“We Believe”

The theme for the 2010 LCMS National Youth Gathering in New Orleans has been announced.

The theme for the 2010 National LCMS Youth Gathering is “We Believe”, based on John 20:31, “But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (ESV)About this theme, Rev. Terry Dittmer, Director for Youth Ministry notes, “Gathering participants always share how much it means to encounter other students who “believe like I do” as part of the National Gathering.  “We Believe” is a wonderful, corporate expression of our faith in Jesus Christ, especially as we focus on the creed and our confession as we take that faith to the New Orleans community in Word, celebration, service, witness and fellowship.”

Staff of the DCS Youth Ministry Office, the 2010 Gathering Executive Team, Rev. Dr. Joel Lehenbauer of the LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations and other “creative experts” from across the Church and the LCMS Southern District participated in developing the theme.

“We Believe”, the 11th triennial National LCMS Youth Gathering will be held July 17—21, 2010 in New Orleans, La. 2010 marks the event’s third visit to New Orleans. Previous New Orleans’ Gatherings included “A Time for Joy” (1992) and “Higher Ground” (2001). The Gathering had planned to hold its 2007 event in New Orleans, but moved to Orlando in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Some interesting changes are taking place as well with the number of Adult Leaders allowed being increased as well as the age requirement being lowered to 14.

I first became aware of the NYG’s when my younger sister attended the San Antonio Gathering in 1995.  As a youth leader I had the opportunity to attend the 1998 Gathering in Atlanta as a Family Group Adult Leader.  I was also blessed with the opportunity to serve as a Community Life Builder at both the 2001 Gathering in New Orleans and the 2004 Gathering in Orlando.  It is definitely an uplifting and wonderful experience to be a part of as I learned alot while growing in my faith even while being there as a youth.  Unfortunately due to circumstances out of my control I was unable to serve as a CLB at the 2007 Gathering though I had been chosen.  God-willing I’ll have the opportunity to serve in that capacity in 2010.

By the way, registration opens in the fall of 2009.  In the meantime learn more about the 2010 Gathering and the wonderful city of New Orleans here.