ELCA Youth Gathering

Priority Registration Is Open (and Covered!)

Every three years, 20,000 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.

Thanks to generous gifts from folks in this synod and beyond, the North Carolina Synod is thrilled to be able to support youth going to the 2024 ELCA Youth Gathering by covering their registration fees. The starred Google form below allows North  Carolina Synod congregations to indicate that you are bringing a group of youth. Also, the form includes t-shirt voting and ordering and group size info. Once the Google form has been submitted, the coupon code will be on the confirmation page. If you are planning on taking a group to the Gathering, you will need to fill out this form. After submitting this form, you will receive the code to enter in your registration portal. Follow these steps to apply the discount code.

We are so excited. If you have any questions, NC Synod Gathering Champion, Deacon Beka Forst would love to answer them for you! Contact Deacon Beka.

Key Dates

February 15: Late registration opens
April 15: Registration closes.
April 17: “What to Expect” Webinar (7 p.m. Central time)
April 30: Final balance due (housing and registration), deadline for cancellation and substitutions, rooming lists due in congregational accounts, and housing assignments are final.

Stay connected to the Key Dates webpage!

The Theme

Created to Be Brave. Authentic. Free. Disruptive. Disciples

The 2024 ELCA Youth Gathering will be held July 16-20, 2024, in New Orleans, with the theme, Created to Be. We have been created to be ourselves. Created by the Holy One. Since the last time the ELCA came together for an ELCA Youth Gathering, our young people have experienced several major life events. Still today, we are experiencing an ongoing public health crisis mixed with an economic and political crisis. However, we can rest assured that we are created to be in relationship with one another.

The two pre-events, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) and the tAble, are scheduled to take place immediately beforehand, July 13-16. 

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Planning Resources

The ELCA Youth Gathering Getting Ready Materials are ready to be downloaded! This curriculum was created for you to use with your group as you prepare for the 2024 Gathering. Filled with Scripture, activities, and New Orleans connections, you’ll be able to start bonding together and tackling hard conversations. Please adapt this resource to your setting.


The ELCA Youth Gathering Registration Workbook is now live! This resource has tips and tricks about registering for the Gathering, MYLE and the tAble. Additionally, it has all the forms you’ll need to collect from participants to register online.


The NC Synod will not offer transportation for the 2024 ELCA Youth Gathering—a decision made after finding that transportation will more cost effective on the congregational level. If you are a congregation with buses, vans, or means of transportation and have additional space and are willing to work with other churches to get all our youth to New Orleans, please contact us. Additionally, if you need assistance in finding transportation we will do our best to connect you with other congregations who are also going to the ELCA Youth Gathering. Pastor Melody Simpkins.


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Contact Deacon Beka Forst

Synod Gathering Champion

ELCA Youth Gathering Volunteers—Applications Open!

The Gathering could not happen without the love and support of our volunteers. Volunteer applications are now open! This cycle, there are five different opportunities for which you can apply. For a detailed list of responsibilities and deadlines, or to apply, visit the ELCA Youth Gathering Volunteers website.


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