Youth Ministry   •   The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

Teens leading teens

For 40 years, YouthLead (formerly Lutheran Youth Fellowship) has equipped teens to develop and use their leadership skills as they serve Christ within their congregations and communities. We offer resources and training to equip teens to lead and mentor each other.

Our annual leadership training event is facilitated by the teen YL Leadership Team. The event makes use of leadership resources developed to give teens the tools they need to mature in their faith, become leaders in their congregations, and reach out to their peers with the love of Christ.

YouthLead is now looking to the future with the development of additional resources aligned with the 7 Practices for Healthy Youth Ministry. This will include resources for adults who mentor and champion young leaders, potential regional conferences and connections to other programs like LCMS Servant Events and the LCMS Youth Gathering.

YouthLead Training

We host an annual training every March in St. Louis. This annual training event is led by our teen Executive Team. The event gives teens the tools they need to mature in their faith, become leaders in their congregations, and reach out to their peers with the love of Christ. We invite any high school youth who is an active member of an LCMS church to join us.

March 16-19, 2023 will be our next training at the Pallottine Renewal Center in St. Louis. Registration will open in October 2022.

Leadership Team: 2019-22

Leadership Team members for YouthLead were elected by their peers during the 2019 Teen Leadership Training.

  • Aidan Quirk — Bismarck, N.D.
  • Jackson Smith — Montgomery, Ala.
  • Isaiah Duport — Orange, Calif.
  • Joanna Shaw — Jackson, Mo.
  • Ally Graves — Cincinnati, Ohio



Leadership Team: 2022-25

Leadership Team members for YouthLead were elected by their peers during the 2022 Teen Leadership Training.

  • Adam Beadle — Chandler, Ariz.
  • Abbie Kollbaum — Madison, Neb.
  • Reagan Martens — Kansas City, Mo.
  • Annaka Zaiser — Holly, Mich.
  • Ava Dradzynski — Prattville, Ala.
  • Austin Barber — Worthington, Minn.


‘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

Training resources

As a part of the annual training, YouthLead resources are video-based, easy for young people to lead, and focus on topics key to youth discipleship. This curriculum is available for use in conducting events in your congregation or district. You can download the pieces here.

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