The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s (LCMS) Youth Ministry faithfully leads, serves, resources and networks youth and adults — working through LCMS districts and congregations — with Christ and His gifts at the heart and center of everything.
Learn more about LCMS Youth Ministry.
In grateful response to God’s grace and empowered by the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacraments, the mission of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod is vigorously to make known the love of Christ by word and deed within our churches, communities, and the world.
Learn more about LCMS beliefs and practices.
Rev. Mark Kiessling, director
Rev. Derek Broten, associate director, Gathering Program
Jim Lohman, DCE, associate director – Servant Events and Gathering Arrangements
Renee Lorenz, administrative assistant
Krista Miller, associate director – Gathering Registrar and Operations
Julianna Shults, DCE, program manager, Special Ministries
Meredith Whitefield, communications specialist
More than 20,000 youth and adults from all 35 LCMS districts and 14 countries flocked to Minneapolis in July 2019 for the 14th triennial LCMS Youth Gathering.
The next Gathering is set for July 9-13, 2022, in Houston.
YouthLead (formally Lutheran Youth Fellowship) empowers youth to use their gifts to serve and lead His people as they share their Christian faith. Youthlead Resources equip high school youth with leadership skills for their many vocations and trains the adults who mentor them. YouthLead Training happens each spring in St. Louis.
End Goals is the podcast of LCMS Youth Ministry in the Office of National Mission. LCMS Youth Ministry Staff discuss practices for healthy youth ministry and interview practitioners who provide insight for experienced and new youth leaders.
LCMS Young Adult Ministry empowers youth to reach out to their peers with the love and light of Christ. Resources include youth-authored Blogs, podcasts, and volunteer opportunities.