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Youth Ministry

Helping young people grow in the faith

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Youth Ministry faithfully leads, serves, resources and networks youth and adults — working through LCMS districts and congregations — with Christ and His gifts at the heart and center of everything.

Featured Events

Youth Lead Training

‘YouthLead’ Training for teens

YouthLead equips teens to develop and use their leadership skills as they serve Christ within their congregations and communities.

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National Lutheran Youth Workers Conference

At 'NATIONAL24', youth leaders will have an opportunity to connect with new and seasoned adult leaders while training to support their youth ministry.

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Youth Ministry Podcast

End Goals PodcastEnd Goals is the podcast of LCMS Youth Ministry in the Office of National Mission. LCMS Youth Ministry Staff discuss practices for healthy youth ministry and interview practitioners who provide insight for experienced and new youth leaders.

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Youth Ministry Book

Seven Practices of Healthy Youth MinistrySeven Practices of Healthy Youth Ministry connects pragmatic research with realistic practices to help you care for youth in your church.

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Resources & Services

Young Adult Ministry

Young Adult Resources

Ministry programs are available for young adults in the various stages after high school, and the resources are also helpful for those who care for young adults.


LCMS Youth Ministry provides Jesus-centered resources for those working with youth and young adults in congregations and in communities. New resources are added every week.

Youth Lead


Through training and discipleship, YouthLead (formerly Lutheran Youth Fellowship) has been empowering youth to use their gifts to serve and lead while sharing their Christian faith.

Servant Events

LCMS Servant Events

LCMS Servant Events are opportunities for God’s people to grow in their faith while sharing Christ and helping others. Volunteer opportunities are available for a week or weekend.

LCMS Youth Gathering Theme

LCMS Youth Gathering

Thousands of youth and adults from all 35 districts will join together in New Orleans from July 19-23, 2025 for the 16th triennial LCMS Youth Gathering. The theme for the 2025 LCMS Youth Gathering is ENDURE and is based on Hebrews 12:1-3.

Rev. Mark Kiessling





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Youth Ministry Information

LCMS Youth Ministry supports young adults as they grow in the Christian faith, and it engages youth through servant events, volunteer opportunities and leadership training.

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How to Help

The LCMS Office of National Mission works within the borders of the United States to support the programs and resources available to congregations, districts, schools, Recognized Service Organizations and other Lutheran organizations.

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Ready to expland your congrgation's pro-life ministry? Apply now for the Million Dollar Life Match.

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The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Inc., including Mission Central (in Mapleton, Iowa), is an IRS registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity.

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