What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus Christ in the 21st century? How does faith help us navigate the everyday challenges we face? How might God be calling me to act in my everyday life? These are the kinds of questions we are trying to wrestle with as we seek to become better disciples every day.
That’s why we have come to call St. John’s multigenerational Christian education program “Training Disciples.” In Training Disciples, people of all ages are welcome to come to nourish body and soul and learn with us about how to walk the path of discipleship in our everyday lives. Whether you are new to this community or have been here forever, we invite you to come take your place at the table and embark on this journey with us.
Important Note: Due to current CDC guidelines, we have suspended most in person gatherings for the time being. However, we will continue periodically to engage in times of bible study and prayer midweek on Wednesdays. For series that are online only, you’ll be able to find a link to the live stream and other updates on our Virtual Church page.
Current and Upcoming Series
Stay tuned as this information is updated and new series are added!
Lenten Series: Gifts of Discipleship (online only)
What does being a disciple have to do with our baptism? In the Lutheran tradition, absolutely everything! If you tuned in last year for our Lenten series about the promises we make in our baptism, the themes in this series will sound pretty familiar. These are five main aspects of being a disciple, following the way of Christ, and each week we’ll be hearing from voices around the synod about what these things mean and how they might look in our lives. Please join us!
- Wednesday, February 24, 7pm — Gift 1: To live among God’s faithful people
- Wednesday, March 3, 7pm — Gift 2: To hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper
- Wednesday, March 10, 7pm — Gift 3: To proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed
- Wednesday, March 17, 7pm — Gift 4: To serve all people, following the example of Jesus
- Wednesday, March 24, 7pm — Gift 5: To strive for justice and peace in all the earth.
Kids Series: Understanding Holy Week (small group in person)
- Wednesday, March 10, 6:30pm
- Wednesday, March 17, 6:30pm
- Wednesday, March 24, 6:30pm
Kids Series: Miracles of Jesus, Understanding Discipleship (small group in person)
- Wednesday, April 7, 6:30pm
- Wednesday, April 14, 6:30pm
- Wednesday, April 21, 6:30pm
- Wednesday, April 28, 6:30pm
May Series: Tentative, all details TBD
Previously, on Training Disciples…
Advent Series: Prayer as a Body (online only)
This series will move through some faith and spiritual practices designed to help us find the peace of Christ even in the midst of chaos. We’ll be focusing on the incarnation by praying and experiencing God in our own bodies.
- Wednesday, December 2, 7pm
- Wednesday, December 9, 7pm
- Wednesday, December 16, 7pm
- Wednesday, December 23, 7pm
Kids Series: Advent and Incarnation (small group in person)
In anticipation of the celebration of Christmas, this series will focus on the incarnation of Jesus as a human and the importance of his incarnation for our lives with bible study and fun activities. Elementary school kids of all ages are welcome to join! Please contact Pr. Day if you’d like more information.
- Wednesday, December 2, 6:30pm
- Wednesday, December 9, 6:30pm
- Wednesday, December 16, 6:30pm
Fall Series: Stewardship, Gratitude, and Faith (online only)
This series focuses on exploring our relationship to God and our relationship to our neighbors through the lens of our relationship to stuff. What does it mean to be “stewards” of God’s creation? How is God calling us to use the time, money, and stuff that we have been given? What can we learn from scripture about wise, faithful stewardship? Those are some of the main questions we will be trying to dig into together! (Click below to watch each video)
- Wednesday, September 30, 7pm — It All Belongs to God
- Wednesday, October 7, 7pm — Money and Possessions in the New Testament
- Wednesday, October 14, 7pm — Portrait of a Biblical Giver
Lenten Series: The Five Promises of Baptism
This five week series was designed for anyone curious about community life and belonging in the Lutheran church. Meant for people of all ages and all levels of involvement (or no involvement) in the church.
This series began as a gathering for food and fellowship, followed by bible study and prayer, but because of Covid, the last three session ended up being broadcast over Facebook Live and are still available to watch below!
- Wednesday, March 4 — To live among God’s faithful people
- Wednesday, March 11 — To hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper
- Wednesday, March 18 — To proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed
- Wednesday, March 25 — To serve all people, following the example of Jesus
- Wednesday, April 1 — To strive for justice and peace in all the earth