High School Ministry (HSM)

(9th-12th Grade)

Word of Peace is the place for 9th-12th grade youth to grow in their faith! Leadership opportunities, Bible studies, mission trips, bonfires, service projects, mentoring programs, worship and more! 

2018 ELCA National Youth Gathering

Houston, Texas | June 27-July 1 (+travel time)

"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God."  -Ephesians 2:8

What is it?

Every three years, 30,000 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.


Current 8th-12th graders* (and 30,000+ of your closest Lutheran friends from around the country!)

*Participants do not need to be Word of Peace members.

What do we do?

Each of the three full days of the Gathering centers around a theme: proclaim community, proclaim justice, and proclaim story.

The proclaim community day involves interactive learning around what it means to act in a way that reflects God’s value for everybody.

On the proclaim justice day, we serve the city of Houston in a variety of service projects.

On the proclaim story day, we gather with other groups from our synod to build community, relationships, and grow together.

Each evening of the Gathering, all 30,000 of us gathering for worship, concerts, and speakers as part of the Mass Gatherings.

Where can I learn more?

Registration Deadline: October 29

Leadership Opportunities

Confirmation Junior Guide

High school students at Word of Peace can serve as Junior Guides in Confirmation small groups. Each small group has an adult guide and a Junior Guide that lead conversation and facilitate discussion during small group time on Wednesday evenings during the school year. Junior Guides participate in servant and fellowship events with their small groups and attend periodic leadership training sessions throughout the year. If you're interested in serving as a Junior Guide, contact Sheldon to volunteer!

Event Permission and Health and Information Forms

For safety reasons, a health and information form and event permission form must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian for all off-site church related youth activities (day trips as well as overnight events).

The Event Permission Form must be completed and turned in to the Youth Ministry Office for every youth event a youth participates in.

The Health and Information Form must be completed and turned in to the Youth Ministry Office annually. It will be kept on file in the Youth Ministry Office and does not need to be recompleted for every event a youth participates in.  

Both forms must be turned in to the Youth Ministry Office prior to the start date of the activity or event.