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.

Winter Semester 2021

In these challenging and uncertain times, our Synod is offering online classes this 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 Deacon-Elect Lori Ward at (615) 519-1969 or [email protected].

Promotional Materials

Click here to download the Winter 2021 Flyer
Bulletin Announcements
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Registration for the Winter semester is now closed

Registration closes for all classes Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 5 pm ET or when enrollment for a class reaches 20 participants.

Introduction to Biblical Greek II with Pastor Nicole Hanson-Lynn of Salem & Zion, Ironwood
Every Sunday, January 10 — February 28 (8 weeks) from 6-7 pm CT / 7-
8 pm ET
Click here for a list of class materials and resources from Pastor Nicole.
Click here for class lectures
Registration for the Winter semester is now closed
This class is designed for people who took Greek I this past fall or for people with some understanding of the language. We will continue to learn the basics of Biblical Greek to gain a better appreciation for the difficult work of translators, the common choices that translators have to make, and the beauty of this language. Learn some tools that can help you dive deeper into the scripture.

Reflections on Bonhoeffer’s Life Together, While We are Apart with Pastor Lisa Ubbelohde of Bethlehem, Florence
Every Monday, January 11—February 15 (6 weeks), with two choices of meeting time:  2-3 pm CT / 3-4 pm ET or 7:30-8:30 pm CT / 8:30-9:30 pm ET
Click here for a list of class materials and resources from Pastor Lisa.
Class syllabus coming soon.
Registration for the Winter semester is now closed
“The Christian classic, Life Together, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, outlines the essential principles of Christian fellowship, gleaned in the backdrop of the pre-war German underground. At a time when Hitler’s hate was on the rise, Dietrich lift- ed up Christ’s love within a community of faith. Bonhoeffer begins Life Together by quoting the Psalmist, ‘Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.’ (Psalm 133:1). At a time when there was precious little in Germany that was good and pleasant, he saw and experienced the sweetness of Christian fellowship.” (Synopsis by Joel Mark Solliday, M.Div.)

The Doctrine of Discovery: From Myth to Reality with Pastor Bucky Beach, Good Shepherd, Houghton and others
Every Monday, January 11—February 8 (5 weeks) from 5-6 pm CT / 6-7 pm ET
Click here for a list of class materials
Click here for class syllabus
Registration for the Winter semester is now closed
The Northern Great Lakes Synod Council declared May 2020 to May 2021 as a “Year of Discovery.” It is a call for our synod members to better understand and appreciate the history, heritage and culture of Native American peoples, as we reflect on the historical content of the Doctrine of Discovery and its impact on American and religious psyche, creating a society that harmed, and continues to harm, our Native siblings. And perhaps this Year of Discovery can also take you to a sacred place…a place of discovering and learning from a valuable culture; a spirituality filled with grace and gratitude; and an awareness that we are all related.

Bias in Our Communities: Addressing Race in Rural America with Pastor Christina Forsythe of Porterfield, Porterfield & Beaver American, Pound
Every Tuesday, January 12 — February 9 (5 weeks) from 5-6:15 pm CT / 6-
7:15 pm ET
Click here for the class syllabus and list of optional class materials.
Class syllabus coming soon.
Registration for the Winter semester is now closed
How do we talk about racial injustice or address biases in our community? This class will look at what is going on in our nation through the lens of history and scripture. We will then learn to identify bias as well as the ways it plays out in ourselves and our communities. Finally, we will practice having conversations in community that help to address biases. You are invited to a safe space where we can talk about the challenging realities in our country.

Walking Together: Companionship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania with Luanne and Rev. Thomas Skrenes


The Gospel of John with Pastor Tommy Richter of Zion, Manistique
Every Wednesday (no class Ash Wednesday, February 17) January 13-March 10 (8 weeks) from 6-7 pm CT / 7-
8 pm ET
Materials needed for this class: a Bible.
Click here for the question page for Session 1
Click here for class syllabus
Registration for the Winter semester is now closed
A darling text of the Reformation, one of the most poetic Gospels, and everyone’s favorite non-synoptic book, the Gospel of John is unhinged in time and ready to shine light into the darkness of our days (and the darkness shall not overpower the light!). The Gospel of John promises to create faith in its hearers in an intimate way that we can taste, smell and touch. So come discover why this book was written: “so that you also will come to believe and have life” (John 20:30-31).

Zoom Instructions

New to Zoom? No problem. Here is a simple step-by-step set of instructions to follow as you prepare for your class this winter.

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.

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