Youth Ministry in the Texas District happens at the congregational, regional, district and national level. Below are some of the opportunities for young people to grow in their faith and experience Christ-centered Gospel. In the Texas District we see young people as vital saints in the life of the Church right now.
Paul Krentz, DCE and former Area B Mission and Ministry Facilitator for 20 years, is the resource person for Youth Ministry. He relates to lay and commissioned workers (DCE’s, etc.) who work at the congregational level to lead and coordinate ministries of various kinds including Youth Ministry. Congregations seeking to call a DCE or other commissioned church workers (other than teachers or school administrators) can contact Paul for assistance in finding candidates for their call list.
Paul may be reached at (512) 769-6734 or Krentztx@gmail.com
Texas District Youth Ministry Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TexasDistrictLcmsYouthMinistry/
Texas District Youth Ministry Services
Glorybound District Youth Gatherings
Every three years the Texas District offers a state-wide youth gathering which is open to students who are entering 8th grade through graduating seniors. Glorybound is planned by a regional group of DCE’s, pastors and lay leaders. It is held at various locations in Texas. Look for information about Glorybound 2018 by the end of 2016
MYR – Missional Youth Retreat
MYR is a collaborative effort of Concordia University Texas and the Texas District with generous support from The Woltman Foundation. Pastors, DCE’s and Lutheran school administrators can nominate young people from their church or school to be part of MYR, a more than 35 year tradition in Texas.
2016 MYR | GO
Concordia University Texas | June 5-9, 2016
A week for students to discover, experience, and focus on their vocation, purpose, and passion.
At the 2016 MYR | GO, students will spend five days participating in an experiential program that focuses on Christian leadership, service and vocation. Not only that, but they will also be empowered and encouraged to discover their own gifts and talents as well as how they can serve the world in which we live.
Created in 1992 and introduced at the 1993 GLORYBOUND (the Texas District Youth Gathering), CAN-DO Missions is a vehicle to actively involve the youth and adults of our congregations in Christ’s great commission to “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Now headquartered on the campus of Concordia UniversityTexas, CAN-DO offers mission trip opportunities at all times of the year for students from middle school through college.
Camp Lone Star
Camp Lone Star is our Texas District Camp in La Grange, Texas and is part of Lutheran Outdoors Ministry of Texas, an agency of the Texas District. Camp Lone Star offers summer camping weeks for all ages of children and youth as well as retreat opportunities throughout the year. It also offers serving opportunities for high school students through college and beyond.
DCE and Others Spiritual Renewal Retreat
The DCE Spiritual Renewal Retreat is held annually in early February at Camp Lone Star. Planning is done each year by a local DCE cluster. The retreat is open to DCE’s, youth pastors, directors of Christian outreach and lay leaders who are involved in discipling people from children through adults. Information will come out in November for the next year’s retreat.
Texas District at the LCMS National Youth Gathering
1,431 Texans are already registered for “In Christ Alone”, the LCMS National Youth Gathering in New Orleans, July 16 – 20. Dr. Grant Carey, Assistant Director of the DCE Program at Concordia University Texas is our District Gathering Coordinator. You can reach Grant at (512) 423-2033 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about the Texas District Paddleboat Event on Saturday, July 16 1:30 pm as well as the T-Shirt order form can be downloaded HERE.
LCMS Youth Ministry Services
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Youth Ministry faithfully leads, serves, resources and networks youth and adults — working through LCMS districts and congregations — with Christ and His gifts at the heart and center of everything.
The National 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. 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 summer “In Christ Alone” is the theme for NYG being held July 16 – 20 in New Orleans, Louisiana
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LCMS Youth Servant Events
LCMS Servant Events provide opportunities for Christian service to the Church and world. They include personal Bible study, group building, and connection with other Christian youth. They give youth a chance to live what they believe by relating acts of service to daily life. They take youth out of their comfort zone and into the reality of others. They give Give youth the desire to share their love of Christ with the people of the world.
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis is hosting their annual Vocatio program for high school students (students enrolled grades 9-12 for Fall 2016). The dates are June 25-30, 2016. This six-day program is designed to encourage and equip young men and women to consider their vocation as Christians. This event includes a Concordia University System college fair, presentations, servant event in Perry County, and more.