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.

An important part of the Gathering's ministry are the two pre-events, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE), a faith formation and leadership development event primarily for youth of color, and the tAble, a gathering that gathers, blesses and empowers youth with disabilities.

Learn more about Minneapolis, review our existing resources and contact us with questions. We look forward to seeing you at the 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering!


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Important Dates

Here are a few of the key dates for the 2021 Gathering cycle. There may still be changes to this timeline, so watch the website and Gathering social media for updates and additional details.


April 21, 2019

Planning Team Applications Open

June 21, 2019

Planning Team Applications Close

Fall 2019

Theme Reveal and New Website Launch

January 2020

New Official Gathering Handbook Available

February 2020

Theme Song Contest Begins

May 2020

Volunteer Applications Open

June 2020

Getting Ready Materials Available

July 2020

Volunteer Applications Close

September 21, 2020

Registration Opens (Earlybird)

November 21, 2020

Regular Registration Begins

January 2021

Hotel Assignments Released

February 21, 2021

Late Registration Begins

April 21, 2021

Registration Closes

June 26-29, 2021

MYLE and the tAble

June 29-July 3, 2021

ELCA Youth Gathering




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