youthESource provides Jesus-centered resources
to those at work with youth in the congregation and beyond.

New resources, articles, and blog posts are added regularly.

youthESource is published by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
Office of National Mission—Youth Ministry.

LCMS Youth Ministry

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.

The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

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.

Youth Ministry Office Staff

Rev. Mark Kiessling, Director
Julianna Shults, DCE, Program Manager for Resource and Leadership
Meredith Whitefield, Communications Specialist

Interested in writing for YouthESource?

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Youth Ministry Resources & Services

LCMS Youth Gathering

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.

Youth Ministry Symposium

The 2018 LCMS Youth Ministry Symposium is scheduled for Jan. 28-30 at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel. The Symposium’s focus will be ministry to and with young adults.

LCMS Servant Events

LCMS Servant Events equip God’s people to grow in their faith while sharing Christ and helping others. Service opportunities are available for a week or weekend.

End Goals Podcast

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

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.

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1333 South Kirkwood Rd
Saint Louis, MO 63122

Phone: 314-996-1155