Preparation is an important part of your congregational Gathering experience. We know through conversations and surveys that congregations that are diligent in their preparation together have a much better experience at the event. For the 2018 Gathering, three major resources will be provided to help you prepare.

Youth Gathering Handbook

The Official Gathering Handbook

The Official Gathering Handbook: Tips and Tricks for Adult Leaders is available now. This resource was created by congregational youth ministry leaders and is filled with ideas and best practices to help you get your mind wrapped around the huge task of preparing a group to come to the Gathering.

Getting Ready Materials

Youth Gathering Getting Ready MaterialsThe Gathering’s Getting Ready resources are based in group building, Bible study and faith based conversation for use with congregational groups before and after the Gathering. Twelve lessons will be developed – nine for use in the months leading up to the Gathering and three for taking your experience home. Eight of the nine pre-Gathering lessons are available now! The ninth lesson will be for use in the final weeks leading up to the Gathering. Because it will contain last-minute details, it will not be posted until the spring of 2018. The three post-Gathering lessons will be available shortly after the Gathering. It is our goal to create most of the Getting Ready curriculum with themes that could be used for your entire youth ministry group, not just those attending the Gathering.


To help you prepare, the Gathering is offering monthly webinars focused on our different program areas. Webinars will be held the second Thursday of every month at 7pm central. Check out our schedule, sign up, and mark your calendars.

April 6th- Volunteering View webinar

Aug. 10th- Getting Ready Materials  View webinar

Sept. 14th- Registration View webinar

Oct. 12th- MYLE View webinar

Nov. 9th- The tAble View webinar

Dec. 14th- Synod Day View webinar

Jan. 11th- Community Life View webinar

Feb. 8th- Interactive Learning View webinar

March 8th- Mass Gathering View webinar

April 12th- Service Learning View webinar

May 10th- Transportation View webinar

May 31st- Safety and Security View webinar

June 14th- Last Minute Q&A Sign up here