Basic Information

Click here to download the registration information packet.


The Theme

“Take, eat; this is My Body given for you. This is My Blood, poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins.” Sound familiar?

Jesus does the giving, we are the ones given-to. Jesus gives His life for us on the Cross and we are given His Cross-won forgiveness in the Divine Service - in the Word, in Holy Absolution, in Holy Baptism, and His Supper. As Jesus gives us His life and salvation in the Divine Service, so we are given to pray in His Name, to praise and to give thanks unto our Father in heaven. And just as we are given the gift of Jesus in the Divine Service, so also He gives us as a gift to our neighbors. 

This year, in Utah and in Tennessee, Lutheran youth will gather to rejoice in all that we are  GIVEN in the Divine Service where Jesus gives us His actual Body to eat and His Blood to drink!  His Word and Sacraments enliven us to  be given in service to our neighbors. And it’s all given to us in the Divine Service - the Cross, forgiveness, eternal life, salvation, and service to others!


Registration will open on October 1, 2009 and close on February 28, 2010, or when a site reaches capacity - whichever happens first.  We work very diligently to keep costs as low as possible while providing the best conferences we can - every year!  Here’s how it works out this year:

  Oct. 1, 2009 to
Jan 1., 2010
Jan. 2, 2010 to
Feb. 28, 010
After Mar. 1, 2010
Given - Utah $300 $310 $325
Given - Tennessee $325 $335 $350


The per-person rates above are based on the date your group’s registration balance is PAID IN FULL.  Additional fees may apply for registrations and changes made after March 1, 2010.

Not only can you register your group online by clicking here, you can pay deposits and your balance through PayPal!  All you need is a valid Higher Things account.  If you don’t have a free HT Account yet, you can sign up for one here.

Your Registration Fee covers:

  • Conference Programming 
    • Planning
    • Catechesis
    • Worship
    • Entertainment
  • Three (3) Nights of Housing
  • Ten (10) Meals
  • Conference Handbook
  • Daily Services Book
  • Conference T-Shirt

Are there age requirements for youth?

Short answer: Not really.  
Long answer: Higher Things conferences are generally planned for high school aged youth, but registrants may be any youth who has been confirmed before the date of the conference, including college students.  We recognize that the age for confirmation may vary from congregation to congregation and just ask that if a group is bringing youth who are not yet in high school that the group leaders be prepared to provide any additional supervision accordingly.


Higher Things requires that each group must have at least one (1) male adult for every seven (7) male youth and/or at least one (1) female adult for every seven (7) female youth in your group. Chaperones must be at least 21 years old at the time of registration and approved by the group’s pastor for their role.  All chaperones and other adults in a group must also complete the registration process.

If you are unable to recruit the necessary number of chaperones from your church for your youth to attend a conference, Higher Things is happy to help you find other groups from your area who might be willing to share their chaperones with you.

More information will be GIVEN to you very soon!  But if you just can’t contain your curiousity and excitement, you may email to make sure you haven’t missed anything, or to ask any questions you might have.  Everything that is available about the conferences at any GIVEN time at