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. LCMS Youth Ministry is a part of the Office of National Mission.

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.

Youth Ministry Office Staff

Rev. Mark Kiessling

Rev. Mark Kiessling

Julianna Shults

Julianna Shults

DCE, Program Manager for Resource and Leadership
Meredith Whitefield

Meredith Whitefield

Communications Specialist
Rev. Mark Kiessling

Becky Kammeier

Operations Manager
Julianna Shults

Emily Myers

Registration and Arrangements Specialist

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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 Houston in July 2022 for the 15th triennial LCMS Youth Gathering.

The next Gathering is set for July 19-23, 2025.


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.

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.

National Lutheran Youth Worker Conference

The National Lutheran Youth Workers Conference (NATIONAL) is a standalone youth ministry practitioner conference that takes place the year before the LCMS Youth Gathering in the Gathering city. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or new to youth ministry, this conference promises to equip you with the tools, resources, and encouragement you need to have healthy youth ministry in your congregation. 

The next NATIONAL will be in New Orleans on July 21-24, 2024.

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.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us the form on this page.

1333 South Kirkwood Rd
Saint Louis, MO 63122

Phone: 314-996-1155


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