Student ministry at a glance

Walking through the pre-teen years, teenage years, and early 20s 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.

Also, here's a letter from Pastor Jonathan explaining the Confirmation Journey process:  Confirmation Letter

  • Spark: Pre-confirmation (5th - 6th Grades)

    In Spark, the students begin their Confirmation of Faith journey by exploring deeper into the stories of the Bible as well as getting acquainted with Martin Luther's Small Catechism. During this "spark" process, the students are challenged (perhaps for the first time) to reflect on their own beliefs and simply start asking, "Why do we believe these things?" While reflecting on what they believe, the students will  begin to memorize and become aware of what the Church has believed through the ages, especially using the Bible and Luther's Small Catechism.

    Spark happens on Sunday mornings at 9am beginning in Chapel West and ending in Room 6.

  • o2: Confirmation and beyond (7th - 10th grades)

    As the students have their hearts and minds "sparked" by learning and growing older into their teen years, they are ready to go deeper into this journey of faith. Thus, we offer a breath of fresh air through our O2 class. This part of the journey starts focusing on the practical side of faith while still going deeper into learning about the story of the Bible and Martin Luther's Small Catechism. We go from simply asking the question , "Why do we believe these things?" to "How do I believe these things" and/or "If I struggle in my belief of these things, why is that?" Sometime in the 02 process, most of our students become ready to be confirmed in their faith through the rite of Confirmation. The great thing about this community is that some are almost ready to be confirmed and others are fairly recently confirmed in their faith, so it provides a great mix of understandings yet also an unifying the through the group.

    02 happens on Sunday morning at 9am in the Youth Room/Room 9. 11th-12th graders are welcome, but they will be asked to assist with the teaching of the day. This year our curriculum focuses on the Bible itself, especially in asking ourselves the questions: "How did the Bible come to be?" and "How should we read the Bible as a whole and as individual books?"

  • converge (5th grade - 12th grade)

    Converge is a place for all students to simply build community, learn to follow Jesus together, and have some fun doing it along the way. 

    On Wednesday nights, Converge starts at 6:15pm with worship in Chapel East, then at 7pm everyone teams up to play games and do activities. Then, we take from 7:45-8pm to have a time of drinks and snacks in the Youth Room/Room 9, which finally leads us from 8-8:30pm to break up into small groups for a time of devotion and prayer.

    Feel free to have your student come to one part or all parts of Converge Night!

  • Ignite: Owning your faith (11th grade - College years)

    As teenagers become more independent in later high school and through the college years, they need a space to let out all the questions, doubts, joys, passion, and challenges their faith goes through during these years. This is what Ignite is all about. In these years of independence, we don't have your faith to struggle to to be ignited into a life of faith that means something to you and to those around you. 

    Ignite meets most Sundays at 2pm at a local coffee place. If you 'd like to join us email Adam and Emily Stadnik (our leaders of Ignite) here or reach out to Pastor Jonathan's (who oversees all student ministries) by email

Spark and o2/Converge Curriculum

Below you will find  the curriculum we are using for Spark, which will include a video and then a handout.  You can also find the curriculum we are using for our O2 and Converge discussions which will also include a video (from The Bible Project YouTube Channel) and a handout. If you have any questions concerning these handouts please contact Pastor Jonathan

  • spark - jam session/the Lord's prayer

    This is a blended curriculum from 252's seasonal curriculum and Pastor Jonathan's teaching on Martin Luther's Small Catechism. The Video is the biblical/topical basis which the students will then jump off of into the handout's teachings and activities.

    November 4th - Handout

    November 11th - Handout

  • o2/Converge - The Bible project

    This year with O2 and with Converge we are going to dive into the Bible deeper and in more practical ways than most of these students have ever seen using The Bible Project as our main curriculum. Yet, behind every awesome video or engaging handout from The Bible Project team will be Pastor Jonathan and sometimes Pastor Tom making sure it is taught in a distinctively Lutheran as well as Christian way.  On the website, we will share the video and the handout from our times together, but if you ever have any questions don't hesitate to contact Pastor Jonathan.

    November 4th - Video 1 and Video 2 and Handout 1 and Handout 2