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.

Rhonda Mohr

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

Junior Youth Gathering

October 22-23, 2022
"Called + Gathered + Enlightened"
The Sheraton-West Des Moines
Topic: Apostles Creed
Theme Verse: 1 Corinthinas 6:11
Cost $175 per person
Registration Information
IDW Youth Ministry FB Page for Leaders

Here is a brief recap of all the fun students and leaders had at the 2021 Junior Youth Gathering. 

Senior Youth Gathering

November 18-20, 2022
"Say What?"
Holiday Inn at the Airport - Des Moines
Theme Verse: 1 Peter 3:15
Cost: $250 per person
Registration Information
Youth Ministry Facebook Page for Leaders

Here is a video sneak peak into all of the fun the students & leaders had at the 2021 gathering!

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