Youth Ministry

Get Involved. Grow in Faith.

The Kansas District offers a variety of opportunities that support and encourage young Lutherans in their faith, including the recurring events listed here. Details and announcements about these events will be added as they become available.

Lutheran Youth Fellowship


Lutheran Youth Fellowship (LYF) offers Lutherans between the grades of 9 through 12 a chance to build connections, grow in faith and develop leadership skills. Selected representatives participate in training, attend District events and apply what they’ve learned at their home churches.

COMING IN APRIL: Teen Fellowship Retreat!

Do you want your high school students to learn more about leadership for service in your church? Come to the Teen Fellowship Retreat (TFR), hosted by Lutheran Youth Fellowship (LYF) April 6-7th in Hesston, Kansas. There will be games, Bible study, team building and leadership training. For more information please contact DCE Charity Smith, dce@stlukesmanhattan.org or Jesse Smith, smithjesse@icloud.com.

The registration deadline is March 9, 2018.

Registration Form

Lutheran Valley Retreat Summer Camp


Every summer, the Kansas District sponsors Lutheran Valley Retreat (LVR) Summer Camp, a weeklong camp in Colorado for Lutheran youth. Details for the 2018 LVR will be available soon, with registration set to open March 1. If you’re interested in learning more about LVR in the meantime, check out the 2017 brochure, which we’ve included here.

2017 Lutheran Valley Retreat Brochure


Higher Things Conference


Higher Things, a Recognized Service Organization (RSO) of the LCMS, exists “to assist parents, pastors, and congregations in cultivating a distinctly Lutheran identity among their youth and young adults.” Higher Things holds youth conferences each summer. In 2018, one of those conferences will be held here in Kansas at KU in Lawrence, July 24-27.

This year’s “Sanctified” conference will focus on the Ten Commandments and how God has set us apart as his own holy people in Christ (Lev. 20:26).


Junior High Rallies


The Kansas District hosts Junior High Youth Rallies every fall, with music, mixers, and Bible study available for grades 5-9. The 2017 event was based on the movie, Moana, with a focus on the question, “Who are you?” Participants looked at how our identity in Christ and our redemption through His saving work on the cross shapes His calling for us.

Details about the 13th Annual Junior High Youth Rallies will be posted in the summer of 2018.

Questions? Contact Pam Amey at 316-682-1318 or dcePamela@yahoo.com


Kansas District Youth Gathering (KDYG)


Planning is underway for the 2018 Kansas District Youth Gathering (KDYG), which will be held in Hutchinson on November 16-18. Details for the fall event, open to grades 9-12, will be available this summer.

In 2017, nearly 350 students representing 34 Kansas District congregations attended the Gathering, which included keynote speaker Pastor Matt Popovitz and the band Bread of Stone.


National Youth Gathering

2019 National Youth Gathering

July 11-15, 2019
Minneapolis, MN


Every three years, the LCMS hosts the National Youth Gathering, bringing together thousands (and thousands!) of Lutherans from around the country for five days of Christ-centered worship and service. The theme this year, based on Psalm 46, is “Real. Present. God.” You can find out more about the event and sign up for updates on the LCMS site:

LCMS National Youth Gathering Website

Youth Protection Policy

Attention: Pastors and Youth Leaders of the Kansas District

Too often we read of how the children entrusted to the care of adults have been let down and harmed by those who were meant to protect them. Such a thing grieves us all and in hindsight, we wish things were done to protect those children.

The Kansas District Youth Ministry Team is committed to being proactive in keeping the children with whom we come in contact as safe as we possibly can. To that end, the Kansas District Board of Directors has reviewed and updated our Youth Protection Policies. These policies, approved on April 25, 2014, are available below. The policies took effect on January 1, 2015 and apply to all District-sponsored youth events.

We ask for your cooperation in maintaining the appropriate background checks and documentation of all of the people in your ministry who are involved or come in contact with the children in your sphere of ministry. We strongly encourage each of you not only to cooperate with the policies but also to consider applying these same policies in your congregations in order to protect your adult volunteers who work with minors.

Because of the need for integrity, please understand that we’re following these policies as a best practice. We want to make sure that details are tended to properly so that none of our young people are excluded from our events.

If you have questions or need clarification, please feel free to contact Educational Services at 785-357-4441, Ext. 200.


District Staff

Jim Bradshaw
Assistant to the President for Educational Services
Fax: 785-357-5071

Tami Lierz
Administrative Assistant
785-357-4441 ext. 200
800-357-4421 ext. 200


Click or tap the logo above to go to the LCMS Youth Ministry page, where you’ll find great resources for youth and youth leaders. For a quick overview, check out this information sheet.