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 2024.

For more information, questions, or to learn more, contact:

Pastor Jason Poole-Xiong
ELCA Youth Gathering Synod Champion
(608) 387-8560

2024 ELCA Youth Gathering Synod Information

As congregations begin planning for the 2024 ELCA Youth Gathering we have developed several helpful resources to guide your discernment and engagement with the young people in your congregations along with practical information on logistics, travel, and what the Gathering is all about.

Late Registration is now open through April 15, 2024. If you are wondering where to begin please head over to the Gathering website first at ELCA.church/Gathering and click on “Attend” —> “Congregations”. We have also shared information via email which you can find below:

  • June 11 e-Update – Includes Sign-up Link for Engagement in NOLA & Adult Leader Meeting PowerPoint
  • June 1 & 10 e-Updates include Zoom links for the Adult Leader Meetings – Please contact Pastor Jason for this information.
  • May 9 e-Update – Preparing for the final 2 months prior to the Gathering
  • April 15 e-Update – Key Dates for Leaders (See Below)
  • April 8 e-Update – Eclipse Day Update: New “Swag” and Reminders of April 2 E-mail Information.
  • April 2 e-Update – Monthly Newsletter with Synod “Swag” Orders, Final Deadlines Reminders, and more!
  • February 2 e-Update – Monthly Newsletter with T-Shirt Design Contest, Reminders, and more!
  • March 18 e-Update – Synod Day Worship Volunteers
  • March 8 e-Update – Airport Transportation
  • March 6 e-Update – Synod T-shirts & Clear Bag Information
  • March 4 e-Update – Monthly Newsletter with Hotel Information, Synod Day Worship, and more!
  • February 2 e-Update – Monthly Newsletter with T-Shirt Design Contest, Reminders, and more!

We also share some communications through the synod-wide bi-monthly e-newsletter. You can sign-up for the newsletter via our Engage page.

Key Dates

  • June 11, 2024: Synod Gathering adult leader meeting in-person (@Synod Office in Madison) AND Zoom at 1:00 p.m.
  • June 11 & 12, 2024: Synod Gathering “Swag” available for pick-up @ Synod Office in Madison (see email for full info).
  • June 27, 2024: “Final Q&A” webinar hosted by ELCA Youth Gathering staff. Register online here.