Do you miss HT conferences during the year? Attend one of our many regional retreats! Hosted at a church or a camp, these one- or two-day events will fill you with all of the great things you get during a summer conference, but in a more intimate way. Picture the sanctuary of your local church filled with teenagers who are eager for the organ to begin the opening lines of the liturgy or their favorite hymns, are listening intently as they learn how their Lutheran faith applies to their lives and relationships, and laughing as they horse around playing games and getting to know other youth from the area. When you attend a Higher Things retreat, you challenge youth to Dare to be Lutheran, inspiring them to deeper faith and love for their neighbors.

Find a retreat near you to be refilled with the same reverent worship, robust teaching, and playful fun that Higher Things delivers at summer conferences, but in a smaller way. See you there!

The Devoted Devotional Life

August 12-13, 2022
Our Savior's LUTHERAN CHURCH - Aberdeen, SD

There are 168 hours in a week. Even if we are faithful, we are probably only spending 2 hours a week in worship and Bible study. What about the other 166? We sleep some but that is still a lot of time. How should we, as redeemed, baptized children of God spend our time? How should we react to what we see and experience in this time that we live in? We will explore these and a few more things when we explore "The Devoted, Devotional Life"

Pastor Bret Bierman is a "late bloomer", ordained into the Office of the Holy Ministry at the age of 53. He has an understanding wife, three sons, three daughters-in-law and five grandchildren. Pastor Bierman  grew up on a farm and farmed until he was ordained. He still loves the land, treasures the beauty of God's creation and loves to spend time in God's Word in this beauty.

$40 per person covers all Friday night snacks, Saturday breakfast, lunch, and snacks, all presentations and activities, and overnight lodging at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. This retreat is intended for confirmation youth, so any youth entering into or currently in confirmation instruction are welcome, no matter the grade or age.

You may also contact Pastor Randy Sturzenbecher at (605)391-0428 or to ask for a registration packet via email. Groups should register online or RSVP by August 5.

Rev. Randy Sturzenbecher
(605) 391-0428

Tana McKenna
Higher Things retreat coordinator
888-482-6630 x. 4

One Loaf: How Christ Keeps Us Together
When Everything is Falling Apart

September 23-24, 2022
Zion Lutheran Church, Tomball TX

We are more connected today than ever before, and yet loneliness, isolation, and division define everything around us. The devil, the world, and our own sinful nature all work to separate us from God and from each other. How does Christ draw us back together when everything is splitting into a million pieces? Through the Scriptures and the story of Christ's Church, Dr. Peperkorn will lead us to understand who we are as the people of God, and why we are one loaf, not just a bunch of cracked kernels.


Dr. Todd A. Peperkorn is an Assistant Professor of Ministry and Missions at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Prior to that, he served parishes in California and Wisconsin. He is one of the founding pastors of Higher Things. He and his wife, Kathryn, have four Higher Things going children.

The $50 cost covers four meals (Friday supper and all three meals on Saturday) and lodging at the church, in addition to the retreat activities, which begin at 6pm on Friday and conclude at 6:30pm on Saturday

You may also contact Lynea Sander at (832) 772-3170 or to ask for a registration packet via email. Groups should register online or RSVP by September 17

Lynea Sander

(832) 722-3170 

Tana McKenna
Higher Things retreat coordinator
888-482-6630 x. 4

Who Am I?

MARCH 24-25, 2023

The Christian's Identity in a World Full of Labels

Who are you? The world has a bunch of answers to this question. However, the answers from the world are nothing more than temporary labels. Yes, the world is busy putting labels on everyone and everything. The only problem is that the world can't make up its mind. Culture right now is very confused and struggling. It hurts to be slapped with a label, only to have the same label ripped off in the next moment.  

Join Pastors Richard, Walla, and Woodside, as they present the various labels that the world attempts to place on you, why these labels are temporary and false, and, finally, hear about your true identity in Christ. Yes, hear the good news of who you are - your identity in Christ is not a temporary label but an absolute certainty!

$50 per person covers all expenses for the retreat at St Paul’s, including all classes, food, activities, and lodging at the church. Boys and girls will be housed in separate areas of the church, and attendees should bring sleeping bags and pillows. There are no shower facilities, however bathrooms are located throughout the church. The retreat will begin at 6pm on Friday and end at 3pm on Saturday. 

Rev. Matthew Richard


Tana McKenna
Higher Things retreat coordinator
888-482-6630 x. 4

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