‘Participating’ in the LCMS Youth Gathering from afar

Comments (4)
  1. Sandra Robine says:

    Thank you for all this information so we can keep “in the know” while our granddaughters are with or church youth at the NYG. I’m sure, given the tragic events in so many cities (Louisiana included) these past weeks, many of our youth and parents and grandparents have SECURITY at the NYG in our minds. I know for a fact, it is a concern of our granddaughter. I would like to know, what the plan is for security while our youth are in New Orleans for the gathering this next week. I would appreciate specifics, please. And has that plan been shared and stressed with the adults that are accompanying our youth to the NYG? Thank you.

    1. Mrs. Robine,

      Thank you for your post and concern for your granddaughters and youth attending the LCMS Youth Gathering. The safety and well-being of Gathering participants is at the forefront of planning by Gathering staff and New Orleans city officials.

      Much about general safety for traveling, and specifically about the LCMS Youth Gathering and the city of New Orleans, has been shared in pre-Gathering materials and discussed on the Adult Leader Facebook Group.

      A recent blog addresses recent issues in our country and specific resources at the Gathering, and can be found here:

      Law enforcement officers and city officials are well-trained for incidents that might occur. They review these plans constantly for conferences like ours and other high-profile events like Super Bowls, music festivals, and cultural events. We thank God for their work and partnership in keeping our young people safe. Please pray for the well-being and safety of all the young people traveling to New Orleans this week. Thank you again for your Christ- centered support of your granddaughters and youth in your congregation.

      In Christ alone,

      Rev. Mark Kiessling
      LCMS Youth Ministry

  2. Lanny Moore says:

    Would love to participate from afar! However, we are unable to connect at “”.
    It says the account has been suspended. Not properly prepared, huh Mark?

    1. LCMS Church Information Center says:

      Thank you for your comment. Only the Gathering events in the Superdome will be livestreamed from the Gathering website ( This includes four evening Mass Events at 8:30 p.m. (Central Time) on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights and the Wednesday Divine Service on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.