2018 ELCA Youth Gathering
Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders from
across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of
faith formation known as 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. Supporting local participation at the
National Youth Gatherings is a priority of the St. Michael Youth Ministry.
The 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering will be held in Houston, TX, during the week
of June 21 through July 1. The theme is, “This Changes Everything.” The 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.
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.
Nine youth and three sponsors from St Michael’s have already registered for 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering. We look forward to supporting the youth in the coming months as they raise funds to attend this event.
Please Watch Our Main Youth Page for Ways you can help Sponsor the youth of St Michael for the 2018 ELCA National Youth Gatheriing