YouthLead

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.

2021 Teen Leadership Training

YouthLead, formerly Lutheran Youth Fellowship, will host teenagers for its annual leadership development training Feb. 25-28, 2021, in suburban St. Louis at the La Salle Retreat Center in Glencoe, Mo.

Online registration is open. The registration rate for the training event is $375, which includes program, housing, and meals. Transportation is the responsibility of participants.

Although not required, adult leaders (e.g., pastors, DCEs, teachers, volunteer youth workers, and parents) are encouraged to attend with youth and participate in the training.

Register online Download YouthLead Flyer


Frequently Asked Questions


  • Who is Invited?
  • Who is Invited?

    Any high school youth who is an active member of an LCMS congregation can join us. We encourage you to contact your district before you register as some districts have supports for those attending this training. We prefer teens attend with an adult leader from their congregation. Arrangements can be made for them to come unaccompanied.

    We welcome young people who are Christ-centered, mature and self-motivated, and heave a heart of service.

  • How much does training cost?
  • How much does training cost?

    Registration for youth and adults is $375. This covers your food, housing, supplies and a shirt during the whole training. You will need to also cover your transportation to and from St. Louis.

  • What happens at a YouthLead training?
  • What happens at a YouthLead training?

    Youth are equipped for leadership in two key ways. First, we engage them in studying God's Word through a Bible study they experience and are trained to lead back home. Second, we focus on their unique identity and vocations so they can lead from their strengths in their home congregation.

  • What if I can’t make it this year?
  • What if I can’t make it this year?

    If you can't make this training, don't worry! We hold training every year in St. Louis. We will also host a version of YouthLead training at the National Lutheran Youth Worker's Conference in Houston July 2021. Go to lcmsgathering.com/national-2021.


Our first priority is the safety and health of our young people and their adult mentors.
We will continue to monitor the situation. Our location will allow for everyone to be in a separate room for housing. We will also offer a 100% refund if we need to cancel due to Co-Vid or health concerns.

Training resources

As a part of the annual training, YouthLead resources are video based, easy for young people to lead, and focus 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.

Visit youthesource.com or email youth.ministry@lcms.org to learn more about the training materials.


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

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Meet ‘YouthLead’: Lutheran Youth Fellowship gets new name
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 3:09:46 PM

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‘In All Things’: Youth Ministry announces 2022 Gathering theme
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