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 next ELCA Youth Gathering; now to be held in 2022 (see below).

For more information or to learn more, contact:

Pastor Jason Poole-Xiong
2022 Gathering Synod Coordinator
(847) 893-9226 – Cell

2021 ELCA Youth Gathering Postponed to 2022

July 22, 2020: After much prayer and consideration, we have decided to postpone next summer’s ELCA Youth Gathering to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering will be held July 24-28, 2022 in Minneapolis, with two pre-events, MYLE and The tAble, scheduled for July 21-24, 2022.

We give thanks for your prayers and patience as we have worked through the details with our partners in Minneapolis and across the country.  We hope that by postponing the Gathering for a year, individuals and congregations will feel more comfortable and prepared to attend the gathering in 2022.

For more information about the 2022 Gathering, please visit elca.org/YouthGathering/COVID19.  We will be updating our website and social media as more details become available.  We look forward to seeing you and experiencing the boundlessness of God in Minneapolis in 2022!

If you have questions or wish to discuss further details on the impact of this announcement on your congregation please reach out to our Gathering Synod Coordinator, Jason Poole-Xiong via email at jasonx@scsw-elca.org or cell (text/voice) at (847) 893-9226.

2022 ELCA Youth Gathering FAQ’s & Timeline

2018 Youth Gathering Resource Archive