Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry

Helping young people grow in the faith

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s (LCMS) 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.

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Service Opportunities

Lutheran Young Adult Corps

Lutheran Young Adult Corps provides opportunities for young adults (18-26) to grow in a community of faith and service through long-term, full-time service in urban ministry settings.

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Youth Ministry Symposium

2018 Youth Ministry Symposium

The 2018 LCMS Youth Ministry Symposium is scheduled for Jan. 28-30 at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel. The Symposium’s focus will be ministry to and with young adults.

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Resources & Services

LCMS Youth Gathering

More than 22,000 youth and adults from all 35 LCMS districts and 14 countries flocked to New Orleans in July 2016 for the 13th triennial LCMS Youth Gathering.

The next Gathering is set for July 11-15, 2019, in Minneapolis.

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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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LYF Poll Report

Lutheran Youth and Their Response to the Society They Live In is a report on the Lutheran Youth Fellowship Youth Poll from 1980-2013. The report was written by Rev. Dr. Terry K. Dittmer.

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Gathering Outreach Grants

Gathering Outreach Grants help LCMS congregations and related organizations witness to un-churched and marginally-churched youth through programs, camps, and other activities.

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Lutheran Youth Fellowship

Lutheran Youth Fellowship empowers youth to use their gifts to serve His people as they share their Christian faith, and LYF equips youth to develop leadership skills.

 Learn more 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 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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Lutheran Young Adult Corps

Launched in the summer of 2017, Lutheran Young Adult Corps provides long-term service opportunities for young adults out of high school, throughout their college career or before full-time work.

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Rev. Mark Kiessling, Director

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Ministry Overview

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. Youth Ministry provides a context where people are thinking, talking and engaging young people both within and outside the faith.

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Recent Stories & Articles

Youth Ministry – LCMS News & Information
Broten to serve as LCMS Youth Gathering director
Thursday, September 14, 2017 12:58:05 PM

Aug. 23 webinar: ‘Faith on the Field: The Vocation of an Athlete’
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 2:20:33 PM

June 21 youth webinar topic: dealing with lure of pornography
Monday, June 19, 2017 12:17:00 PM

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