Youth Gatherings

MSYG 2016 Group

Middle School Gathering

Date: October 20-22, 2017
August 1st - October 6th     $150
October 7th - 12th     $180

No additions allowed after October 12th. Same gender substitutions will be allowed through on-site check in.

In addition to online registration, please complete and bring the following forms to check in. Without complete and signed forms, the attendee will not be permitted to stay.





High School Gathering
Save the Date: February 9-11, 2018
Registration Coming Soon
Bishop's Youth Leadership Award

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Due January 11th

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Due January 31st

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Due January 31st

Bishop Ray Tiemann values young people and their God-given gifts and talents and has made it a priority to recognize youth members of our synod who have served God, their church, and their community with distinction. A committee gathers nominee information, removes identifying pieces to remain anonymous and submits top nominees for the Bishop to select one male and one female recipient of the Bishop's Youth Leadership Award. All nominees are recognized and the recipients are announced at the Sr High Youth Gathering.
High School youth in the Southwestern Texas Synod who are currently enrolled in the 12th grade and have made a significant contribution of service with their time and talents to their church and community can be nominated. Youth leaders may nominate one or two youth from their congregation. Immediately following receipt of nomination, those nominated will be contacted to complete an application and provide references from 3 individuals--a pastor, an adult and a peer. Only once the application and references have been submitted, by the deadline, will the youth be considered for the award.
Pastor Gary Goodson, Committee Chair
ELCA Youth Gathering



Looking for Gathering Information?
Denise Blomquist, our Synod Coordinator Contact, has gathered all the need to know information right here.
Still looking? Visit or contact Denise at or 512-468-3346.
We are excited to share with you the theme for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering, “This Changes Everything.” Our primary scripture will be Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”
Grace is a foundational and distinctive piece of the Lutheran faith. This gift, undeserved and freely given, changes lives and perspectives as people realize they are enough because of what Christ has done and are called into the world to serve their neighbor and share the good news.
Our logo is a visual representation of our theme and the 2018 Gathering experience. It incorporates the coming together of a mosaic to reflect the diverse host city of Houston, as well as the idea that we are a church where all are imperfect and incomplete, yet we each belong in – and have an important place in – God’s masterpiece. The cross at the center of the logo is the focus – it is God’s grace, through Christ’s life, death and resurrection, that changes everything for all people.
In her book “Woo: Awakening Teenagers’ Desire to Follow in the Way of Jesus,” Morgan Schmidt identifies the three central desires of teens.
All youth desire: *Someone to become *Somewhere to belong *Something to do [that changes the world]
Throughout the 2015 Gathering and the evaluations and conversations that followed, we heard our young people echo these desires again and again. As young people desire and struggle to find someone to become, somewhere to belong and something to do, the Gathering seeks to be a ministry that helps define some of that or at least open up pathways of discovery. Ultimately, we want youth to understand the fierce love that God has for them, just as they are, and that by grace, through faith, they have been saved. When young people (or really any age person!) truly claim this reality, it indeed changes everything.
We look forward to diving deeply into this theme with you in the months to come!

The Southwestern Texas Synod is part of Region 4 of the ELCA-Brandmark
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