We’d like to have as many people attend our conferences each summer, even if it’s just for a little while! Come and learn what Higher Things is all about, and join us for a day!

Worship is at the heart of our conferences. The services are familiar to most LCMS Lutherans, since the liturgies and hymns are all taken straight from the Lutheran Service Book. Some of the services like Vespers and Compline might be new, but they are part of the great historic tradition of Lutheran worship. Youth really enjoy participating in these traditions of the church and the multiple services set a rhythm for each day that keeps the focus of the week on faithfully receiving gifts from Christ and Him crucified.

Catechesis (religious instruction) is the other major component of Higher Things conferences. We gather together each day to learn about God’s Word and our faith, and what it means to Dare to be Lutheran and live out our baptismal faith in all that we do. Plenary sessions are led by some of the best teachers we know, who teach us about some aspect of the conference theme. Then there are many opportunities to learn about your own interests and have questions answered on any number of issues during the breakout sessions.

Fun. Oh, we have fun. Not that Worship and Catechesis aren’t fun (in their own interesting way), but it’s good to kick back, let your hair down, and be silly too. Barn dances, magicians, karaoke, hymneoke (HT’s version of what older people would know as a hymn-sing), soccer, volleyball, Ultimate frisbee, talent shows, scavenger hunts, beach parties, fireworks, inflatables, etc. There’s more than enough fun to go around!

And when you join us for a day, you get to participate in all those activities too! So if you have an urge to take an impromptu road trip, want to come and see for yourself what happens, or just couldn’t get away for the entire week to go to a conference, please join us. Email Crysten Sanchez, the conference Registrar at registrar@higherthings.org to let us know you plan to come. Registration for the day is just $50/person. We’d love to see you at one of the conferences this summer!

Your $50 registration fee includes conference materials, a T-shirt, meals for the day and admission to all conference events going on that day – including evening entertainment options. Download a registration form HERE. For the safety of our youth participants all HTFAD participants must pre-register with the registrar.

  • June 25-28 at University of Scranton in Scarnton, PA

  • July 9-12 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN
July 16-19 at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA

In Christ,

Sandra Ostapowich

Conference Coordinator


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