About the Gathering

Held every 3 years since 1980, the LCMS Youth Gathering provides thousands of youth and adults the opportunity to come together as a community of God’s people to be encouraged in their walk with Jesus Christ and learn about the Christian faith and their Lutheran identity.

The Gathering is more than the five days of the event. The preparation process for the Gathering brings together young people and supportive adults to encourage each other in their baptismal identity. The Gathering provides young people a vision for the vastness of Christ’s Church and equips them for vocational service as they continue their walk with Jesus.

This event is organized by LCMS Youth Ministry in Saint Louis, MO. For additional ways to connect to LCMS Youth Ministry, please visit www.lcms.org/youth.

Sample Student Budget

The Image (and attached pdf...just click on the image) is our current per student budget:
The "Cost" column is the estimated (or actual) cost that must be paid or raised.  The "personal" column is for those items which are not required but recommended.  The "Fun Event (T-Shirt)" row is for the purchase of a group T-Shirt as well as a fun outing event which will be planned.

Below the black bar is the subtractions from the total cost:
The Deposit is self explanatory
Personal Account is what the student has raised in their personal youth account through participation in various fundraisers.
Youth Retained Account takes what we have saved as a group and distributes those dollars evenly across all participants.

The Total Owed then is whatever remains when these have been applied.  Through hard work and effort, you may not owe anything.  


We have created several fundraising options for students.  Some fundraisers will be planned over the next year, but the student can take the initiative to raise funds on their own as well.  Please click on the link (or share in the case of the direct student support) for ways to personally raised funds.  

Fish Fry Help

Trees and Pillars (total ministry support)

Direct Student Support