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2018 ELCA Youth Gathering

June 27- July 1 * Houston, TX

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. - Ephesians 2:8

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 primarily for youth of color, and the tAble, a gathering that gathers, blesses and empowers youth with disabilities.

Preparation is an important part of your congregational Gathering experience. We know through conversations and surveys that congregations that are diligent in their preparation together have a much better experience at the event. For the 2018 Gathering, three major resources will be provided to help you prepare.

Youth Gathering Handbook

The Official Gathering Handbook

The Official Gathering Handbook: Tips and Tricks for Adult Leaders is available now. This resource was created by congregational youth ministry leaders and is filled with ideas and best practices to help you get your mind wrapped around the huge task of preparing a group to come to the Gathering. 

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