Synod Day

We Belong Together 


Fulfilling the mission of the Gathering to provide faith formation in high school age youth, the Synod Day provides yet another opportunity for participants to connect God’s amazing story in geographical groupings that assists in translating the Gathering experience to their home context.


The Synod Day is one of the rotation program days when participants meet as a synod for worship, bible study, learning and more. The bishop of each synod appoints a Synod Day Director who is responsible for implementing the curriculum and worship experience for the synod. A list of Synod Day Directors can be found here.


Each synod will come together in the afternoon on a designated day and location for Synod Day. Participants will dwell on three daily themes of the Gathering.

●   Thursday: God’s Love Changes Everything

●   Friday: God’s Grace Changes Everything

●   Saturday: God’s Hope Changes Everything


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]


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. Synod Day places an emphasis on the promise that WE BELONG TOGETHER. We will see this theme expressed through the context of worship, which provides the framework for the afternoon experience. Through the understanding that we are Gathered, Claimed and Sent as God’s children, it is the hope that participants will gain a deeper sense that God has, indeed, claimed them, that they matter, and they have a place to belong.


Learn more about Synod Day in our blog post "Why Synod Day?"



Doors open at the assigned locations at 11:30 am

Program begins at 12:00 pm.

Program ends at 3:00 pm.