Youth & Family Ministry

Events, support and resources to help congregations offer robust ministries
for youth, young adults and families.

ELCA Youth Gathering 2018

June 27-July 1, 2018
Houston, Texas


Congregations from the Northeastern Iowa Synod are getting ready for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston!

Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders gather for a week of faith formation at 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.

The theme for the 2018 Gathering will be “This Changes Everything,” based on Ephesians 2:8: “By grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”

Visit the Synod’s 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering Page

Registration is Open

All ELCA congregations are invited to register for the Gathering. Youth in grades 8 โ€“ 12 at the time of registration (2017-18 School Year) are eligible to attend as participants.


Registration fees are dependent on when participants are entered in the system:


Early Bird Registration – $350
Sept. 15, 2017 through Nov. 15, 2017


Regular Registration – $390
Nov. 16, 2017 through Feb. 15, 2018


Late Registration – $440
Feb. 16, 2018 through May 15, 2018