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The Rev. Dr. Terry K. Dittmer retired in 2016 after serving as director of LCMS Youth Ministry since 2001. Dittmer was in charge of organizing the first LCMS National Youth Gathering in 1980, and he served at every Gathering through the 2016 event. As a Youth Ministry specialist, he was responsible for administering the Synod’s youth organization, Lutheran Youth Fellowship, which supports youth ministry in the LCMS and promotes leadership skill development in teenagers.

10 Things I Still Love About Youth

10 reasons to love youth and be inspired to engage in youth ministry.

Seven ‘senses’ of teen leaders

From my 38 years in LCMS Youth Ministry, I’ve observed youth who make strong leaders to have certain God-given gifts in common.

Some thoughts about Youth Polls

When we see positive data like the Youth Polls present, why wouldn’t we want that for all our teens? How are we investing in all youth?

Tis the Season to Sing

I’m noticing the music of the Christmas season this year as I reflect on music and the role of music in youth ministry.

Teens ‘stand strong’ in age of tolerance

Youth are not the future church, but they are the church’s future. They have been trained to ‘stand strong’ in an age of tolerance.

Missing Easter

It is easy to unintentionally miss celebrating Easter in the midst of our busyness. Fortunately for us, God’s grace and mercy never miss us.

They Speak For Life

A celebration of three women who stand for life and the LCMS participation in the March for Life.

O Holy Night: Christmas Memory of a Child

A child’s memory of an enchanting Christmas scene, the beauty of a choir’s song and the celebration of our Savior.

WORDERFUL GIFTS TEENAGERS ARE

Teenagers matter. Teenagers are gifts. Teenagers are part of the Church. Let’s love them well!

The 2018 Mindset list . . . Impacting the class of 2018

See what trends made the Beloit College Mindset List for college freshmen, class of 2018. What impact has faith made? What could it make?

What’s Next? Or rather, WHO’S Next?

Studying generational trends can help prepare us for teaching “Plurals”, the newest generation who is now entering our confirmation classes.