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

ND District LCMS Middle School Gathering

Thursday – Saturday, October 21-23

Ramada Inn, 3333 13th Ave South, Fargo

Registration cost: $150 + housing (prorated fee available)

Registration deadline: Sunday, October 10

For Gathering information contact: Pat Sebastian, Gathering Coordinator | Cell:  (701) 471-3289 |

Sponsored by: ND District Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Life Together/Youth & Young Adults

Guest speaker: Brian Young, Creation Instruction Association, Juniata, NE (artwork below)

              Brian Young, an internationally known speaker, and author, was a teacher and principal for ten years before becoming director of Creation Instruction Association and the Semisaurus Mobile Creation Museum. He has been speaking on the topic of creation and Biblical authority for 25 years, doing debates at Universities, going into prisons, and sharing at churches, schools, and camps around the world. He uses the Bible as the foundation for science and education.

Gathering Schedule

Thursday, October 21

4:00 PM                       Teen counselor registration & room check-in

5:00                             REQUIRED teen counselor orientation (Supper provided for teen counselors only)

5:00 – 7:00                   General registration & supper on your own

7:00 – midnight            Gathering (Bible study, music, recreation, snack, devotion)

Friday, October 20

8:00 AM – midnight     Gathering (Two Bible studies, music, two interest sessions, Mercy Meals packing,                                                                  meals & snacks  + more!)

Saturday, October 23

8:00 – 11:30 AM          Gathering (breakfast, Bible study, worship)

Noon                           Lunch on your own

Our goal at this Gathering is to pack 10,000 meals! Through packing and distribution of precisely formulated ingredients, Mercy Meals provides a nourishing meal for just 15 cents.      

 Variety show act(s) (optional!) – Prepare an act for the variety show on Friday night! Songs or skits that convey a Christian message are encouraged. While not all acts need to be of a spiritual nature, there should be nothing in them that would in the slightest way compromise our Christian witness. This includes the words, messages, and actions in any songs or comedy acts.  

Cost:  The $150 registration fee includes:

  • Meals on Friday, Saturday breakfast and three snacks
  • Program costs (including partial cost of Mercy Meals supplies)

Housing at the Ramada Inn is an additional charge depending on how many people are housed in a sleeping room. If the youth/congregation group makes other housing arrangements (i.e. sleep at a relative’s house or at home), a reduced fee is available as shown on the registration form.

Part-time attendees are also welcome! If you can attend only parts of the Gathering, please specify which parts: 1) Thursday evening; 2) Friday morning; 3) Friday afternoon; 4) Friday evening, and/or; 5) Saturday morning. The cost for each segment is $30 and does not include breakfasts or a sleeping room.

Adult Counselors: Counselors will be expected to help with small group Bible study discussion, prayer time, and congregation sharing times. Each youth and teen counselor will be assigned to an adult counselor, with one adult counselor for approximately every seven students. If a congregation registers with less than seven youth, one or more youth from another church may be assigned to your congregation group.  

It is the responsibility of congregations to provide adult (over age 21) drivers for transportation to and from the Gathering.

Teen Counselors:  Confirmed young people may serve as teen counselors if recommended by their pastor or adult counselor. The Counselor Handbook ( Download at gives further information about serving as a counselor. Teen counselors are an important component of this Gathering because they can have a strong, positive influence on middle school-age youth.

ND District LYF Retreat • March 4-5, 2022 • Chieftain Conference Center, Carrington

LCMS National Youth Gathering •July 9-13, 2022 • Houston, T X

ND District LYF Gathering • August 4-6, 2022 • Location TBA

ND District Middle School Gathering • October 20-22, 2022 • Ramada Inn, Bismarck

National Youth Gathering

July 9-13, 2022 – Houston, TX

Gathering Volunteers application deadlines – March 15, 2021

In All Things, the 2022 LCMS Youth Gathering will bring over one thousand loving, energetic, flexible, and faithful volunteers to Houston, TX. The Volunteer team is composed of folks from all over the USA, of all ages, gifts, and abilities.

We would love for YOU to serve a few hours or the entirety of the Gathering as a Young Adult Volunteer (ages 19-25) or an Adult Volunteer (25 and older).

Volunteers are a highly valued and deeply needed element of the Gathering experience and its overall success. We hope you will consider serving at the 2022 Youth Gathering as we seek to help all Gathering participants experience the joy of Jesus IN ALL THINGS!

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