

Every three years, 30,000+ high school youth and their adult leaders from across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives.

2021 ELCA Youth Gathering
June 29‐July 3, 2021
Minneapolis, MN

We are excited that the 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering will be only a short drive (or flight) from the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin. In 2018 our synod had 724 high school youth and adult leaders who traveled to Houston and joined over 31,000 other Lutherans under the theme of “This Changes Everything”. The primary scripture focused on Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”

Our synod is now looking ahead to the 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering and planning begins in February 2020 as the ELCA begins to share details about programming/logistics with each synod. Continue to check this website and the ELCA website at www.elca.org/gathering for planning updates.

For more information or to learn more, contact:

Jason Xiong
2021 Synod Gathering Coordinator
(847) 893-9226 – Cell

2021 ELCA Youth Gathering Theme

The theme for the 2021 Youth Gathering is boundless: God Beyond Measure and is based in Ephesians 3:14-21 (CEV). We are bound. Bound by our sin, by the expectations of others, by poverty, by -isms that try to divide us, and by so much more. In a life that often feels as if it has young people in a suffocating grip, we want them to imagine the boundlessness of God: boundless love, boundless mercy, boundless freedom, boundless creation, boundless strength. All offered from a gracious and loving God who knows and adores them. All so abundant and endless it cannot be measured.

What are the stories of God’s people, both in Scripture and modern-day, that share the awe and wonder of just how vast our God is? What does it mean, what does it look and feel like to live a life “filled with all that God is”? How can young people find themselves within the boundlessness of Christ’s love?

MYLE, the tAble and the Gathering are unique opportunities to invite young people into a deeper relationship with a God whose possibilities are boundless. Through one-of-a-kind experiences, this ministry stretches and affirms young people’s gifts and calls. They experience the power of the Spirit within them, that frees them to live in the grace of God’s boundless love in Jesus Christ.

Finally, we are excited by the connections this theme offers to our host city of Minneapolis and the surrounding area. Known as the “City by Nature,” Minneapolis is an earth-minded city in many ways. The Minneapolis Area Synod also names advocacy around care for creation as a top priority, which would allow us to learn from and support the local expression of the church.

A pdf version of this theme information can be found here.

2018 ELCA Youth Gathering Archive