Lifelong Faith Formation
Welcome to Lifelong Faith Formation!
The Northern Great Lakes Synod has launched a new series of classes for adults who want to increase their knowledge and understanding of the Bible, church history, Lutheran Theology, world religions, and more. The new program, Lifelong Faith Formation, evolved from the synod’s Lay School for Mission.
Lifelong Faith Formation is not driven by an end result, such as graduation from a program. It is not a certification program to become a Licensed Lay Minister. It may play a role in an individual’s discernment to participate in a higher accountability program through a neighboring synod (East Central Synod of Wisconsin or Northwest Synod of Wisconsin) or lead to seminary. If you are interested in becoming a Licensed Lay Minister, please read this article and contact Bishop Katherine Finegan. Mostly, Lifelong Faith Formation is designed for curious adults who want to engage more deeply with the Bible, to learn more about church traditions, to become better equipped to serve the work of Christ in their congregations and to grow in spirituality and faith.
For more information, contact Sister Lori Ward at (615) 519-1969 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Semester 2020
In these challenging and uncertain times, our Synod is offering online classes this fall and winter. While discussions through computer screens are not ideal, online learning presents an opportunity to connect people from across the synod—people who share a love of learning and have discovered that adult studies help them to grow in faith. Classes are FREE, but may require the purchase of textbooks or other materials. Students will receive ZOOM links from their instructor. For more information or to ask questions, please contact Sister Lori Ward at (615) 519-1969 or email@example.com.
Please register at least one week prior to the date your class(es) begin
Introduction to Biblical Greek with Pastor Nicole Hanson-Lynn of Salem & Zion, Ironwood
September 13—November 1 (8 weeks)
Every Sunday, 6-7 pm CT / 7-8 pm ET
Click here for a list of class materials and notes from Pastor Nicole.
We will be studying an introduction to Biblical Greek. Learn the basics of this language to gain a better appreciation for the difficult work of translators, common choices that translators have to make, and see the beauty of this language. Learn some tools that can help you dive deeper into the scripture.
Bias in Our Communities: Addressing Race in Rural America with Pastor Christina Forsythe of Porterfield & Beaver American, Pound
September 15—October 13 (5 weeks)
Every Tuesday, 5-6:15 pm CT / 6-7:15 pm ET
Click here for a list of optional class materials.
How do we talk about racial injustice … or speak to biases we see? What does it mean to be racist? What is white privilege? These are among the questions we face right now in our rural places. This class will address biases in ourselves and our communities, with reflections on biblical principles and racial justice. We’ll also practice having conversations in community. Come enter a safe space to talk about challenging realities in our country, with plenty of room for questions and discussion.
Freedom—A Study in Galatians with Bishop Emeritus Tom Skrenes
September 16—October 28 (7 weeks)
Every Wednesday 4-5 pm CT / 5-6 pm ET
Materials needed for this class: Augsburg Fortress Lutheran Study Bible (NRSV) or any good study Bible for RSV or NRSV.
St. Paul gives us in his letter to the Church at Galatia a doctrine and message of freedom. The Church has so treasured this letter that we now see it (along with Romans) as pivotal in our understanding of God’s relationship to humanity. What a joy to read this message of freedom. The class will explore this message and see how it applies to all of us today. What makes us free?
Ecclesiastes Bible Study with Pastor Tommy Richter of Zion, Manistique
September 16-November 4 (8 weeks)
Every Wednesday 6-7 pm CT / 7-8 pm ET
Materials needed for this class: a Bible.
Qohelet (the proper name for Ecclesiastes) is a poetic book that can be hard to read on your own. We’ll dive together into this sometimes very obscure wisdom book and discover the great comfort that lies at its heart! Its aim is to put us at peace with our day-to-day lives so that we can be content in the present without anxiety and yearning for the future.
New to Zoom? No problem. Here is a simple step-by-step set of instructions to follow as you prepare for your class this fall.
Step 1: Log into your email account.
Step 2: Find and open the email from your meeting host that contains the invite link.
Step 3: Click on the invite link and Zoom will redirect you to a webpage. This webpage will ask you to download the Zoom app on your device whether you are using a desktop or a mobile device.
Step 4: Once the application is downloaded on your desktop, install and open it. Zoom should automatically open the meeting. If that does not happen, head back over to your email and click on the invite link. You will now see a prompt to open the link in the Zoom app.
Step 5: Grant the necessary permissions to the Zoom app to use your camera and microphone in order to get started and join the meeting.