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Lutheran Youth Association

The ELS Board for Youth Outreach is excited to announce that the 2023 LYA Youth Convention will be held at Bethany Lutheran College from Thursday, July 27 – Sunday, July 30. Co-directors for the convention are Pastor Kyle Madson and Mr. Benjamin Faugstad. This annual event brings together youth from across the country. The Convention theme is “Created” (based on Genesis 1:27) and will feature keynote speaker, Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary President Rev. Timothy Hartwig.

Highlights of the 2023 LYA Youth Convention include…

Trinity Chapel at Bethany Lutheran College
Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Mankato

Morning & Evening Chapel Services and Sunday Divine Service

Daily services in the beautiful Trinity Chapel at Bethany Lutheran College. Sunday Divine Service (holy communion celebrated) hosted and presided over by Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Mankato and her pastors.

The LYA ’23 icon: Lucas Cranach’s “Creation” woodcut
LYA-ers listened to 2022’s keynote

“Created” Keynote

Keynote on God’s unique and good creations of man and woman by the Rev. Pres. Timothy Hartwig.

Ziplining with Kerfoot Canopy Tours
Kayaking with Bent River Outfitters


Group outdoor activity to either go ziplining with Kerfoot Canopy Tours or kayaking with Bent River Outfitters

Sectionals by ELS Clergy
“MasterClasses” by BLC Professors

Sectionals & MasterClasses

Sectionals taught by ELS clergy and Board for Youth Outreach members and “MasterClasses” covering a wide range of subjects, taught by Bethany Professors.

The new BLC Activity Center
‘Mutnik’ the Mankato Moondogs Mascot

Recreation & A Baseball Game

Recreation time in the brand new Bethany Activity Center, plus an evening at a Mankato Moondogs baseball game with a buffet meal (thanks to a generous sponsor).

We look forward to seeing you at the ELS Youth Convention at Bethany Lutheran College from Thursday, July 27 – Sunday, July 30, 2023!