Higher Things

2021 Higher Things Conference 

"Forgiven" at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, MI 

Tuesday, July 20th-Friday, July 23rd, 2021 



Each year, Good Shepherd takes a large group of youth (current 7th graders and older may attend. Conferences are especially applicable to high schoolers).

Cost per student is $400 if registered and paid in full by: 


Of your registration fee, $100 is absolutely non-refundable. If a the conference would not take place for any reason, you would receive a $300 refund and the non-refundable $100 deposit would pay for your admission to a virtual conference with the possibility of in person activities at Good Shepherd.

Email Mr. Stegman and he will register you with our group-zstegman@gslcs.org

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.

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-Confession and Absolution)

-Breakout sessions (students choose 6 out of about 36 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.


More details and other resources can be found at higherthings.org

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







Divine Service at Shyrock Auditorium


1000 Youth at the Pleanary Session Studying the 8th Commandment


Breakout Session on Mormonism