2018 National Youth Gathering – Houston

2018 HoustonJune 27 – July 1, 2018 we will be gathering in Houston for the ELCA Youth Gathering. Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders 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.

The ELCA Youth Gathering theme of the 2018 gathering is This Changes Everything based on Ephesians 2:8, “By grace you have been saved…” Read more about the theme and the plans ahead for the Youth Gathering.

About Houston:
People might know it as Beyoncé’s hometown, others as the world hub of the energy industry, some for its prominence as the flight control center for all of NASA’s manned space missions, but we know it best as the host city for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering! We also know Houston to be a diverse, multicultural metropolis with thriving performing arts and culinary scenes, over 55,000 acres of green space, large and growing international community, and so much more.

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The 5 W’s


Youth entering 9th grade – graduating seniors from all over…30,000 of your best friends!


Gathering to worship, serve, and grow together through projects, speakers, and hands on learning.


June 25th – July 2nd, 2018


Houston, TX – NRG Stadium, Arena, and Center (a.k.a. NRG Park)


“This Changes Everything”

As young people desire and struggle to find someone to become, somewhere to belong, and something to do, the Gathering seeks to be a ministry that helps define some of that, or a least open up pathways of discovery. Ultimately, we want youth to understand the fierce love that God has for them, just as they are; that by grace, through faith, they have been saved. When young people (or really any age person!) truly claim this reality, it indeed changes everything.

FAQ’s – Houston 2018

What’re our traveling plans?

-We’re taking two 55 passenger buses and will leave Monday, June 25th and return Monday, July 2nd.

-While in Houston, we’ll be staying at a hotel with other churches from South Dakota. We’ll find out where we’ll be staying and what our room arrangements will be in February.

-We’re still finalizing our plans for what we’ll be doing on our way to Houston on the days before the gathering begins. A final itinerary with contact information for all adult leaders, our hotel information, and schedule will be provided for parents before we leave so that they can follow along with our trip to Houston!

What’re we doing in Houston?

The gathering is broken into three full days. A day of service learning, a day at the interactive learning center, and a synod day. We end each day at the mass gatherings with worship, music, and speakers. Our days start early and end late. We encourage youth to sleep when they can!

As the Gathering planners add more details, you can find out more information on each day by checking out elca.org/YouthGathering