Higher Things

2020 Higher Things Conference 

"Watermarked" at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, MI 

Tuesday July 21st-Friday, July 24th, 2020 

Each year, Good Shepherd takes a large group of youth (current 7th graders and above, conference especially good for high schoolers).

Cost per student is $385 if registered by THURSDAY, JANUARY 30th, 2020.

You may register after that date but the price goes up. Some scholarships are available and some fundraising available. Please contact Mr. Stegman for info.

Mr. Westphal and Mr. Stegman are the group leaders each year. More adult chaperones are also needed! 

Conference registration includes all you can eat meals each day, dorm style housing, conference t-shirt, materials, and all activities.

There are 4 main parts to the conference:

-Worship (services each day with opportunities to play instruments and sing in the choir)

-Plenary sessions (4 large group Bible study sessions on the conference theme-Baptism)

-Breakout sessions (students choose 6 out of about 30 different topics dealing with the Bible, movies, dating/marriage, challenges of teenage years, etc.)

-Free Time (unique at every conference ranging from indoor and outdoor sports, board games, pool/foosball/ping pong, capture the flag, 3000 egg easter egg hunt, swimming, knocker ball, gameshow, archery tag, iron chef competition, chalk art, and many others over the years)

Follow this link to see some highlights from last year:


All services are conducted by LCMS pastors. All sessions are taught by LCMS pastors, DCE's, Commissioned Teachers, or lay adult youth leaders.

Every adult attending the conference from any group or staff is nationally background checked within the 12 months preceding the conference.

Contact Mr. Stegman with any questions at zstegman@gslcs.org!


2018 "Sanctified" HT Conference 
at Southern Illinois University Carbondale





Divine Worship at Shyrock Auditorium


1000 Youth at the Pleanary Session Studying the 8th Commandment


Breakout Session on Mormonism