2021 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.

In 2018 our synod had 724 high school youth and adult leaders who traveled to Houston under the theme of “This Changes Everything”. Our synod is now planning for our trip to the 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering. The 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering will take place Tuesday, June 29 – Saturday, July 3, 2021 in Minneapolis, MN.

For more information or to learn more, contact:

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

Thank you to all those who participated in our two informational webinars on May 7. Below you will find a link to a recording of the webinar along with the PDF download of the presentation to help you continue to plan with your congregations.

COVID-19 & 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering

June 15, 2020 Update: Gathering leadership continues to work through a variety of scenarios of what this ministry may look like in the time of COVID-19. We have decided to pause our upcoming webinars, the release of the Getting Ready Materials and the start of financial assistance, so that all may be adjusted accordingly for any possible changes. We also hope this pause allows congregational leaders to continue focusing on serving their young people during these unusual times, without needing to devote special attention to Gathering readiness. The Gathering timeline will be adjusted accordingly as updates are announced, so that adult leaders have the necessary time to prepare. Further updates will be shared on the Gathering social media as well as on our website: elca.org/YouthGathering/COVID19.

April 20, 2020 Update: A video message about COVID-19 and the 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering from the Director of the ELCA Youth Gathering, Molly Beck Dean can be viewed HERE.

Racial Justice Resource from the Gathering

Are you looking for a racial justice lesson to use with your youth group or church council? One of our Getting Ready lessons from the 2015 Gathering is filled with activities, lessons and factoids pertaining to prejudice, bias and racism (overt and covert).

2021 ELCA Youth Gathering Synod Resources

2018 Youth Gathering Resource Archive