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ELCA National Youth Gathering – Detroit 2015

Watch the “Dates to Remember” tab for reminders about important Gathering-related dates.


Are you registered for the Gathering?  Fill out this form and let us know!


Email the Florida-Bahamas Synod Gathering Coordinator Michelle Collins with questions:

Planning has begun for the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering! The Gathering will be held in Detroit, Michigan, July 15 – 19, 2015. There are 15 planning teams, comprised of people from across the country, who are responsible for the daily programming at the event. These people have a passion for the church’s ministry to rear youth in the faith; they willingly give their time and talents and we rejoice!

It’s Registration time! Check out the “Dates to Remember” tab for helpful information.

ELCA Youth Gatherings bring youth and adult leaders together around a theme that is integrated into all program components. These components including Bible study, service, worship, focused study areas, experiential learning, special events, dances and tours.

ELCA Youth Gatherings occur every three years. The first Gathering took place in San Antonio, Texas, in 1988. However, the preceding church bodies that joined in 1987 to form the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America had Youth Gatherings that began in 1895. Youth Gatherings have been growing in numbers throughout the years, especially the last 30 years. Gatherings prior to 1988 occurred in Denver, Colorado; Banff/Alberta, Canada; Lafayette, Indiana; Houston, Texas; Detroit, Michigan; New York City, New York; Seattle, Washington; Missoula, Montana and Miami, Florida.

October 15, 2014: Registration opens.  Register early!
(below is a YouTube video regarding Registration from a Gathering Coordinator in New York.  A lot of the information is helpful for us as well)

January 15, 2015: Registration cost increases to $375.

January 29-Feb. 1: Youth Ministry Extravaganza in Detroit.  This will be a great opportunity for leaders to become familiar with the city, talk with other youth leaders, and begin working out some logistics.  For more information about the Extravaganza, visit the ELCA Youth Ministry Network website (

February, 2015: Congregations are assigned hotels.

March 15, 2015: Congregational leaders can send rooming lists to hotels.  Please wait 2 weeks after submitting your rooming list to contact your hotel.

May 15, 2015: Registration closes.

Have a question about the Gathering?  Start with this flow chart or send an email to

Question Flow Chart

To see the latest blog about the Gathering, go to the “blog” tab of this web site and scroll down to “categories.” Look for the blog category: “Gathering 2015”

Missed the April Live Webinar? You can watch the recorded video HERE!

Here is a fun activity for you to do to prepare for Detroit and once you are in Detroit. Do it with you group, your conference, or whoever!

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