Youth & Family Ministry

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

Middle School Lock-In

Oct. 13-14, 2017
Cedar Falls, Iowa

Rachel Kurtz

Mark Oct. 13-14 to attend the annual lock-in for middle school and junior high youth from the Northeastern Iowa Synod. This year’s theme will focus on “The Reformation & Our Baptism.”

Singer/songwriter Rachel Kurtz will be our special guest!

Rachel will perform in concert and worship with us as we talk about the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and what our baptism means in our lives as Lutherans.

Students will also join in games and activities at the UNI Wellness and Recreation Center, a large group activity, and a meal with lots of pizza!

Register by Friday, Sept. 29, 2017!

Cost is $40 per participant if registered by Sept. 29; $50 after.

Cover Letter
Congregational Registration Form
Individual Registration Form
Release of Liability
Lock-in Flyer/Poster

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