Walking through the teenage years can be quite exciting and quite scary at times. The ministry team at Shepherd of the Hills want to walk with not only the students but with parents as they go through this season of life. In this season, we believe 3 ideas are core to embracing this season of life: faith exploration, community development, and mentor growth. With these core ideas in mind we offer the following ministries to the students and their families:
In the Confirmation process, the students will be able to explore what it means to believe and interact with the Bible, what being a disciple of Jesus feels and looks like, and what the perspective is like when we say we identify as a Lutheran denomination
Converge is a place for all teens to simply build community, learn to follow Jesus together, and have some fun doing it along the way. On Wednesday nights, Converge starts at 6pm with the Jr. High students meeting till 6:30pm, and then from 6:30-7:30pm the Jr. High and High School team up to play games and do activities. Finally, Converge wraps up from 7:30-8:30pm with High School sinking deep into God's word through both study and field trips to live out what we are learning.
The high school ministry is absolutely a part of Converge, but it also is something separate and unique. There is a high school bible study every Sunday morning @9am, as well as a high school retreat up to Big Bear every January/February (click here for more information on this year's retreat). Finally, the high school ministry usually does a "mission trip" over the summer, which sometimes is a local mission and sometimes we actually have to "trip" somewhere to do mission.
A special mission opportunity happens every 3 years called the National Youth Gathering. On these summers, we will travel to a distant location to gather with 20,000 other teenagers to worship, to celebrate, and to serve the city where we are gathering. The next National Youth Gathering happens in July 2019 in Minneapolis, MN. More information coming soon.