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 737.444.1284 or Krentztx@gmail.com Texas District Youth Ministry Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TexasDistrictLcmsYouthMinistry/
Texas District Youth Ministry Services
GloryBound YouthServe Seed Grants
GloryBound YouthServe Seed Grants are provided by Texas District LCMS Youth Ministry to assist collaborative witness, mission and service events by Middle School through High School students or any combination of the two. Grants are available when two or more Texas District LCMS congregations or church plants work together to carry out witness, service and mission events or trips in their local community, nearby region or in the state of Texas. Groups may apply for $250, $500, $750, or $1,000 grants which will serve as seed money for the action proposed in the grant application.
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.
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.
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.
The youthESource exists to provide Jesus-centered resources for those at work with youth in the Lutheran congregation and beyond. New resources, articles and blog posts are added every week.
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 hosts their annual Vocatio program for high school students (students enrolled grades 9-12 for Fall 2016). This six-day program is designed to encourage and equip young men and women to consider their vocation as Christians.