Youth Gathering

boundless: God beyond measure

The Why

Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders from across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives. An important part of the Gathering’s ministry are the two pre-events, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE), a faith formation and leadership development event for youth of color, and the tAble, a gathering that gathers, blesses and empowers youth with disabilities.

How it Works

The Gathering consists of four program areas: Interactive Learning, Synod Day, Service Learning and Mass Gathering. Congregational groups will be assigned to a rotation schedule for Interactive Learning, Synod Day and Service Learning. Interactive Learning is a space for participants to engage and be immersed in the life and breath of the church. At Synod Day, congregations will meet with others in their geographical area for worship, conversation, communion, music and learning about how boundless our God really is. During Service Learning, groups have the opportunity to take part in the Twin Cities’ great story and live out our Lutheran faith by being God’s hands and feet in the community. At the end of the night, everyone will come together for Mass Gathering in U.S. Bank Stadium for a night filled with music, speakers, dancing and an opportunity to ponder their faith.

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