When the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod inaugurated a national youth gathering in 1980, the sound system included microphones and an amplifier from a teen's bedroom. Now the event is held in stadiums and employs the latest technology, including laser shows and “anything possible our youth gatherings have found a way to employ,” says Terry Dittmer, who has worked in the LCMS office since 1979. Last year, Dittmer became the director of youth ministry for the St. Louis-based church. Dittmer ...

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