Live Loved

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

1 John 4:10-11 ESV

The Missouri District Youth Gathering returns on March 24-26, 2023 to the Lake of the Ozarks! For youth in grades 6-12, the combined Junior and Senior High ministry weekend features FLAME (Marcus Gray)— an award-winning Christian Hip-Hop artist with a degree from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis; as well as Rev. Brandon Metcalf, long-time church worker in Missouri and popular youth presenter. Both FLAME and Pastor Metcalf were featured presenters at the Houston LCMS Youth Gathering last summer.

The theme for the District Youth Gathering this Spring is focused on Holy Baptism.  In creation, humans are born to be loved. This identity is given to us from God the Father. In our baptism, we are given our identity in Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. We believe through faith that Christ died on the cross for all our sins and rose three days later. He conquered sin, death, and the power of the devil. Someday we will spend eternity with Heaven with Christ. We then are called to live lives as ones loved unconditionally in Christ. We also have the opportunity to show the unconditional love of Christ to our family, friends, and anyone else we encounter.

Open to all youth and congregations in the Missouri District, our weekend of worship, Bible study, fellowship and fun will take place again at Cross Pointe Retreat Center in Rocky Mount, Missouri.


Weekend Schedule

Friday, March 24            

6:00 PM               Registration/Fireside Hangout/Rec
8:30 PM               Welcome/Community Building/Leader Meeting
9:30 PM               Devotion/Band
10:30 PM             Church Group Devotions
11:30 PM             Lights Out/Quiet Time


Saturday, March 25       

8:00 AM               Breakfast
8:45 AM               Band/Announcements
9:00 AM               Session 1
10:30 AM            Community Building/Breakout 1
11:00 AM            Rec
12:00 PM            Lunch 1
1:15 PM               Band/Announcements
1:30 PM               Service Project/Breakout 2
2:30 PM              Service Project/Talent Show Preview
3:00 AM               Rec/Talent Show Preview
4:30 PM               Rec/Talent Show Preview/SR High Leadership
5:30 PM               Dinner
7:00 PM               Session 2
8:00 PM               Talent Show
9:00 PM               Rec/Bonfire
10:30 PM             Church Group Devotions
11:30 PM             Lights Out/Quiet Time


Sunday, March 26

7:30 AM               Breakfast 1
8:00 AM               Breakfast 2
8:30 AM               Pack & Clean
9:00 AM               Final Session & Worship
10:30 AM            Wrap Up & Photos
11:00 AM            Go Home

Registration Fee: 

Registration has closed. Contact our offices with any questions (314) 590-6200

Housing Options:

Hotel room:  $150 per room (2 nights included)

Dorm:  $30 per person (2 nights included)

Missouri District Youth Leader

Dan Kreienkamp, DCE

Missouri District
Assistant to the President: Family Life and Youth Ministry

Events Coordinator

Sue Thompson

Missouri District
Assistant to the President: Ministry Events Specialist