Youth Ministry

Iowa District West offers youth new opportunities to hear and experience Christ’s love through:

  • Annual District Youth Gatherings 

  • Supporting Camp Okoboji Youth Camps

  • Encouraging congregational attendance at National Youth Gatherings

  • Encourage partnerships between congregations within circuits and regions of IDW

These experiences offer a broader picture of the Church at large and let our youth hear the same Gospel message in different settings.

Our Goal:  Help youth grow in their understanding of God’s grace and His call to discipleship.

NYG Adult Leader Meeting

Here are the dates for the adult leader meetings  -these are for ANY adult leader attending the Gathering in Houston. We ask that you register for one of the meetings (if you would like to attend). 

Rhonda Mohr

Rhonda Mohr
Assistant to the President Education, Youth and Family Life
Phone: (515) 576-7666

Junior Youth Gathering

Featured: Guest Speaker: Pastor Andrew Ratcliffe, Music with Swen & Dean, Trivia Fun, & Camp Okoboji!
Theme: "Idol Talk"
Bible Verse: TBD
Focus: Idols
Bible Verse: Exodus 20:3
Registration Details

Senior Youth Gathering

  • Guest Speaker: Shelly Schwalm
  • MC's: Alex Irwin & Eric Sherman
  • Music led by: Youth of Shepherd of the Valley
  • Bible Study Leaders: Pastors B. Keith Haney & John David Mull

Theme: "Anchored"

Bible Verse: Hebrews 6:19


Registration Materials

National LCMS Youth Gathering

Held every 3 years since 1980, the LCMS Youth Gathering provides thousands of youth and adults the opportunity to come together as a community of God’s people to learn more about Jesus Christ, the Christian faith and their Lutheran identity. The next Gathering will be held on July 9-13, 2022 in Houston, TX.

During the five days of the Gathering, youth spend time together in God’s word, worship, service, and fellowship with others from across the synod. This event is organized by LCMS Youth Ministry in Saint Louis, MO.

For additional information about the National Youth Gathering, please visit