The purpose of Good Shepherd’s Adult Faith Formation ministry is to offer a variety of adult group studies that lead to a deepening knowledge of the Bible and the application of biblical wisdom to contemporary life issues.

 4 Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.  5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.    

~ Psalm 25:4-5 (NIV)

 

FFA at Good Shepherd takes several different forms to meet the needs of people who wish to participate in different “depths” of study.

  • Long-Term or Ongoing Course Studies—Participants develop a deep relationship centered on mutual accountability to accomplish specific learning goals. A course study often includes: a covenantal commitment, growth in prayer life together, homework, and leaders that have committed themselves to course length. (8-32 sessions)
  • Short-Term Modular Studies—Participants focus on learning a particular issue (Advent, War & Peace), theological issue, or book of the Bible. The duration of the course is short enough to fit progressive learning into the schedules of those with busy lives. (4-7 sessions)
  • Interest Studies—Participants attend a one-time learning event that seeks to “bring people up to date” on a particular issue for society or the congregation. These are sometimes repeated to reach a larger audience. (1-3 sessions)
  • Specific Programs Of Interest— Special studies are offered as subject of interest arises (e.g. Pastors’ Bible Studies, Sunday Adult Forums, Financial Peace University).

Detailed course information of current studies and registration information can be found below, on the bulletin board and Sign-Up Central in the lobby, in The Shepherd’s Horn, in Our Life Together, and on Good Shepherd’s website. Room assignments are posted in Our Life Together and on signs in the lobby.

There are several ways to register so sign-up in whatever way is easiest for you! Look for a registration sheet at 'Sign-Up Central' in the tiled lobby.  Or, you may contact the study leader directly or the Director of Faith Formation (see contact info below). Some studies are listed as events on Facebook and you may RSVP there. 

However you choose to register, please let us know if you require childcare in order to attend.  Childcare can be arranged for children, ages newborn to 12, in the nursery if at least three families request it.

 

Please feel free to contact GSLC with any questions or concerns you may have regarding the Faith Formation program. We welcome your input and are happy to have the chance to answer any questions you may have or address any concerns.

Jen Jarman, Director of Faith Formation
jjarman@goodshepherd.com, 513.891.1700, x120

MEMBERSHIP PREPARATION
Adults desiring to join Good Shepherd are asked to complete three steps: (1) attend luncheon with a pastor, (2) attend a Member Preparation Class, and (3) be received into membership at a worship service. We offer each of these required events 6 times throughout the year to make the process as flexible as possible. For more information and schedule please click here, see The Shepherd's Horn newsletter, or contact Pastor Pat Badkey (513.891.1700, x111 or pbadkey@ goodshepherd.com). 
 
BAPTISM PREPARATION
This class is for adults wishing to be baptized or parents wishing to have their child(ren) baptized. It offers a great introduction to the sacrament of baptism and discusses what Lutherans believe about the sacrament. This class will be offered several times throughout the year. For more information please click here, see The Shepherd's Horn newsletter, or contact Pastor Pat Badkey (513.891.1700, x111 or
pbadkey@goodshepherd.com).