Volunteer Registration

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit! For more than a century, Lutheran youth have gathered for Bible study, worship, service, learning, fellowship and play. These young people have been accompanied by thousands of caring adults who support their growth in faith by creating a safe environment in which they can encounter Christ and each other. Dedicated, faithful volunteers make the work of the Gathering possible.

Serving the youth of our church is a vocational calling that requires careful discernment. Every volunteer who serves at the Gathering must agree to follow the terms of our Volunteer Servant Covenant Code of Conduct and submit to a background check by the ELCA. By clicking through this online application process, you will be given the opportunity to complete each of the five steps. All are welcome to volunteer. If you are a member of an ELCA congregation, be sure to have your congregation’s ID number before starting the application process.

If you have any trouble completing this or require another form of application, please contact us by sending us an email.

There are three volunteer opportunities. Read on to learn more about each category of service, then click the “apply now” button to start the application process. The application fee is $75.

If accepted to serve at the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering, you will be responsible for:
  • Transportation to and from Detroit and parking on-site, if you drive.
  • Arrival in Detroit by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 12, 2015, and staying through Sunday, July 19.

The Gathering will provide the following:
  • Per diem or catered meals on days of service at the Gathering. 
  • Complimentary hotel accommodations with check-in on Sunday, July 12, 2015, and check out on Sunday, July 19, 2015.
  • Travel stipends up to $250 per individual.


Community Life

Community_Life_Volunteer Community Life volunteers work as a team within their assigned hotel to help create a welcoming atmosphere. Everyone begins and ends their day in a hotel at the ELCA Youth Gathering.

A Community Life Team staffs each hotel and is responsible for providing hospitality, being a conduit for communication with Gathering planners as well as hotel staff, and troubleshooting situations that arise.

A Community Life Team consists of hotel pastors, adult counselors and young adult leaders who may facilitate worship, and generally promote a healthy, fun and faith-forming experience for young people at the ELCA Youth Gathering.

Eligibility: Applicants must be 19 years of age and at least out of high school (successfully graduated) for one year.




Gathering Volunteer Corps

Volunteer CorpsThe Gathering Volunteer Corps serves in multiple capacities throughout the Gathering. This can include, but is not limited to, ushering in the Superdome, checking wristbands at Community Life activities, directing foot traffic in the Interaction Center, helping with registration, answering telephones, staffing an information booth, or moving equipment in the Convention Center.

Eligibility: Applicants must be 19 years of age and at least out of high school (successfully graduated) for one year.




Servant Companion

Servant CompanionThe 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering will invite all attendees, youth and adults, to deepen their faith by encountering Jesus in the humanity of Detroit, and to return home to practice compassionate justice. Compassionate justice includes studying Scripture, praying, knowing the world around us, actively helping and truly caring about others.

Compassionate justice is less about what we “want to do” and more about accompanying people where they are in their journey – “God’s work. Our hands.” Young adult Servant Companions will accompany congregational groups as they serve with and for the people of Detroit at the Gathering.

Eligibility: Applicants must be 19 years of age and at least out of high school (successfully graduated) for one year.