Building community across the state through faith-deepening experiences

Youth ministry in the Nebraska Synod grows disciples of Jesus and leaders in the church.

The Nebraska Synod offers two annual ministry events for young people and their adult leaders as well as one other ministry event during summers when the ELCA Youth Gathering isn’t scheduled. The Lutheran Youth of Nebraska (LYON) Assembly is typically held the weekend before Thanksgiving, and youth in grades 9-12 and their adult leaders are welcome. The Middle School Gathering (MSG) is an experience for young people in grades 6-8 and their adult leaders, and it takes place in January the weekend immediately before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The Journey is a week-long experience that involves service learning somewhere outside of Nebraska. It’s open to youth who’ve finished grades 8-12 and their adult leaders. Plans are still being worked out, but we hope to host at least a one-day LYON Assembly on November 20 and a one-day MSG on January 15. The next Journey will be scheduled for Summer 2023. Stay tuned here for registration materials when they’re available. For youth ministry resource ideas to use in your setting now, please check out the links below.

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The ELCA Youth Gathering

The ELCA Youth Gathering takes place every three years, and the next one will be in Minneapolis in July 2022.

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2022 Middle School Gathering (MSG)



The annual Middle School for young people in grades 6-8 and their adult leaders will take place at Carol Joy Holling Camp from 9am to 6pm on Saturday, January 15. Participants will focus on communication—what Jesus communicates and how we communicate with our neighbors. The theme is “Words: What R U Trying 2 Say?” and our guiding verse is John 1:1.To learn more and register for LYON, check out the link below. Space is limited, so please register early!


Links & Resources

MSG Information & Registration
More Information
Printable MSG Registration Form
Volunteer Screening Form
Shareable Postcard

Staff Contact:

Lisa Kramme

Director for Faith Formation