National Lutheran Youth Workers Conference (referred to as NATIONAL) brings together youth workers from across the country to be encouraged in their vocation and further equipped in their service to the Church. Participants dialogue about practical skills and relevant theory for effective youth ministry while networking with other volunteer and professional youth leaders.


NATIONAL takes place the year before the LCMS Youth Gathering in the Gathering city to give youth leaders the opportunity to get acclimated with the city and prepare for their youth’s experience at the Gathering.


NATIONAL15 took place in New Orleans, LA on July 12-15, 2015. Plans are in the works for the next NATIONAL to take place in Minneapolis, MN in the summer of 2018.