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 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 will begin in late-2019 as the ELCA develops the theme and the programming/logistics. 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:

SCSW Synod Gathering Coordinator

*This email will not be monitored regularly until Fall, 2019.

Recent News & Events

Telling the Story of the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering

Look back on your gathering experience! There are tons of pictures and videos to help you share the Gathering story! Check out the albums on the official Facebook page, as well as videos available on YouTube.

2018 ELCA Youth Gathering New Resources

We are excited to share the latest in our curriculum resources that explore the theme "This Changes Everything." In partnership with LuMin: Campus Ministry Network and the Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Network, we have created three cross generational sessions and three sessions to be used in young adult ministry contexts.

2018 ELCA Youth Gathering Reunion & Evaluations

Keep the Gathering energy going; join us on Sunday, September 30, 2018! As part of the ELCA Youth Gathering’s ongoing efforts to grow in its mission of faith formation in teenagers, Gathering leadership are conducting a series of in-person listening sessions. We invite all youth & adults who attended the 2018 Gathering to join us in Madison for a time of reflection, conversation, and worship.

2018 ELCA Youth Gathering Archive