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Youth and Young Adults

We are the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) North Dakota (ND) District Youth Ministry Task Force and Lutheran Youth Fellowship (LYF). The District Youth Ministry Task Force (adults & District LYF president) and elected leaders of the District LYF (District Youth Committee – DYC) work together to offer resources and events that empower middle school and high school age youth to grow their relationship with Jesus Christ and each other.

Upcoming Events

LYF Gathering

Thursday-Saturday, July 16-18, begins Thursday at 2 PM, concludes Saturday noon

St. Andrew Lutheran Church, West Fargo

Overcome!    “I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” 

John 16:33

OVERCOME is the theme for this Gathering for all entering grades 9-12 and up!  The Gathering will include four Bible studies with co-leaders Shelly Schwalm, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN and Pastor Adam Harvala, St. Andrew Lutheran Church, West Fargo.

The Gathering will include: devotions • prayer walk • Barnabas buddies • election of District LYF officers • select 2020-2021 LYF mission project • community servant events • banquet • worship •recreation • free time.

Attendees may choose to stay overnight at the Homewood Suites (see registration form) with other attendees, stay at home or with family/friends in the area.  

Nominations requested for student leaders

Nominations are currently open for high school students willing to serve on the ND Lutheran Youth Fellowship (LYF) District Youth Commission (DYC). Nominations will be accepted until July 16. Nominations will be presented before the election at the LYF Gathering, business meeting July 16-18 at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, West Fargo, ND.  Final selection will be by written ballots cast by students attending the LYF Gathering.  Whether youth are able to attend the 2020 Gathering or not, nominations are encouraged! For any offices not filled during the business meeting, selection will be made by several prior DYC members and adults currently involved in youth ministry.  

If you have questions, contact Pastor Adam Harvala (email:, Pat Sebastian (email: or current DYC president Jacob Nistler (email:

Higher Things Virtual Conference – August

Higher Things exists to support the church in passing on the faith to the next generation. This is done in a multitude of ways, and we are so excited to have added in yet another avenue for that to happen. Higher Things Virtual Conferences offer all of the amazing content that you receive at an in-person conference, but it is brought to you in a way that allows you to craft your own experience. Can you gather together with your youth group and congregation during the live streaming of the conference? Great! Are you going to join us in real time from the comfort of your own home while sipping coffee in your sweatpants? Awesome! Are you busy during the scheduled conference event and want to consume all of the content on your own time? That’s totally fine, too! HTVC allows you to create your own adventure.

The VC will run for two days, August 6-7, 2020.

More information can be found at the newly updated website –

Lutheran Youth Fellowship Leadership Training March 2020

LYF Teen Leadership Training 2020 ND District Representatives (L to R): Aidan Quirk (Bethel, Bismarck & LYF Executive Team member); Jessica Schuh (Bethel, Bismarck); Leah Tykwinski (Beautiful Savior, Fargo); Cullen Flieth (Concordia, Jamestown); Pastor Adam Harvala (St. Andrew, West Fargo)

Four youth and one adult leader represented the North Dakota District at LCMS Youth Ministry’s annual Teen Leadership Training March 12-15 in Saint Louis. The North Dakota District sponsored District Youth Committee members Cullen Flieth (Concordia, Jamestown) and Leah Tykwinski (Beautiful Savior, Fargo), along with District LYF pastoral advisor, Rev. Adam Harvala (St. Andrew, West Fargo). Bethel, Bismarck sponsored one of their own youth members, Jessica Schuh. Also representing our District was Aidan Quirk (Bethel, Bismarck), who is in the first year of a three-year term on the National LYF Executive Team, representing the Great Plains region. During the four days of the training, the group members were strengthened in their faith in Jesus, their relationships with each other and new friends from around the country, and in their skills as leaders within the church. This year’s training was centered on Holy Baptism, our baptismal identity, and living out that identity in church, home, school, and society. Participants studied God’s Word, played and worshipped together, and learned how to write and lead devotions. We are thankful for these young people and for the work that God continues to do through Lutheran Youth Fellowship on the congregational, district, and synodical levels, and we look forward to these young leaders bringing this valuable training back to share it with their peers in our district and our congregations.


ND District Middle School Gathering


October 22-24, 2020

Ramada Inn, Bismarck

This Gathering is for students entering grades 6 and up.  Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to serve as teen counselors mentoring younger students. The Gathering will begin Thursday, 7 PM and conclude Saturday noon. 

LYF Retreat

March 5-6, 2021 – Chieftain Conference Center, Carrington

National Youth Gathering

July 9-13, 2022 – Houston, TX

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