Frequently Asked Questions

Our planning teams felt like it was no longer a safe decision to move forward with an in-person event because of the ongoing pandemic and recent surges of COVID-19. With a unique event where participants are sharing hotel rooms with members not in their households, there was a great concern of the Gathering becoming a superspreader event. As people of faith, we feel like canceling was the best decision.
Yes, both the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) and the tAble are canceled for 2022.
All registered congregations will be able to log into their registration accounts and request a refund starting Monday, Feb. 7. There will also be an option to donate a portion of your deposits to the ministry of the Gathering, MYLE and the tAble. All refunds will be made by direct deposit and will require account and routing numbers to be entered. Please log into your accounts before March 4.
Yes, you can either receive a refund of $160 or transfer your registration to another Intensive Care Course. Please watch for communications from the ELCA Youth Ministry Network to select your desired option.
Yes, a cash refund will be provided to those who come to the Registration Table in the Redwing Meeting Room by noon on Sunday, Feb. 13. Refunds not claimed by noon on Sunday will be donated to the ministry of the ELCA Youth Ministry Network.
Yes. The ELCA is deeply committed to the young people of our church and to providing a meaningful faith formation event in 2024 and beyond.
The 2024 Gathering will take place July 16-20, 2024, with the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) and the tAble taking place July 13-16, 2024. Stay tuned to Gathering communications for a location announcement this summer.
Stay tuned to Gathering communications for a location announcement this summer.
Our team does not feel like we can provide a meaningful faith formation experience online at this time.
Unfortunately, no. We invite those who are interested in serving in 2024 to stay connected to Gathering communications to learn about when volunteer applications will open for the 2024 Gathering.
Yes, please stay tuned to Gathering communications for information on how to apply for a planning team for the 2024 Gathering.
Since spring 2019, when our team discerned the theme of boundless: God beyond measure, there have been significant world events — an ongoing pandemic, a financial crisis, political unrest, civil rights and social movements, to name just a few. While we know that God’s boundless love will embrace us forever, we want to be open to discovering what theme will connect to our young people in 2024.
It is our hope and desire to return to Minneapolis in a future Gathering cycle.
Yes, the 2022 ELCA Churchwide Assembly is still planned for an in-person event Aug. 8-12 in Columbus, Ohio. For more information about Churchwide Assembly, please visit ELCA.org/ChurchwideAssembly.
Yes, the 2022 ELCA Youth Ministry Network’s Extravaganza is still taking place, both in-person in Minneapolis and online. We highly encourage you to still attend this phenomenal and enriching continuing education event. For more information about the Extravaganza or the Network, please visit ext22.org.
We know that there are thousands of young people who did not get to experience the Gathering. It was not an easy decision to cancel, and our hearts break for these young people. We encourage young adults to connect with ELCA Young Adult Ministries to learn more about exciting opportunities such as Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM), ABIDE small groups and a new domestic fellowship program that is in the works. We also hope to have young adult opportunities at the 2024 Gathering and encourage them to apply to serve on planning teams.
We strongly encourage you to connect with your local outdoor ministry site to explore God’s boundless creation with your young people. Many outdoor ministries are using our shared theme of boundless: God beyond measure. To learn more or find your closest outdoor ministry site, please visit: lomnetwork.org/sites.