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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.

Volunteer on Team Flex

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Applications are being accepted to serve on Team Flex at the 2022 LCMS Youth Gathering. The deadline to apply is April 30.


LCMS Servant Events

LCMS Servant Events

Do you have the heart of a servant? Several service opportunities are available year-round, and you can serve for a weekend or a week.

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Youth Ministry Podcast

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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Resources & Services

Young Adult Ministry

LCMS Young Adult Ministry

LCMS Young Adult Ministry empowers youth to reach out to their peers with the love and light of Christ. Resources include youth-authored Blogs, podcasts, and volunteer opportunities.

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For 40 years, YouthLead (formerly Lutheran Youth Fellowship) has been empowering youth through training and discipleship to use their gifts to serve and lead as they as they share their Christian faith.

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National Youth Gathering

LCMS Youth Gathering

Thousands of youth and adults from all 35 districts will join together in Houston, TX July 9-13, 2022 for the 15th triennial LCMS Youth Gathering.

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Youth E Source provides Jesus-centered resources for those at work with youth in the Lutheran congregation and beyond. New resources, articles and blog posts are added every week.

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LCMS Servant Events

LCMS Servant Events

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

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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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‘In All Things’: 20,000 attend LCMS Youth Gathering
Tuesday, July 26, 2022 9:40:49 AM

‘Reporter’ supplement: ‘Life Together with President Harrison’ – July 2022
Thursday, June 30, 2022 8:00:45 AM

DCEs gather to learn, connect and share their faith
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 8:33:19 AM

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Mission and Vision

Seven Mission Priorities

The Lutheran Witness Magazine

The Lutheran Witness Magazine

Fall 2022 Conference

Making Disciples for Life - Conference

Latest Convention Information

68th Regular Convention

Church Work Recruitment Initiative

Set Apart to Serve

Caring for Ukraine

Ukraine Support

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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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