National Gathering


Lutheran Student Movement is moving on from Memphis and heading the U.S. Capital in 2019! We’ll technically be staying at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Get ready for an event that will get you thinking about how faith and the church intersect and shape our civic lives. From visiting the Smithsonian Museum campus to life changing speakers, activities and experiences, (plus tons of fun!)  this year’s conference will be one to remember. To register for the National Gathering, fill out the online registration form at

Our theme this year is We the People (of God). We’ll use Isaiah 51 (Listen to me, my people, and give heed to me, my nation; for a teaching will go out from me, and my justice for a light to the people.) as a centering point for our time together.

LSM Gathering Q&A

Who can attend?

We welcome all college students . Campus ministry staff are also encouraged to attend.  While the efforts of the Lutheran Student Movement are shaped by the Lutheran tradition, you do not have be Lutheran to come to this event!

When and where is the gathering taking place?

The gathering will take place Dec. 30th, 2019 – Jan. 2, 2019 in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The event begins at 3pm on 12/30 and we close by Noon on 1/2.

The main events are atthe National 4-H Center (7100 Connecticut Ave, Chevy Chase, MD).

Check-in for the gathering will take place from noon to 3:00 pm on Dec. 30th, so please try to arrive in that window.  Closing worship for the gathering will take place on Jan 2nd, 2019 and we’ll see you off with a sack lunch before you hit the road.

How can I register?

The online registration form  is here. (as well as on the LSM-USA Facebook page – Lutheran Student Movement USA).  Registration will be open through December 1st, 2019.

How much does it cost to attend the gathering?

Registration cost will be $250 per person. Cost covers everything during the gathering except for dinner one night on the town and transportation.  Please make checks payable to “LSM-USA” and send them to Lutheran Campus Ministry 1001 13th Street Boulder, CO 80302 by December 1st, 2019.

What are the workshops?

There will be various workshop session times during which participants will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics through guided activities and conversation. Some past topics include The Vinyl Preacher, Praying in Color and Social Advocacy.

What should I do if I’m interested in leading a workshop?

If you’re interested in leading a workshop or looking for additional information,  fill out a workshop form here.

How do we get to the gathering?

Dulles, Reagan, and Baltimore Airports are all within 30 miles of the retreat center. Check out the 4-H Center’s website for more specific details.

Where will we be sleeping?

Participants will be housed at the National 4-H Center. Check out their website for some pictures to get an idea of what things will be like.

What should we bring?

More information to come.

Will we have any free time to explore DC?

Yes!  One night, there will be some free time to explore the city and have a meal out on the town.  There will also be scheduled free time throughout the gathering itself.

If I’m interested in helping with worship or music, who should I contact?

We are looking for students to help with worship and music,  if you are interested please indicate that on your registration form and we’ll get you squared away.

Who should I contact with more questions?

You can message us on our Facebook page and we’ll get your question answered as quickly as possible.

Hope to see you at the 2019 LSM-USA National Gathering!